Jarena Lee Preaching Academy

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“And why should it be thought impossible, heterodox, or improper for a woman to preach? Seeing the Saviour died for the woman as well as the man. If the man may preach, because the Saviour died for him, why not the woman? Seeing he died for her also. Is he not whole Saviour, instead of half one?”



Named for the first woman preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Jarena Lee Preaching Academy is a week-long intensive academy that empowers and equips women of the African Diaspora to speak in their own prophetic voice whether from the pulpit or other public arenas. The Academy has trained three cohorts of women since its Inaugural Academy in 2010. JLPA provides opportunities to craft and preach sermons and to think seriously about the role of the prophetic in preaching. Attendees experience camaraderie and leadership through their cohorts, meals, and plenaries. Cohort Leaders provide guidance and support throughout the week.  Time to re-create and rest is built into the program. It is imperative that women of the African Diaspora receive both serious training and support for their well-being.


The Academy Includes

  • 5 days of personal and group instruction

  • A community of preachers from around the country to stay connected with beyond the program

  • An opportunity to practice/enhance their preaching skills with professional feedback and encouragement

  • Recommendations of resources for sermon information

  • Space to explore new ideas, new styles, and new expressions

  • An opportunity for self-care 

The application for the 2020 Academy has closed.

  • Application Open: Friday, February 22, 2019 - Monday, April 1, 2019

  • Confirmations and Deposits Due: Monday, April 15, 2019

  • Application Requirements:

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For more information on Reverend Jarena Lee:

Africans in American - The Religious Experience and Journal of Jarena Lee - https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part3/3h1638.html

The African Methodist Episocpal Church Posthomously Ordains Jarena Lee - http://ame-sac.org/ames-in-history/jarena-lee/

Daughters of Thunder by Bettye Collier-Thomas