Calvary Episcopal Church
Lenten Noonday Preaching Series, 2000


The Rev. Dr. Douglass M. Bailey
Rector, Calvary Episcopal Church
Memphis, Tennessee

Ash Wednesday, March 8

Rector of Calvary Church for 21 years, Doug Bailey's legacy will be the revitalization of this parish into one of the flagship urban churches in the country. Committed to social justice ministries as well as to a spirituality of "soul justice," he is a board member and conference leader for the College of Preachers, a missioner for the Episcopal Church in Brazil, a preaching voice on "The Protestant Hour," and a consultant for the renewal of city churches in America's cities.


The Rev. Dr. John R. Claypool
Rector, St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Birmingham, Alabama

March 9-10

One of the country's most compelling preachers, Dr. Claypool offered outstanding ministry in several leading Southern Baptist congregations prior to his Episcopal ordination. He is the author of eight books including Tracks of a Fellow Struggler, his moving personal journal following the death of his young daughter. He is a featured speaker on "The Protestant Hour," deliverer of the Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School, and conference leader at the College of Preachers.


The Rev. Barbara K. Lundblad
Associate Professor of Preaching
Union Theological Seminary
New York, New York

March 13-14

Barbara Lundblad's brilliant and compassionate preaching has placed her in constant demand as a conference leader, a guest preacher, and a teacher of preaching across the country. Before accepting her current position, she taught homiletics at Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. She has served as Pastor of several Lutheran congregations, most recently, Our Saviour's Atonement Church, New York City.


The Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Matthews
Rector, Trinity Church, Wall Street
New York, New York

March 15-17

Acclaimed for his creative leadership of Wall Street's landmark parish with its large global and urban ministry, Dr. Matthews is also recognized for his leadership in interfaith television. He is the founder of VISN's religious television network and led the merger with the Odyssey family channel. Matthews is a memorable image-creating preacher, a gifted national and international Episcopal Church leader, and a true bridge-builder of things secular and spiritual.


The Rev. Gina M. Stewart
Pastor, Christ Missionary Baptist Church
Memphis, Tennessee

March 20

First African American female elected to serve as Pastor of a Baptist congregation in this city, the Rev. Ms. Stewart also serves as part-time staff member of Metropolitan Inter-faith Association (MIFA). She has led Christ Missionary Church's remarkable membership growth. She is a cum laude graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary, contributing writer for the African American Devotional Bible (Zondervan Publications) and recognized for her gifted and spirited preaching.


The Rev. Dr. John M. Mulder
President and Professor of Historical Theology
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

March 21 and 22

Eminent President of Louisville Seminary since 1981, Dr. Mulder is widely known for his work on American Presbyterianism which resulted in the award-winning series, The Presbyterian Presence. A distinguished author of numerous books and periodicals, his most recent book is Vital Signs: The Promise of Mainstream Protestantism. He is editor of Family Ministry, moderator of Louisville Institute (religious leadership development), and a Presbyterian voice on "The Protestant Hour."


Dr. Marcus J. Borg
Hundere Professor of Religion and Culture
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

March 23 and 24

A renowned Jesus scholar with the highest of national and international credits and praise, Dr. Borg has written ten books including his widely known Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The God We Never Knew, God at 2000, and his latest, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time. His work has been translated into five languages; he lectures extensively throughout North America and overseas. This year marks Dr. Borg's sixth consecutive visit to the Calvary Church Lenten Noonday Preaching Series.


The Rev. Dr. Herbert O'Driscoll
International Missioner and Teacher
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

March 27-29

Recognized as the best known and one of the most highly regarded preachers in the Anglican Church, Dr. O'Driscoll is a former urban Cathedral Dean in Vancouver, B.C., and former Warden of the College of Preachers, Washington National Cathedral. He is the celebrated author of 30 books, including A Doorway in Time, a reflection of his own Celtic spirituality, and Emmanuel, written while in the Holy Land. In great demand as a speaker and conference leader, O'Driscoll is at once a brilliant scholar and mesmerizing Irish storyteller.


The Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems
Associate Professor, Old Testament Studies
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Nashville, Tennessee

March 30 and 31

A nationally-renowned speaker, writer, and teacher, Dr. Weems is highly sought-after as a preacher and conference speaker. Her latest book, Listening for God, A Minister's Journey Through Silence and Doubt, is exemplary of her authentic honesty, as is her national work in health issues, human sexuality, and alcohol and drug recovery. Ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she is at home on college campuses, on radio and television, or as a commentator for the revised Interpreter's Bible.


The Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood
Senior Pastor, St. Paul Community Baptist Church
Brooklyn, New York

April 3-5

The best selling book, Upon This Rock, is based on the vibrant ministry of Dr. Youngblood's 26-year leadership of this amazing urban church of 8,000 members and extensive outreach programs. Youngblood is a stirring and spirited preacher and is highly recognized as a compelling faith-based community organizer. His unique preaching and public leadership has been chronicled by numerous publications and on television.


The Rev. Dr. Maxie D. Dunnam
President, Asbury Theological Seminary
Wilmore, Kentucky

April 6 and 7

Visionary president of the largest predominantly Methodist seminary in the United States, Dr. Dunnam is the former Senior Minister of Memphis' Christ United Methodist Church. He is a gifted preacher, missioner, and author including his widely used Workbook on Prayer. Dunnam also serves as Chair of World Evangelism of the World Methodist Council and travels globally as an inspiring lecturer and preacher.


The Rev. Dr. Alvin O. Jackson
Senior Pastor, National City Christian Church
Washington, D.C.

April 10-11

Dynamic and renowned former Senior Pastor of Memphis' Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Jackson became Senior Pastor of National City Church, the Disciple's of Christ's "National Cathedral," in 1998. An inspiring and magnetic preacher, he provides creative public vision and leadership for the interface of the church and the city. Jackson will also be a conference leader on urban ministry with Calvary Church in May 2000.



The Rev. Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D.
Senior Pastor, St. Andrew's AME Church
Memphis, Tennessee

April 12

With his bi-professional background of a medical degree from Harvard and a divinity degree from Vanderbilt, Dr. Robinson brings unique leadership to the parish and the public sector. Named one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's ten outstanding community health leaders in America, that award carried a sizable grant to St. Andrew's holistic program for inner-city youth. An innovative leader of a progressive church with many outreach programs, he chairs the Church Health Center Board and serves an academic position with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.



The Rev. James Lewis
Missioner for Social Ministry
Diocese of Delaware
Bethany Beach, Delaware

April 13-14

An All-American lacrosse player, former Marine, and a "people's" priest in five Episcopal dioceses, Jim Lewis is an energetic voice for society's marginalized. His advocacy work among coal miners in West Virginia and poultry workers on the Delmarva Peninsula has been chronicled for national television, most recently on Mike Wallace's "60 Minutes." Lewis leads La Esperanza (a Latino service center), Bible study in prisons, peace journeys to Central America, Libya, etc. and writes extensively, including several books and an Opinion Letter.


The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor
Butnam Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Piedmont College
Demorest, Georgia

Good Friday, April 21

Named "one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world" by Baylor University, Barbara Taylor is in constant demand as a speaker, a conference leader, and as a teacher of preaching. Her riveting, artistic preaching is grounded in Episcopal parish ministry from urban Atlanta to rural north Georgia. Taylor is the noted author of ten preaching books including her most recent, Home By Another Way. She lectures extensively at retreat and clergy conferences, the College of Preachers, Yale Divinity School, Duke University, Princeton Seminary, etc. We welcome her back as Homilist for our Good Friday Three-Hour Service.



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