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Ordinary Theologies

Religio-spirituality and the Leadership of Black Female Principals


Arnold Noelle Witherspoon

Through narrative analysis, Ordinary Theologies highlights the intersectionality of gender, race, and religio-spirituality. It examines the relationship of past and current religio-spiritual leadership understandings that contest the status quo in U.S. schools. The historicity and analysis of gender and race contributes to reconceptualizing educational and leadership by emphasizing the voices of Black female leaders, voices that provide alternative understandings of schooling, stressing the importance of gendered and raced voices in administration, and questioning formulaic models of leadership and the research that reifies them.
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Chapter 4 Exegesis


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Chapter 4


Readers can learn something from believers even without becoming converted.

(Moody, 2003, p. xi)

“Exegesis is described as an explanation of interpretation of texts, especially religious ones” (Cannon, 1988). Pastors or teachers in the church are considered as exegetes, or ones who interpret and help make sense of the Bible as it relates to matters of theology and the lives of people. Although I claim no pastoral responsibility with this work, the participants have left me the challenge of interpreting and presenting their texts. Chapter Four represents the efforts at interpretation of the spiritual narratives presented in the previous chapter. For these reasons I have called this chapter “Exegesis.” The analysis in Chapter Four explores each spiritual historian’s spiritual narrative and themes peculiar to each. This chapter also explores the women’s personal lives in more detail and the way that religio-spirituality impacts their lives outside of the workplace. However, the big assumption in this book is that their professions as part of their lives are also influenced greatly by this religio-spirituality. This chapter discusses the communal nature of their narratives through cross-narrative analysis and conceptualizes the broader themes in their narratives as they relate to the role of religio-spirituality of Black female principals, particularly as principal. ← 155 | 156 →

Cross-Talk: Religio-Spirituality and Cross-Narrative Analysis

“Cross”-Talk discusses the use of religio-spirituality in the lives of the women and their reliance on a relationship...

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