Preaching with Power

Preaching with Power 2014

Preaching with Power 2014 - March 9-13
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Carolyn Knight in 1985

Celebrating thirty two years in 2014, LTSP's Urban Theological Institute through Preaching with Power has invited outstanding African American preachers to Philadelphia for a week each March to celebrate the finest in African American preaching through the Preaching with Power series.

Preaching with Power is hosted both on the seminary campus and in congregations throughout the community. Host congregations include those of the American Baptist Churches, the United Methodist Church, the Church of God in Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

All events are free and open to the public. Offering proceeds benefit the Rev. Dr. Joseph Q. Jackson Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship support to students who study in the seminary's Urban Theological Institute.

The video above is a collection of clips of the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, from his preaching and lectures at LTSP.

Dr. Wright is a world-renouned preacher and has preached at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia a number of times over the years. At Preaching with Power 2009 the seminary recognized Dr. Wright for his many contributions to the seminary. The short video includes clips of Dr. Wright preaching at LTSP events and commencement, and was played at Preaching with Power.

Dr. Wright's connections to Philadelphia and LTSP are much deeper than his preaching. He was born in Philadelphia, and is the son of the late Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr., who in 1949 was one of the first two African Americans to receive a STM degree from the seminary. Pastor Wright served as pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia's Germantown section for 42 years, and was the congregation's pastor emeritus for an additional 21 years during retirement.

LTSP has established an endowed chair, The Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr., Chair in African American Studies. Learn more about the Wright Chair and how you can make a gift to help endow the chair.

The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Knight at Preaching with Power 1985: