Prophetic Preaching Lab


The Prophetic Preaching Lab annually invites emerging Black Christian leaders to an intensive and immersive learning experience to explore the traditions and practices of Prophetic Preaching in the Black Church.

Under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, the prophetic preachers delve into the stories that shape their contexts, find relevance and inspiration within biblical and public narratives, and retell the stories of their communities, weaving together a new vision that articulates and proclaims a reality rooted in love and justice.

The Prophetic Preaching Lab is an intergenerational and inclusive opportunity for young leaders to connect more fully to Black Church traditions and activism, and equip them to “speak truth to power,” analyze, and articulate the systems and behaviors that marginalize or dehumanize others, access theological and practical wisdom, and provide faith-rooted models for engagement and action.

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you have an obligation to change it. Just do it one step at a time.”

Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, the first African-American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, organizer in Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign (1968), Prophetic Preaching Lab guest

An Introduction To Prophetic Preaching

Learn more about the power and history of Prophetic Preaching from recordings of the 2017 December Convening in Sarasota, Florida.

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Launching A Prophetic Preaching Lab

This experiment was launched in 2017 with leadership from the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago who also serves as an Auburn Senior Fellow and Board Member, along with his father, the Rev. Otis Moss Jr., pastor and civil rights leaders. As Auburn deepens its commitment to serving communities and leaders of color, we are grateful for Dr. Moss’s leadership and for the leadership of our partners in the Prophetic Preaching Lab experiment, David and Lisa Grain.

Read about the two, two-day convenings in 2017 and listen to audio recorded at the second session to feel what this pedagogy sounds like from the Rev. John Vaughn on Auburn Voices.

2017 Prophetic Preaching Lab Cohort

Alfonso Campbell III
Jené Ashley Colvin
Devon Crawford
Edwin Estevez
Willie Francois
Racquel Gill
Neichelle Guidry
Courtney Hoover
JC Howard
Bertram Johnson
Alisha Lola Jones
Calvon Jones
Howard Lindsay
Aaron McLeod
Otis Moss, Jr.
Otis Moss III
Kevin Peterman
JC Pritchett
Zuogwi Reeves
Jason Reynolds
Valerie Ross
LaShondra Stephens
Melech Thomas
John Vaughn
Damaris Whittaker
Porsha Williams
Andrew Wilkes
Gabby Wilkes