Reverend Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan | Engaging Grief as Restorative Justice

Oblate School of Theology

Originally Published on the website of Oblate School of Theology

February 11 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM



February 2023 Pastoral Leadership Workshop

With life comes loss, death, and grief. Regardless of our myriad human differences across class, gender, sexual orientation, race, age, or ability, no one can avoid loss. Loss is the absence of something that occurs in many ways, including: the death of a loved one, job loss, divorce or bad breakup, loss of self from caregiving, loss of limbs/body functions, and loss of dreams. Catastrophic experiences like global covid-19 traumatized many and became a catalyst for layered loss and grief. When experiencing loss, we often know grief, where we can know keen mental suffering or distress over a loss or affliction—a sharp sorrow—a painful regret, guilt, distress, or unhappiness. Such an experience influences our total selves: mind, body, spirit, and emotion, within a global world with myriad systemic challenges. Loss and grief provide opportunities to listen thoughtfully and respond with love. This interactive presentation invites persons with curiosity and desires to grow to engage in interdisciplinary, intergenerational, intersectional exploring, reflecting, and examining grief as restorative justice, for self and/or others to restore themselves to wholeness, peace, and well-being, following loss and grief.

The presentation is sponsored by Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership.


Reverend Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan is a Consultant, Scholar, Preacher, Author, and Performer—Founder and CEO for Dr Cheryl Enterprises, LLC. She helps people embrace their authentic, organic selves through love, by supporting them in engaging their unresolved grief and loss. Toward that end she provides workshops, online boot camps, inspirational blogs and podcasts, and a bibliography of resources, along with one-on-one coaching. Kirk-Duggan has studied the anatomy of grief and embraces working with clients as a love of neighbor.

Having served as Professor of Religion and Director of Women’s Studies, Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, NC, for 17 years, she is now transitioning to consulting, writing, and music making full time. She served as visiting Black Religious Scholar and Crump Professor, 2019-2020 at the Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, TX, and is an ordained minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Kirk-Duggan has written and edited over twenty-five books.

2009, 2011, 2017 Recipient of the Excellence in Academic Research Award, Shaw University, Kirk-Duggan is also the 2011 YWCA Academy of Women Honoree in Education, a 2011 Black Religious Scholars Group Honoree, a 2012 Womanist Legacy Honoree Recipient, March 2012, New York City; the 2013-2014 National Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty member of the Year, Shaw University, 2013 Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession of the Society of Biblical Literature Mentor Award Winner; 2015 Austin Seminary Association of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary as Distinguished Alumna for Distinguished Service to the Church. She was the 2016 Westerfelt Lecturer at Austin Seminary.

She received the Shaw University Outstanding Achievement Award as International Recognized Womanist Scholar, 2016. Her current research includes: theology, justice, violence, sexualities and sexual misconduct, spirituality, faith, and health; the Bible and culture; Womanist studies; women’s religious history and leadership experience; pedagogy; rage, grief and transformation; gender theory. Summer 2018 was a time of International Travel: Paris, France for the Society of Black Religion; Salvador, Brazil, for the 2018 Consultation of the African and African Diasporan Women in Religion & Theology, and the 14th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford, England: experiences for scholarship and ministry. In 2020, Kirk-Duggan appeared in “17 African American Women Theologians You Should Know About.”


Individuals can register to participate online, via Zoom Webinar, or in person, on the OST campus/WTC 101.

To Participate Online: $15     ONLINE WEBINAR REGISTRATION

Please note that this presentation will not be available for viewing at a later time. We look forward to having you join us live.

To Participate In-person: $15 (Please Register in the “Tickets” Section Below)

In-person participants are encouraged to bring a light jacket or shawl, a writing pad and pen, and a reusable water bottle and/or coffee mug. 

Please note that this presentation will not be available for viewing at a later time. We look forward to having you join us live.

For information or to register by phone, contact Victoria Luna, Director of Continuing Education, at or (210) 341-1366 EXT 325.

Continuing Education events are free* to all OST faculty and staff, and to all students currently enrolled in certificate, credit, or graduate programs at OST.

All other students receive 50% off with student ID. To receive this discount, register with Victoria Luna at or (210) 341-1366 EXT 325.

*Does not apply to meals and lodging.