McCormick, African American Lectionary partner for April 30 event

04-16-2010 by

Geoff Ashmun

Long recognized as a resource for developing world-class preachers and leaders for the Black Church, McCormick Theological Seminary will be partnering with The African American Lectionary to host a special gathering of Chicago-area clergy, seminary students and others considering theological education for ministry on Friday, April 30, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the seminary’s Hyde Park campus.

Co-sponsored by McCormick’s Center for African American Ministry and Black Church Studies, the event is designed to educate attendees about training opportunities available at McCormick and to introduce The African American Lectionary, a collaborative project of Hope for Life International and the Kelly Miller Smith Institute at the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University and made possible by funding through the Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Lectionary is characterized by its creators as “a tool that not only highlights the African American ecclesial traditions and moments that creatively express the joy, freedom, and the challenges of being both African American and Christian, but also recognizes days on the liturgical calendar that are celebrated across a variety of ecclesial traditions. By incorporating both the moments of significance across many African American ecclesial traditions, and some of the traditional moments of any lectionary cycle, The African American Online Lectionary allows users to select from a vast array of material that will exactly fit their congregation's needs and expectations.”

Attendees will be able to meet the creator of the Lectionary, Reverend Martha Simmons, and also speak with her about The African American Pulpit Journal (TAAP) and its vision to place more African American sermons in print and to assist preachers in being published in TAAP.

For more information on the event, see our listing or call Priscilla Rodriquez at 773/947-6310 or email

Visit The African American Lectionary website.