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Spelman College Healthcare Summit Speakers

Rosetta E. Ross, Ph.D.

Rosetta Ross

Moderator: The Intersection of Faith, Spirituality, and Health as a Construct of Healing

Rosetta E. Ross is professor of religion at Spelman College. She pioneered scholarly work on religion and Black women’s activism in the U.S. civil rights movement. Ross was an early proponent of womanist theology. Her research explores religion and women’s social action; Christian ethics and society; and religions in the lives of Africana women. She is author of "Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights," co-author of "The Status of Racial and Ethnic Clergywomen in the United Methodist Church" (with Jung Ha Kim), and co-editor of "Unraveling and Reweaving Sacred Canon in Africana Womanhood" (with Rose Mary Amenga-Etego).

Her journal articles and book chapters explore issues of religions and society, including womanist and feminist theologies, race and identity, gender, healthcare access, and the meaning of Black religion. A scholar-activist, Ross was founding board chair for The Daughters of the African Atlantic, which facilitates international, intergenerational, interfaith interrogations of religions’ functions among African-descended women. Through the United Methodist Church, she mentors women of color entering the academy. At Spelman College, Ross led development of a diverse religious studies curriculum, including hiring the first full-time faculty to teach Islam and Eastern religious traditions. She is married to the Rev. Ronald S. Bonner who leads Ministry to the City at Redeemer Lutheran Church. They reside in Atlanta.