Rev. Dr. Yvette R. Blair-Lavallais
Pastor. Public Theologian.
Food Justice Scholar.
What is our ecclesial response to food insecurity? The church cannot stay silent on this nor pray it away. People of faith must be ecclesial disruptors of the systemic injustices that cause food insecurity, especially for women in Texas. This book explores food insecurity through a womanist theological lens, using Genesis 1:29 as the foundation.
Listen to Rev. Dr. Y explain the term "scrimpin' and scrapin'."
It debuted as the #1 new release in Christian Liberation Theology on Amazon dot com.
E-books can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and LuLu.com
Reverend Doctor Yvette (pronounced “why”-vette) R. Blair-Lavallais (lah-vuh-lay) is a licensed pastor and ordained elder in The Methodist Church. She has served in pastoral ministry for almost 15 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including the honor of having served as the first woman in the role of senior pastor at First Christian Methodist Church in the Red Bird area of Dallas.
A womanist public theologian and food justice strategist, she earned a Doctor of Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary, in May 2022. Her work focuses on the intersection of food insecurity, famines, displacement, and gentrification of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous peoples. Her doctoral research project is “Reframing the Narrative of Food Insecurity: Creating a Faith-Based Policy that Addresses Food Apartheid in the Red Bird Community of Dallas.”
She is the recipient of the 2022 Juanita Craft Humanitarian Award for her visionary leadership in bringing national attention to food insecurity in Texas. The award is presented by The State Fair of Texas in conjunction with the Juanita Craft Museum.
She is a 2022 inaugural cohort fellow of the Texas Folklife Program's Community Folklife Fellowship where her focus is on cultural traditions in our foodways.
Dr. Blair-Lavallais' latest book, a 2022 summer release, Scrimpin' and Scrapin': The Hardships and Hustle of Women and Food Insecurity in Texas Through a Womanist Lens, is an expansion of that work. The book invites readers into the conversation about the root causes of food insecurity through a faith lens. It debuted as the #1 new release on Amazon and as the #4 bestseller.
An international speaker on food justice issues through a theological framework, Rev. Blair-Lavallais has been a featured panelist for Bread For The World’s Global Advocacy Summit, Conversation with the White House and she has presented her work on the systemic injustices of food insecurity at conferences including the Political Theology Network conference at Union Theological Seminary in New York, Rural Women’s Studies Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum at the University of Guelph in Canada, and the Leadership Academy at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Her work has also been included in the UN Food Summit and Pan African Women of faith Ecumenical Empowerment Network.
An award-winning writer, Rev. Blair-Lavallais is a Public Voices Fellow of The Op Ed Project, a 2021 Engle Institute of Preaching fellow and a 2017 Black Theology and Leadership Institute fellow of Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also a 2018-2020 fellow of Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative cohort. She earned a Master of Theological Studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013 from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She also holds a BA in Journalism from the University of North Texas in Denton.
In 2018, she was named Person of the Year by Texas Metro News for shattering the silence on clergywomen abuse. She is featured in the award-winning film, Shattering the Silence - Documentary, produced by WOW Films.
Rev. Dr. Yvette R. Blair-Lavallais is a native of Dallas, Texas. She and her husband, the Rev. Carl M. Lavallais, live in Dallas.
Let's connect: Yvette@yvetteblair.com
Whether you are looking for a speaker for your next event, or someone to facilitate a workshop on liberation theology, food justice, transformational prayer, authentic worship that moves you from brokenness to wholeness, or social justice, then let's talk about your specific vision.
Contact me at Yvette@yvetteblair.com
Check out these sites to learn more about my work.
The Folklorist Next Door Podcast: Food, Family and the Stories
Food and Faith Podcast: Facing Food Insecurity in Texas
Unleashed Podcast with Eva Melton
Fully Yours: Tilling Land, Tilling Justice with Eva Englert-Jessen
Somewhere in the Middle: Fighting Against Food Deserts
Food As a Human Right
Texas Mobile Institute: The Politics of Food ~ Health Disparities and the Epidemic of Food Insecurity in TX (a partnership with Vanderbilt Divinity School's Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative)
I Was Just Thinking with Norma Adams Wade
Collective Grief in The Book of Ruth
Unleashed Podcast with Eva Melton
Food Is Political: How Food Apartheid Is Deeply Impacting
Bread For the World's Black August: Food Freedom and Liberation
Visible Magazine: Wading in Womanist Waters
Freedom: Juneteenth and Politics at the Cookout