“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 shepherd of words and people, leading both to their best and fullest expression. One calling in two locations, she serves as the associate pastor at Village Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland and the Minister to Empower Congregations with the D.C. Baptist Convention. She is a graduate of both Buffalo State College and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.
Tired of being black and living the prepackaged existence of a racialized life, she now builds a world without race with her words. 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 before the World Council of Churches North America on the Church’s role in the ministry of racial reconciliation and 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, August 2013). The blog, previously known as The Daily Race, has been featured on the Associated Baptist Press and Ethics Daily websites along with other websites. She is a columnist for Baptist News Global and regularly writes for Smyth & Helwys publishing company and Baptist Women in Ministry.