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Being a Man-Womanist with Pastor Aaron L. Dobynes, Ph.D.

March 8, 2022

Dr. Aaron L. Dobynes, Sr. is passionate about Black history, womanist theology, and the “Beloved Community.” This podcast combines all topics into one as Dr. Dobynes discusses being a man-womanist, the differences between womanism and feminism, the disrespect Black women have historically experienced, his thoughts on God being a woman, and so much more.

Our guest is alumnus Dr. Aaron L. Dobynes (, who graduated from Union’s Ph.D. program in 2015. Dr. Dobynes is the senior pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) in Fredericksburg, VA. A native of Alabama, Pastor Dobynes is a fourth-generation preacher who met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the age of five. Pastor Dobynes self-identifies as a man-womanist and an advocate for women.

Host Dr. Paula D. Royster is a 2018 graduate of the Union Ph.D. program. The active scholar-practitioner and full-time professor is a two-time Fulbright Scholar recipient. She is also a member of the U.S. Department of State Diversity Speaker’s Bureau roster and served two years as a peer-reviewer for the Fulbright Commission. She founded the Center for African American Genealogical Research, Inc (CAAGRI), a non-profit organization established to reunite as many African families as possible using genealogy research tools, historical narratives, and genetic DNA analysis wherever possible.