Biblical Scholar, Seminary Professor, Episcopal Priest

Travel & Appearances: Community & Congregational Presentations

Contact Wil Gafney at, (high resolution photo available here)

For sermons, lectures, presentations and commentary on:

  • Hebrew Bible and Old Testament (Prophets, Women Prophets, Issues in Translation)
  • Dead Sea Scrolls and other Canons of Scripture
  • Midrash and Rabbinic Literature
  • Use of Scripture in the Public Square
  • The Bible and the Black Church
  • Muslim, Jewish and Christian Interfaith Conversations
  • Gender and Scripture/Church/God

Upcoming Events:

3 September 2018, Panel Discussion: Courageous Conversations, Sexuality and Scripture, Chicago, IL, register here.

24 September 2018, Preacher, Nevertheless She Preached Conference, Waco, TX, register here.

26-27 October 2018, Keynote, Evolving Faith Conference, Montreat, NC, *sold out*

6-12 January, 2019, Continuing Education course, RevGals Big Event, Womanist Midrash, Carnival Cruise Lines, register here until 31 August.

5 February 2019, Plenary Address, Minister’s Week, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX, event details will be posted here.


Past events:

11 February 2018, Book Signing, Freedom’s Chapel Disciples of Christ Church, Memphis TN

5-6 February 2018, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware OH

8 February 2018, Payne Lecture, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin TX

6 April 2018, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

22 October 2017, Sermon, Freedom’s Chapel Disciples of Christ Church, Memphis TN

17-18 September 2017, Preaching before the Last Trumpet Sounds and Preaching Your Way Through the War on Women, Women in Ministry Conference, Atlanta GA

11-12 March 2017, De-centering Whiteness, Maleness and Heteronormativity in Biblical Interpretation Chidester Lecture Series and sermon, Sylvania UCC, Sylvania OH

2 April 2016, Which Lives Matter? 3rd Annual Hesed Lectures Austin Presbyterian Seminary, Austin TX

28-29 April 2016, Womanist Midrash: A Womanist Approach to Reading, Translating and Interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures, Whitworth University, Spokane WA

29 October 2016, Faith With Works Is Alive! Southwest Regional Assembly, Christian Church, Northway Christian Church, Dallas TX

4-6 November 2016, Sex, Gender and Identity in the Scriptures, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis MN
Three Lectures: The Heart of Torah: Writing Sex, Gender & Identity in Leviticus
Exodus, From Slavery to Slavery: Sex-Slavery in Ancient Israel
Queendom: Royal Women in Israel and Judah

6 February 2016, Re-Rereading, Re-Writing, Re-Telling Biblical Stories. $35 Registration required. This series of four lectures will explore collections of biblical texts: 1) women and girls relegated to the margins of text and tradition, 2) royal women and girls in Israel and Judah, 3) women in the life of David and 4) women prophets. Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX

15-18 February 2016 Sisters of the Rock: The Holy Alliance Of Womanism and Faith, reading and reflecting on the biblical text from a womanist hermeneutic. Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Houston, TX

24 February 2016, Lenten Lecture: De-centering Whiteness as a Path to Racial Reconciliation Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, TX

February 2015, She Reigns: The Royal Women of Israel and Judah, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Stephenville, TX

8 February 2015, University Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, TX – Bible Study: “Royal Women of Israel & Judah”

25 January 2015: Sunshine Cathedral, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Sermon: “Turn That Motha Out”

7 December 2014: Trinity Episcopal Church, Ft. Worth, TX

Adult Forum: Mothers of the Messiah: Genealogies and Jesus, 10:30 am

14 November 2014: Beth-El Congregation, Ft. Worth, TX, 7:30 pm

Shabbat Synaplex, Lecture on Women Prophets

19 October 2014: Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas TX

8:00 am Sermon

22 September 2014: Brite Divinity School, Ft. Worth TX

Turning Tables Teach-In, Response to Ferguson


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