Women’s Day


Sunday June 10

Women’s Day Speaker

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson

Teacher, Preacher, Minister of Music, World Renown Gospel and Spirituals Singer, Entrepreneur

Wilson, an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, holds a doctor of philosophy in liturgical studies from Garrett-Evangelical, a bachelor of arts in music education from Dillard University and a master of sacred music degree from Perkins School of Theology. Her dissertation is entitled “The Incarnational Nature of Congregational Song: A Deeper Level of Performance.” At Garrett-Evangelical, she launched the Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience, a one-of-a-kind North American institute that provides training in the sacred music of the black church and beyond to musicians and worship leaders. Also, at Garrett, she served as Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students. She currently services as Associate General Secretary, Leadership Ministries Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church.

Wilson co-wrote the Grammy-nominated “With a Made Up Mind,” which was performed by the Donald Vails Choraleers; was named Best Female Vocalist at the 1998 Gospel Choice Awards; and served as the first female and African-American director of music at the 2000 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has performed “everything from Handel to Mahalia, and from Bach to Boogie. Wilson has toured Europe, including several festivals of music and recording concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Copenhagen, Denmark, a Spirit-filled concert for the World Council of Churches in Brighton, England, and a memorable fund-raising tour in Seoul, Korea sponsored by Africa University (Zimbabwe).  Notably, she has also shared the stage with dynamic leaders and artists such as Richard Smallwood, Edwin Hawkins (“Oh Happy Day”), Senator Hillary Clinton, Nancy Wilson, Patti LaBelle, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence, Cissy Houston, the legendary Lionel Hampton, and the late Rev. James Cleveland. While serving on the faculty at Fort Worth Conservatory of Performing Arts, she taught and mentored the dynamic Mr. Kirk Franklin in 1987, and in Detroit, Michigan mentored the award winning contemporary gospel artist, Minister Byron Cage.”

Wilson was also part of the task force that produced “Songs of Zion,” a worship resource consisting of gospels, benedictions, spirituals and chants as well as historical accounts of musical movements within the black church. Out of that project, she came to record “New Songs of Zion,” an album first released by Warner Alliance in 1993 that comprises selected gospel and spiritual songs. In 2005 she co-chaired with Dr. William McClain, professor emeritus of Wesley Theological Seminary, the task force that produced, Zion Still Sings! For Every Generation.



Justice Weekend May 20-21, 2017
United Methodist Women: Seekers of Justice for All

Justice Symposium – Saturday, May 20 from 9am – 1pm in Sherman’s Winfield Hall

Patrick Keenan-Devlin - Dawes HeadshotOn Saturday morning May 20th, Sherman will host a Symposium with discussions led by: 1) Executive Director and Juvenile Justice Attorney Patrick Keenan-Devlin of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy of Evanston, focusing on achieving justice in our schools and the courts for disadvantaged Evanston youth followed by,


Seth Green of Y.O.U.2) Mr. Seth Green of Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) addressing a) Issues facing our youth on the employment front and b) Opportunities facing our youth; c) YOU, its mission and services; d) How we in the community can help.Karen Chavers Shorefront photo


Mr. Green and Mr. Keenan-Devlin will be interviewed by Ms. Karen Chavers, the District Director for Larry Suffredin, Cook County Commissioner of the 13 th District.

3) a discussion on the state of immigration led by Luis Huerta-Silva. Mr. Huerta-Silva is with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

Women’s Day 2017 Service
Sunday afternoon, May 21

Women’s Day at Sherman is a special day in which we lift up:
  • The role of women in church and society
  • The celebration of our youth and their gifts and graces
  • The history and role of women  at Sherman UMC

This year, we welcome back Helen Roberts-Evans, our missionary to Liberia speaking 3pm-5pm

Helen serves as the Director of the Department of General Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Helen attended high school at Evanston Township High School. She then studied in Bogotá, Colombia, and received a degree in special education from Boston University. Helen worked from 1998 through 2007 as executive director of the Child Care Center of Evanston. Here at Sherman United Methodist Church, Helen has served as a Sunday school teacher and has been an active member of United Methodist Women.

Each year we seek spiritual messages from female leaders in our community.  Past speakers include:

2016 – Rev. Dr. Karen Mosby: Executive Director of Programs at Good News Partners
2015 – Rev. Michelle Watkins Branch: Dean of the Maceo D. Pembroke Institute and an Elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church
2014 – Bishop Sally Dyck, episcopal leader: Bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church;
2013 – Mrs. Jamell Meeks: first lady of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago
2012 – Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson: Dean of Students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Please join us this year!

Women’s Day and Justice Weekend 2017 are sponsored by:820 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201