Sandy Spring Friends School



SSFS Authors: Letting Their Words Speak!

The SSFS Author Talks feature a wide range of talented writers from across the Sandy Spring Friends School community. Join us to hear the  authors read from their works, answer questions about their stories, and discuss how they Let Their Lives Speak through the written word.

All SSFS Author Talks will take place virtually over Zoom. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom links, which will be sent on the morning of each event. Questions? Contact Tobi Goss '10, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at

Next Event:
March 31, 2022

6:00-7:00 pm EST
Virtual Event

Kenyatta Gilbert

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Kenyatta Gilbert

The Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert — professor of homiletics at Howard University School of Divinity—is a nationally recognized expert on African American preaching. Kenyatta earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. in practical theology (homiletics) at Princeton Theological Seminary. As an ordained Baptist minister, he served congregations in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Kenya before landing at Howard University in 2006. A prolific writer and oft-featured expert on Black preaching, civil rights, and social justice, Gilbert has authored countless sermons and classroom lectures, as well as four books: Exodus Preaching: Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope; A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights; The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching; and Just Living: Meditations for Engaging our Life and Times. His writing has also been featured by such outlets as PBS NewsHour, Sojourners, Word & Way, and The Conversation.

In 2011, he launched The Preaching Project, a ministry aimed at equipping ministers to better serve African American churches and communities. He also serves as Director of the Equipping the Saints: Black Congregations Online Resource Center at Howard University, the editorial board of Homiletic, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Academy of Homiletics, and General Editor of Fortress Press’s forthcoming Preaching, Theology, and Culture book series. Kenyatta and his spouse, Dr. Allison Blow Gilbert, are the proud parents of three Sandy Springers: Olivia ‘21, Ella’ 24, and Ava ‘27.


Just Living: Meditations for Engaging our Life and Times

Just Living: Meditations for Engaging our Life and Times is a devotional resource for an intergenerational, racially and ethnically diverse, politically and socially conscious lay readership for whom biblical scholarship and cultural criticism written in journalistic prose is highly valued.  
Just Living Volume 1 provides devotional readers thirteen meditations divided into three sections: (1) Distressing the Comfortable, (2) End of the White Throne, and (3) The Life-Giving of a Debt-Canceling God.  Each meditation concludes with a prayer and personal reflective questions.  The book may be used for daily personal meditation, journaling, Bible discussion groups, and one-on-one discussion with religiously disaffected persons.

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