townes, emilie m. Papers

Span Dates: 1971-2015
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Volume: 23.25 linear ft.


The emilie m. townes papers consist of sermons, correspondence, and publications related to townes’ work as a womanist theologian.

Hist/Bio Note

The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes is an American Baptist minister and womanist ethicist. A native of Durham, North Carolina, she earned her doctorate in the joint Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University program and her doctor of ministry degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Townes has served as pastoral leader of United Faith Affinitas, a Black LGBT congregation in Chicago, and interim pastoral leader of Christ the Redeemer Metropolitan Community Church in Evanston, Illinois. She serves on a number of boards, including the Advisory Committee of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project. Active in forging networks between Afro-Brasilian feminists and U.S. womanists, in her writing and scholarship, Townes focuses on the intersection of class, gender, and race as windows into our inhumanity and guideposts for our attempts at justice.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online.


The papers are located at the Burke Library at the Union Theological Seminary in New York.


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