The Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution examines "The Ethics of Leadership" from the perspective of well-known civic and religious leaders. These leaders share angles of vision that define ethical leadership as a social responsibility that safeguards the foundations for the flourishing of civil society. This talk features Rev. Otis Moss III.
Rev. Otis Moss III
Rev. Otis Moss III serves as Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Prior to joining the pastoral staff at Trinity United Church of Christ, Rev. Moss served as pastor of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, whose membership grew from 125 to over 2100 members under his leadership.
Rev. Moss received his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Morehouse College, and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Yale with a concentration in Ethics and Theology. He has been Adjunct Professor of Voorhees College, and has served as a guest lecturer for the Interdenominational Theological Center, Emory University, Presbyterian College, Paine College, Dillard University, Howard University, Yale, Harvard University, and Morehouse College. He has preached at Chautauqua on numerous occasions, and has also shared Chautauqua's pulpit with his father, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.
Engaging in continuing ministry to youth and young adults, Rev. Moss also pursues a love for African-American American homiletics and church history. He has done extensive research in the areas of African-American culture, theology, and youth development. He is the author of Redemption in a Red Light District, and his essays, articles, and poetry have appeared in Sojourners Magazine, The Urban-Spectrum, and The African American Pulpit Journal, which, along with BeliefNet, named Reverend Moss as one of the "20 to Watch" ministers who will shape the future of the African American Church. His passion for youth and intergenerational ministry has led him to create the Issachar Movement, a consulting group designed to bridge the generation gap within churches and to train a new generation of prophetic church leadership.