Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black ChurchJoy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church
Barbara A. Holmes

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Holmes's research--through oral histories, church records, and written accounts--details not only ways in which contemplative experience is built into African American collective worship but also the legacy of African monasticism, a history of spiritual exemplars, and unique meditative worship practices.

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Introduction: An Unlikely Legacy

1. Contemplation: A Cultural and Spiritual History

2. Retrieving Lost Legacies: Contemplation in West Africa

3. Every Shut Eye Ain't Sleep: The Inner Life during Slavery

4. Come Ye Disconsolate: Contemplation in Black Church Congregational Life

5. Joy Comes in the Morning: Contemplative Themes in African American Biblical Interpretation

6. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Contemplation, Activism, and Praxis

7. At the Crossroads: Secular Reclamations of the Contemplative Life

Afterword: Toward a Future Together