Daughters of Thunder is hosting its fourth annual "Those Preaching Women" service on Friday, March 9, beginning at 7 p.m. in Palmer Seminary's Laws Chapel. The event, which celebrates women's preaching, is a tribute to the legacy of the late pioneering preacher, educator, and author Rev. Dr. Ella P. Mitchell.
The name of the event is taken from the title of Dr. Mitchell's multivolume collection of women's sermons, Those Preaching Women, published by Judson Press. Dr. Mitchell was known as the "dean of black women preachers." Both she and her husband, Rev. Dr. Henry Mitchell, were well known for opening doors for and mentoring women in ministry.
Says Rev. Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard, who along with Rev. Phaedra D. Blocker co-founded Daughters of Thunder, "Dr. Ella passed away at the end of 2008, just as we were in the midst of planning our inaugural event to celebrate Women's History Month. It seems only natural and fitting that we honor Dr. Ella's memory by naming the event after one of her most impactful projects."
This year's event will feature pastor and educator Rev. Dr. Dolores Lee McCabe; Rev. Dr. Kimberlee Johnson, Director of Urban Studies and the Director of the Center for Urban Youth Development at Eastern University; Rev. Cassandra M. Hill, Pastor at Covenant Village Family Worship Center in Lansdowne, PA; and Rev. Bethany McCabe, Associate Minister at The Church of the Redeemer in Philadelphia.
"Those Preaching Women" is co-sponsored by Palmer Seminary of Eastern University. There is no charge for the event, which is open to all, not just women. A free will offering will be collected. The mission of Daughters of Thunder is to support, nurture, and empower female clergy of color.