Preaching with Power 2017 – Preachers
While a late-winter storm changed plans for some preaching, the thirty-fifth year, Preaching with Power, sponsored by the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), still brought outstanding preaching and a Black Sacred Music Concert to Philadelphia. Worship offering proceeds from Preaching with Power go primarily to the J.Q. Jackson Scholarship Fund, which benefits UTI students.
Sunday, March 12 – Thursday, March 16, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017
PWP Sunday! Partner with UTI at your local church!
The first day of the 35th Anniversary of Preaching with Power – Sunday, March 13 – was hosted at local congregations around Philadelphia and vicinity. Pastors or guest ministers will preach, and a special offering will be collected to support scholarship funds for students in the Black Church Concentration at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Ann Knight
The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Ann Knight is a renowned preacher, having been cited by Ebony Magazine as one of America’s 15 Greatest African American Women Preachers. She received her BA from Bishop College. Her theological training began at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and she later transferred to Union Theological Seminary in New York City to study under her mentor, Dr. Cornel West. She was awarded her MDiv and STM from Union. She holds a DMin from the United Theological Seminary.
Dr. Knight served many years as the assistant to the pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, New York. She also served as assistant professor of Homiletics for 10 years at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Dr. Knight serves on numerous boards and committees, and has been honored for many of her outstanding career achievements.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown, 41 W. Rittenhouse Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:15 am
Black Sacred Music Concert
A service of worship featuring a variety of sacred music from the Black Church tradition. The Lutheran Theological Seminary choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael Krentz, LTSP Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor, will be joined by Sheila D. Booker, accomplished soloist and music director of both the Philadelphia Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Olney.
Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, LTSP, Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119
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Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:00 pm
Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III
Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III was elected a Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in July 2016. This was a historical moment in that he will follow in the footsteps of his late grandfather and father; both bishops also named Frank Madison Reid, Sr. and Jr., respectively. Bishop Reid was the longest serving pastor of Baltimore’s historic Bethel AME Church, serving nearly three decades.
Bishop Reid has been a promoter of interfaith charitable work, and was a calming presence in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. He is the author of three books, The Nehemiah Plan, Restoring the House of God, and When Black Men Stand Up for God. Bishop Reid received his BA from Yale University, his MDiv from the Harvard Divinity School, and his DMin from the United Theological Seminary.
Mt. Tabor AME Church, 961-71 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
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The following events were canceled due to the weather. Pastor Moss plans to return in Fall 2017.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11:15 am
The Rev. Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue, Jr. is the Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his BA and MA from Baylor University, and his MDiv and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He specializes in the theory and method of African American preaching and worship.
An ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention of America, Dr. LaRue is the former pastor of two churches in Texas as well as the former interim pastor of churches in Harlem and Jamaica, Queens, New York.
He is a prolific author, and is a member of the Academy of Homiletics.
CANCELED DUE TO THE WEATHER EMERGENCY
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III serves as Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to Trinity, Dr. Moss served as pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. During his tenure, the membership at Tabernacle rose from 125 to over 2,100. Dr. Moss received his BA from Morehouse College and his MDiv from Yale Divinity School. He received his DMin from Chicago Theological Seminary.
Dr. Moss built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, he spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality.
CANCELED DUE TO THE WEATHER EMERGENCY
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Lucille “CeCee” Mills
The Rev. Lucille “CeCee” Mills is a passionate powerful preacher who serves as Associate Director of African Descent Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Interim Pastor for Family of Faith Lutheran Church in Concord, North Carolina. She attended Georgia Perimeter College and Agnes Scott College. She completed her seminary studies at the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
She served her first ten years of ministry in the Virginia Synod. Pastor Mills twice served as chaplain for the Women of the of the ELCA’s nationwide Triennial Gatherings. She continues to serve on the church-wide Renewal Prayer Revival Team and was recently elected to the board of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. Pastor Mills also participates in marches and movements around the country for racial, social, and economic injustice.
CANCELED DUE TO ICY STREET CONDITIONS
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Contributions to the J. Q. Jackson Scholarship Fund can be made at any time. Make checks payable to LTSP — The Joseph Q. Jackson Endowed Scholarship Fund and send to: The LTSP Foundation, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119.