What is Intersectionality?

With Rooted & Rising, RMN is committing to centering intersectional justice and equity in its work. Want to learn more about what that means?

Let’s start here.

We’re excited about the work ahead of us in Rooted & Rising, and we hope you are too. We’re on this journey with you, Reconciling United Methodists, seeking justice for all of God’s people.

You may have noticed the use of the term intersectionality in some of what you’ve read. If this is a new term to you, these resources may be helpful as we deepen our intersectional commitments together.

We’re working on creating resources specific to the Reconciling movement. In the meantime, we recommend these resources.


Learn about intersectionality and how it applies to all of us. A short animated video produced by ADP.

A short animated video about Intersectionality. Commissioned and Produced by Professor Peter Hopkins, Newcastle University

An interview with Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, who first coined the term “intersectionality”

A youth-friendly explanation of intersectionality from Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Children explain intersectionality to one another

The National Museum of African American History and Culture explains intersectionality

Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw explains intersectionality in this full-length TED Talk



On Intersectionality

Critical Essays and Writings

By Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw

Our Lives Matter

By Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey

Using a womanist methodological approach, Pamela R. Lightsey helps readers explore the impact of oppression against Black LBTQ women while introducing them to the emergent intellectual movement known as queer theology.


INTERSECTIONALITY MATTERS! The podcast that brings intersectionality to life

By The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and Dr. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Out of Exodus

A Journey of Open and Affirming Ministry

By Darryl W. Stephens

This Bridge Called My Back

By Cherríe Moraga


We Make Room for All

A children’s book. The nine interconnected characters proudly describe themselves and their backgrounds, involving topics that range from physical disability to language brokering, offering an opportunity to take pride in a personal story and connect to collective struggle for justice.

By Latoya Council, Carolyn Choi, and Chelsea Johnson

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