Katie G. Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership releases new Lenten guide by Rev. Lisa Janes

Happy New Year! Now that 2021 is upon us, it will be time soon to begin your planning for the spiritual journey through Lent. The staff of Morton Library proudly recommends a new adult curriculum by our own Circulation Supervisor, Rev. Lisa R. Janes, released in December by the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership, entitled “It’s A New Day”: A Lenten Journey with Sonia Sanchez.

From the Cannon Center’s own press release:

    “Aaaayee Babo (Praise God), It’s A New Day!”

    As we move into the season of Lent in the Christian year 2021, the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership is excited to launch a new adult curriculum titled “’It’s A New Day’: A Lenten Journey with Sonia Sanchez,” developed by Reverend Lisa R. Janes.

    This study guide story-links the life, poetry, and activism of Dr. Sonia Sanchez to the life and ministry of Jesus, beginning with his baptism at the Jordan River and culminating with his journey to the cross on Good Friday.

    As a poet, playwright, author, professor, and mother, Dr. Sanchez is a warrior-woman of words. She pioneered in the halls of academia, during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the introduction of black literature, or what is known today as African American literature. In 1969, while teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, she was the first to create and teach a course based on the Black Woman and Literature in the United States.

    Her poetry and unique lyricism of language, which ranges from prophetic, radical, and revolutionary to contemplative, has inspired many in the hip-hop and spoken word communities. As an evolutionary-revolutionary who is now 86 years strong, Dr. Sanchez has continued in her quest, as a co-founder of the Black Arts Movement and a participant in the Nation of Islam, the American Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Power Movement, to ask the relevant question for the 21st century, “What does it mean to be human?”

    Through this Lenten journey study, you will discover that you must learn how to breathe and come to your senses as you battle the vicissitudes of life, for it is in the experience of our trauma and pain that we emerge as true warriors—paraphrasing the words of Sonia Sanchez—“badddDDD, badder than bad!”

  • The Reverend Lisa R. Janes, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is the only child born to the late Burnett L. Janes. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her Master of Divinity at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in 2008. She was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2010 and served as Minister of Christian Education at Faith Community Baptist Church in Richmond, VA from 2011-2015. Currently, she serves as an Associate Pastor. Rev. Janes is currently employed as a Circulation Supervisor at the William Smith Morton Library on the campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary.

The Lenten guide is available now at the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership website. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the guide for free.

Congratulations, Lisa, and thank you for sharing this resource with the UPSem community!