“I must see my understandings produce results in human experience. Productivity is my first value. I must make and mold and build life. As an artist, I must shape human relationships. To me, life itself is the greatest material. I would far rather build a man [or a woman] than form a book. My whole being is devoted to making my small area of existence a work of art. I am building a world.”
~Jean Toomer, author of Cane
Starlette is a natural shepherd of words and people, leading both to their authentic expression. She has served as an associate and interim pastor, professional coach for church starters, retreat leader and speaker, both nationally and internationally. Starlette presently serves as the Minister to Empower Congregations with the D.C. Baptist Convention and the principal architect of a race-less world. She is a graduate of both Buffalo State College and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.
Tired of the color- codes and living the prepackaged existence of a racialized life, she now builds a world without race. Proclaiming the race-less gospel, Starlette strips race of its pseudo- foundational position in the construction of human identity by challenging its purpose in the Christian life. A visionary, she calls for persons to join her in living a race- less life, seeing themselves as human beings rather than racial beings.
She has spoken at the Baptist World Alliance meetings in Zurich, Switzerland and Nassau, Bahamas, the World Council of Churches North America, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Servant Leadership School in Washington D.C. on the Church’s role in the ministry of reconciliation, the sociopolitical construct of race and aracial theology. Her writing on the race-less gospel of Jesus Christ was featured in Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity (Woodlake Publishing, 2013). The blog, previously known as The Daily Race, has been featured on the Associated Baptist Press and Ethics Daily websites among others. She has written for Baptist News Global and Urban Ministries Inc. Starlette also regularly writes for Smyth & Helwys on prayer and as a curriculum writer for their Formations series.
In 2018, she was awarded a pastoral study grant from the Louisville Institute and the Lily Foundation to study the social construct of race in the malformation of Christian community. Examining the work of Rev. Dr. Clarence Jordan, whose farm turned “demonstration plot” in Americus, Georgia, refused to agree to the social arrangements of segregation because of his Christian convictions, Starlette hopes to take this dirt to the Church. Her thesis is titled, “Afraid of Koinonia: How life on this farm reveals the fear of Christian community.” To read more about the project’s aim, click here.