Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

Reverend and Blogger

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The Rev. Dominique Chantell Atchison is a proud native and resident of the Bronx, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Rev. Atchison began her ministry at the Abyssinian Baptist Church where she was licensed to preach the Gospel and served as Intern Minster for Youth Ministries.

Rev. Atchison was ordained by the United Church of Christ at Judson Memorial Church where she also served as a Community Minister. Her vocation has led her to serve as the Pastor and Teacher of the Amistad Community Church, UCC in Ann Arbor, MI and the Sacred Conversations on Race Coordinator for the Connecticut Conference of the UCC.

Rev. Atchison currently serves as an Associate Minister at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY and as a consultant who creates and facilitates Sacred Conversations on Race for clergy and lay leaders in the New York Conference of the UCC.

In addition to parish ministry, Rev. Atchison is a singer, performance artist and writer. Her writing has been featured in blogs including The Huffington Post Blog, For Harriet and the Young Women’s Clergy Project. Rev. Atchison has also contributed curriculum for the African American Lectionary.

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The Huffington Post
07/31/2015
Sandra Bland And The Transgression Of Empowered Black Womanhood

1. From womanish. (Opp. of "girlish," i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, "you acting womanish," i.e., like a woman. Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior.

The Huffington Post
06/29/2015
5 Essential Lessons To Be Learned From The Charleston Mass Shooting

I am by no means a minister who is going to tell people who are subject to racism not to be angry. I am, however, going to say that this moment needs our faith. This moment needs our focus. And in spite of this young man's attempt destroy the sanctity of prayer, we need prayer.

Forharriet
5 Reasons Why I Won't Leave the Black Church (Again)

by Rev. Dominique Atchison A few years back I made the hard choice to leave the majority African American church and denomination where I was raised. I left because I felt we were choosing misogyny and homophobia over the Spirit of the Living God.

Ebony
09/25/2014
American Promise was Great, but What About the Black Girls?

Posts about the POV documentary American Promise began to appear in my Facebook newsfeed about a week before it aired on PBS. Two Black male friends of mine in particular began to post over and over again that this was not a movie to be missed.

Theafricanamericanlectionary
The African American Lectionary

MUSIC & WORSHIP RESOURCES Sunday, June 23, 2013 Dominique Atchison, Guest Lectionary Liturgist, is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Gabrie'l J. Atchison, Guest Lectionary Liturgist, holds a Ph.D.

Theafricanamericanlectionary
The African American Lectionary

MOTHER'S DAY MUSIC & WORSHIP RESOURCES Sunday, May 12, 2013 Courtney-Savali L. Andrews, Lectionary Young Adult Liturgists' Team Worship Planning Notes On this day, we come together to celebrate and honor mothers, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in our society.

Youngclergywomen
10/09/2012
But I'm an Ally... - The Young Clergy Women Project

I am someone who doesn't neatly fit into the many stereotypical boxes provided for me. Because of this I often find myself in the position of navigating the assumptions of others. But I absolutely cannot stand the idea of constantly qualifying and justifying in anticipation of outside assumptions: "I'm a pastor but I'm not one ...

Youngclergywomen
01/11/2011
All the Single Lady Preachers - The Young Clergy Women Project

by Dominique C. Atchison My intention was to write about race and racism. I am an African American pastor in a predominately white denomination. I serve a multi-racial, actively anti-racist congregation. This is after all an issue dedicated to diversity. I wanted to lament about my denomination, which sometimes opts for tokenism over true diversity.

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