Reverend Deneen Robinson
Deneen’s mission is to create the world she wants to live in. In everything, she works to live out this mission. As her mother likes to say, “Deneen has always been helping someone.” She served in her church locally as a young girl and was the Baptist Student Union Sword champion because she had the best partner – her granny, who she affectionately called ‘Mama.’ Deneen also mastered the flute, oboe, and the piano.
While doing social justice work over the last 30+ years, Deneen has planted many seeds. One of her most noted accomplishments is the women’s group, At the Kitchen Table, which began in September 1999 with the help of other staffers at Resource Center Dallas. In March 2000, she participated in the African American HIV University Fellowship in Los Angeles. The Fellowship gave her the additional skills needed to educate, write, and teach on HIV disease.
The new skills provided Deneen opportunities to share information with a larger audience. She has been featured in the Dallas Examiner, Newsweek, HIV Plus, the Dallas Voice, the Dallas Weekly, and POZ. Deneen has written articles that can be found on The Body, aidsmeds.com, TPAN, and has articles translated to Spanish, French, and Russian. She has authored two columns; one on HIV and women; entitled “Ain’t I A Woman” and a second entitled “The Privileged Gardner” for the Black AIDS Institute. She has appeared on various media outlets including the Tavis Smiley show.
In this iteration of her life, Deneen focuses her work on Black womxn, specifically maternal mortality, abortion access, and other birth justice issues. She began this work in 2017 when Deneen wrote the first iteration of the report, “State of Black Women in Texas.” She now serves at the State Policy Strategist for the National Birth Equity Collaborative. Deneen leads this work with passion and earnest devotion to ensuring the lives of Black womxn are centered and the needs of the larger Black community prioritized.
While serving in community, Deneen has been honoring her April 2004 call to ministry. She served for 15 years at the Living Faith Covenant Church while also serving as the Health and Wholeness Minister for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM). This work takes her abroad to East Africa. She has been able to teach Reproductive Justice in Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya in her work with women and those impacted by HIV. Now Deneen has begun a new phase of her spiritual journey as the minister of UUCOC. She is excited and honored for this new opportunity.
Deneen understands that seeds tended will grow and produce a great harvest. She hopes to continue to honor the privilege of being the Divines’ Gardner. Until she dies, she will live out the mission to create a world that she wants to live in and she will work hard to leave her spot better than she found it.
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