Chautauqua Community Worship Service: Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith
Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes the Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith as Preacher of the Week from Aug. 14-18. She leads the 10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Community Worship Service on Sunday, Aug. 14 in Hoover Auditorium. This week’s Preacher of the Week is supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment
Featuring music and the spoken Word, Michael Shirtz and guest artists will provide musical leadership during the service, while the liturgy is led by the Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Senior Director of Religious Life & Pastoral Care.
This week’s service will be live streamed. Visit lakesideohio.com/streaming to watch on the day of the service.
Following the opening prayer, children (ages 5-11) will proceed to Bradley Temple for Children’s Church with Chip Richter. There will be a message by Richter, songs, crafts, and refreshments to share. Children ages 6 and under are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Smith will also lead Vespers by the Lake at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.
She serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology. She completed her Ph.D. in New Testament studies at Emory University.
Smith is completing a commentary on Second Peter for SBL Press and several articles on Diaspora in the New Testament. As a scholar of New Testament, she writes and teaches on all 27 books of the New Testament, but her particular focus is on the traditions of Peter and the General Letters of the New Testament, diaspora studies, approaches to biblical interpretation (hermeneutics), Womanist and African American biblical interpretation and Howard Thurman.
Smith has studied at a variety of institutions, including Fisk University (Nashville), Emory University Candler School of Theology (Atlanta), Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Ga.) and Oxford University (Oxford, UK) as an English-Speaking Union Luard Fellow. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the Association for Jewish Studies and the Society for the Study of Black Religion.
Smith serves on the editorial boards for SBL’s Emory Studies in Early Christianity and Semeia Studies as well as the board of trustees for the Forum for Theological Exploration.
She is a contributor to the revision review of the NRSV and the new History Channel Documentary, “Jesus, His Life.” Smith’s work has been supported by organizations such as the Forum for Theological Exploration, Louisville Institute, Ford Foundation, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Black Women in Church and Society Program, Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon Mays Fellowship Program.
Smith has emerged as a sought-after scholar, teacher, preacher and writer who is dedicated to the service of academic theological studies and ecumenical conversations across multiple arenas. She has contributed to multiple writing projects and series, including Feasting on the Gospels, Reading & Writing Theologically and the forthcoming series, Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship. She is a regular contributor to the online Working Preacher Lectionary series and the Odyssey Network’s “On Scripture” online series and “Odyssey Impact” campaigns.
Guests are welcome to attend Sunday morning church services free of charge by requesting a complimentary Church Pass between 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 1 p.m. The pass includes admission to Lakeside for guests and auto, but not access to the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus pool.