black women to be Black Women?
N. Lynne Westfield searches for the answers to this question as she examines the practice of hospitality within a group of African Americans who gather monthly as the Dear Sisters Literary Group. Using ethnographic and aesthetic approaches as a womanist scholar, Westfield's experiences in the group help her see the ways in which such gatherings enable African American women not to just survive, but to become resilient. Westfield reflects on the ways in which this particular practice of hospitality relates to the long-standing African American tradition of concealing gatherings, as well as the larger Christian tradition of hospitality. She concludes by outlining practical implications of her research for Christian religious education.