Dr. Phillis Isabella Sheppard to Speak at McCormick


McCormick Theological Seminary announces Dr. Phillis Isabella Sheppard as its speaker for the Paul Allen Endowed lecture on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Sheppard is the Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a womanist practical theologian, and author of Self, Culture and Others in Womanist Practical Theology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Before her appointment at Vanderbilt, Dr. Sheppard was the Assistant and Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at North Park Theological Seminary and the Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Theology at Boston University School of Theology.

Her address, entitled “Showing Up and Not Showing Out: Pastoral Ethics in the Pedagogical Space” reflects Dr. Sheppard’s interests of ethnicity, race, gender, religion and social justice and builds upon her contributions to the study of Black religious experiences and her recognition in bridging religion and psychology from a womanist perspective. Dr. Sheppard founded The Psychoanalysis and Culture Institute, maintains a clinical practice, and is currently working on her new book called Tilling Sacred Ground: Explorations in a Womanist Cultural Psychology of Religion.

Professor of Practical Theology, Dr. Stephanie Crumpton said, “Dr. Sheppard is a profoundly powerful, humble and insightful presence in the academy. Our students will have the opportunity to experience how her expertise as a clinician and scholar come together in the resources she offers for working out the matters of life in ministry. I am very excited.”

The Paul Allen Lecture is made possible by an endowed fund given by the members of the Winnetka Congregational Church in honor of the retirement of their pastor and former McCormick professor of pastoral care, the Rev. Dr. Paul Allen. The lecture’s purpose is to stimulate intellectual discussion of strategies for and applications of effective pastoral theology and pastoral care.