Board of Advisors: Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman

The Reverend Eboni Marshall Turman, Ph.D. is Assistant Research Professor of Theological Ethics, Black Church Studies, and African & African American Studies at Duke University, The Divinity School.  An author, ordained minister, professor, and public theologian, Dr. Turman is a refreshing addition to our most pressing national discussions of faith, race and gender. Dr. Turman is passionate about helping Black women and men rise above and function through systemic gender bias, racism and exploitation.  At a time in our history when the Black church and Black lives are under siege, Dr. Turman has committed her research, scholarship and platform to a nuanced exploration of the most marginalized among us.  With her decidedly womanist point of view, she stands out as one of the few public women’s voices offering a moral and theological perspective on issues facing the Black community.

She is the youngest woman to be named Assistant Minister of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, and the second woman to preside over the ordinances in its 208-year history; is the only African­ American theological ethicist on the faculty at Duke Divinity School; one of Ebony Magazine’s Young Faith Leaders in the Black Community; and included on the Network Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40 List.  Her book, Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church and the Council of Chalcedon chips away at the moral justification for black women’s social subordination in the Black Church, and is the first womanist book-length treatment of conciliar tradition in relationship to black Christian life. She is currently working on her second book tentatively titled, Black Women’s Burden: Sexism, Sacred Witness, and Transforming the Moral Life of the Black Church.

A highly sought after speaker and thinker, Dr. Turman has shared her ideas at churches, colleges, and universities around the world. In 2014, Dr. Turman was inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars. Her opinions on race, faith, and gender have been published by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Dallas Morning News among others.

Dr. Turman is a determined advocate, challenging how Black women and girls are positioned in the media, the church and society as a whole. As a gifted teacher and counselor, she empowers Black women and girls from the heart and shows them how to interpret moral teachings to transform their lives, change their communities, and create healthier relationships, brighter leadership prospects, and personal fulfillment.

Follow Dr. Turman on Twitter @ebonithoughts.