Ordination Weekend Preachers — August 24th

On Sunday August 24th, the day of Alex McCauslin’s ordination, Central Woodward will be blessed by two highly regarded preachers — both living in the Chicago area.

The Ordination preacher will be the Rev. Lillian Daniel.  She is a pastor, writer, and teacher.  She is the  the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn and was Alex McCauslin’s mentor pastor for two years during her time in Chicago.   Her most recent book is the much discussed When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough: Seeing God In Surprising Places, Even the Church.   i

In addition, she is editor at large for the Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Books and Culture, The Journal for Preachers and in the daily email devotionals available at www.ucc.org, with over 20,000 subscribers.

She has taught preaching at Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 distinguished alumni award for “Distinction in Congregational Ministry.”


The morning preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Gilmore, Associate Dean of the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago Divinity School.  Before returning to the University of Chicago, where she received her M.Div., in the fall of 2013, she was the founding pastor of New Song Community Church, a diverse urban congregation in Northeast Columbus, Ohio, that is dually aligned with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Since 2010, she has served also as staff chaplain and decedent care coordinator for Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) and of the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and she has served Reconciliation Ministry as an anti-racism trainer (several members of CWCC received training from her in the fall of 2013).

She is also a poet and a spoken word artist who, as a member of the Cornel West Theory, has performed and spoken at Trinity College in New Haven, West Virginia State University, and Princeton University, among other places. She has preached, lectured, and/or and performed at varied educational institutions and denominational events, including Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Christian Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, the Ohio Regional Assembly, and the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She previously served in the Capital Area Region as an interim pastor, associate pastor, and a chaplain.  She has two daughters, Assata and Kharis.