African American Infertility and the Church's Response

Joan Huyser-Honig. Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, April 2020.


This article looks at how to address child loss in Black families through healing conversation and sorrow in worship.


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Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Begin to think about how to address infertility in the congregational context, particularly in worship.
  • Bring awareness and healing around issues unique to African American women and infertility.

About the Contributor

Shellie Riggs Jordan

Shellie Riggs Jordan is the director of the southeast office in Seymour. She is an American Baptist pastor who served 14 years at First Baptist Church in Seymour as the minister of youth. Prior to her time at FBC, Shellie was the director of youth and children’s ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Seymour. To her work with the Center, Shellie brings more than 24 years of experience working with youth and young adults, as well as a strong background in ecumenical ministry.  

Shellie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University and a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She loves to travel and explore new cultures. She also loves spending time with her husband, Brent, and their kids, Gabe and Casey. Shellie lives in Seymour.

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