Outstanding Preachers: Rev. Dr. Shively Smith

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 9:00am
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 11:15am

Update 7/5/2017: The manuscript of Rev. Dr. Shively Smith's sermon, "Things Happen Around Wells," is available in PDF and in podcast form. 

Foundry is proud to welcome Rev. Dr. Shively Smith as our Outstanding Preacher for July 2, 2017.

Jesus, weary from his travels, stops to rest near a well in Samaria. He asks a Samaritan woman there for a drink of water. That encounter, related in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John, upset and reset the conventions of that time and place governing interaction between Jews and Samaritans. And that story is the scriptural basis for the sermon that the Rev. Dr. Shively T.J. Smith will deliver at Foundry on Sunday, July 2.   

Dr. Smith is the first of five outstanding preachers who will visit Foundry to preach during the month of July. She is associate professor of New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary and resident scholar at the historic Cathedral of the AME Church, Metropolitan AME Church, here in the nation’s capital.  

Hospitality to the stranger is one of the subjects on which her scholarly work has focused, along with the highly relevant topic of Christian ethics about treatment of historically marginalized and vulnerable populations, locally and globally.

Dr. Smith began her ministry at the age of 16, working with churches of several different denominations, and studying at a variety of institutions including Emory University from which she received her Ph.D.  She recently published her first book, Strangers to Family:  Diaspora and First Peter’s Invention of God’s Household.

Her full bio is available here