The 34th Preaching with Power – Watch the Week!
For the thirty-fourth year, Preaching with Power, sponsored by the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), brought outstanding preaching, teaching, and a Celebration of Music in the African American Church to Philadelphia. Worship offering proceeds from Preaching with Power go primarily to the J. Q. Jackson Scholarship Fund, which benefits UTI students.
Read a recap of the week and view slide shows in the March 2016 issue of PS Portions. View videos below.
Sunday, March 13 – Thursday, March 17, 2016
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2016, 3:30 pm
Celebration of Music in the African American Church
A service of worship featuring a variety of sacred music from the African American tradition under the direction of Mrs. 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. The following will be featured at this worship experience in song — African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, Sounds of Joy, Divine Movement of Mt. Pisgah AME Church, and recording artist Yvonne Jones.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5900 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120
view the photo gallery Due to copyright issues, there is no recording of the Celebration of Music.
Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley
The Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley is Senior Pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) in Alexandria, Virginia. He implemented the Christian Life Institute, which offers year-round courses to assist members in addressing relevant life issues while allowing them to grow in spiritual development. Dr. Wesley’s sermon “When the Verdict Hurts” was cited in Time magazine’s 2013 article “After Trayvon” as one of the best sermons preached in the US addressing the not guilty verdict. This sermon, along with his sermon “A Rizpah Response,” was placed in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African American History. He is one of the 2013 recipients of “The Root 100: A Who’s Who of Black America” award and the James Floyd Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award from Howard University School of Divinity. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University, his MDiv from Boston University School of Theology, and DMin from the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, 25 West Johnson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 11:15 am
Terrorism in America — Sacred Places
A panel discussion with Mr. Everett A. Gillison, Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, and Dr. Katie Day, moderated by Dr. Quintin Robertson
After the terrorism act on June 17, 2015 at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the LTSP community was shaken. It prompted action on campus to mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters in Christ and prompted discussion on safety in public places in America, especially in sacred places. And the sacred places not only include houses of worship but also elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, and military bases, to name a few. The annual lecture this year will be a panel discussion featuring Mr. Everett A. Gillison, Former Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety for the City of Philadelphia; Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, Lead Pastor of Dare to Imagine Church and President/CEO of the Philadelphia OIC; and Dr. Katie Day, The Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society; Director, Metropolitan/Urban Concentration at LTSP.
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 7:00 pm
Bishop Violet L. Fisher
Bishop Violet L. Fisher was elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in 2000 and was assigned to the New York West Area. She retired from that area in 2008. At 25, she was ordained by the King’s Apostle Holiness Church of God and served as National Evangelist and Missionary to East Africa, Haiti, and Jamaica. She graduated from Eastern Baptist Seminary in 1988. She was ordained deacon (1988) by Bishop F. Herbert Skeete and elder (1990) by Bishop Susan M. Morrison. She has previously served as Associate Pastor to St. Daniel’s United Methodist Church (Chester, PA); Senior Pastor to Sayer’s Memorial United Methodist Church (Philadelphia, PA); and as District Superintendent Eastern, PA Conference. She serves on the Board of Directors of Palmer Theological Seminary (1997-present). She earned her undergraduate degree from Bowie State University, her MEd from George Washington University, and her MDiv from Palmer Theological Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary).
Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 7 E. Haines Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 11:15 am
The Rev. Jocelyn K. Hart
The Rev. Jocelyn K. Hart is Presiding Elder of the Philadelphia District of the First Episcopal District, In 2012 Presiding Elder Hart was elected to the General Board of The African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she now serves as Vice Chair of the Commission on Women in Ministry. Prior to her elevation to Presiding Elder, Rev. Hart served for over five years as Pastor of Hickman Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church of Philadelphia, where she distinguished herself as the first woman to be appointed as lead pastor to a charge of this caliber. In addition, she served as Pastor of Bethany AME Church in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, and Associate Minister of Administration and Training at St. Mark AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA from High Point College in North Carolina, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and MDiv in Theolog y from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Julian DeShazier
The Rev. Julian DeShazier joined University Church of Chicago as Senior Pastor in November 2010. He is a Chicago native, and a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. Prior to beginning his service at University Church, he served as Teen Pastor at Covenant United Church of Christ, and has also worked extensively with the Coca-Cola Leadership Program and Fund for Theological Education. He is an award-winning hip hop musician and song writer, known to many as “J.Kwest,” exploring the relationship between music and faith. In 2015 he was nominated for an Emmy for his role in the short film, Strange Fruit. He has also been featured on Fox, CBS, NPR, and Maya Angelou’s SiriusXM radio program. He is an adjunct professor at both the University of Chicago Divinity School and McCormick Theological Seminary.
Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 East Vernon Road, Philadelphia, PA 19150
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:00 pm
Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath
Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath was elected and consecrated the 128th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2008 and was assigned to serve in the 19th Episcopal District in South Africa. Currently, Bishop Leath is serving in the 13th Episcopal District, which encompasses Kentucky and Tennessee. Prior to his election to the bishopric, he served in the pastorate at churches in New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. His final pastoral charge was at Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia. Bishop Leath earned his undergraduate degree from Yale College, his MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and his DMin from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His doctoral dissertation focused on the Class Leader system in the AME Church.
Mt. Tabor AME Church, 961 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
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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.