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Rev. Raymond Kemp

kemp1Rev. Ray Kemp

Fr. Ray Kemp directs two Woodstock programs, Preaching the Just Word and Faith in the City. In addition to providing pastoral counseling to students, he is also an adjunct professor in the Theology Department of Georgetown, teaching two classes to undergraduate students: Struggle and Transcendence, and the Church and the Poor. Fr. Kemp helps out in DC parishes and is very involved with leading retreats for parish and faith groups about Biblical Justice, and for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult candidates. As part of the Preaching the Just Word project, Fr. Kemp is working on a manual with Sr. Nancy Sheridan.  His Faith in the City Project was the focus of a Woodstock Forum in Spring 2011, where former students and current colleagues of Fr. Kemp discussed their social justice work and how it helps foster and build community.

Before joining Woodstock, Fr. Kemp was the pastor at St. Augustine Parish (1974-1981) and Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish (1986-1992), both African-American parishes in Washington, D.C. He also served as the Secretary for Parish Life and Worship for the Archdiocese of Washington (1981-1986). He is a graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary and University for his graduate and undergraduate degrees. Fr. Kemp’s publications include Journey in Faith; articles in Christian Initiation Resources, The New Catholic World, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, The Catechumenate, Liturgy 90, The National Catholic Reporter, Worship, Church, Liturgy Training Publications, and Preach.

Fr. Kemp has had an active urban career with service as a member of D.C.’s Elected Board of Education in the 1970’s, the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia between 1986 and 1994, a non-lawyer member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, a founder of the 14th and U Streets Coalition and a member of the D.C. Central Kitchen’s Board of Directors. He currently serves on the DC Mayor’s Interfaith Council as well as the boards of D.C. Central Kitchen, College Campus Kitchens, and the Grassroot Project. He is also a DC Community Fellow in Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice, as well as a thesis advisor for Peace and Justice Studies and American Studies. His areas of interest include pastoral theology, liturgy, preaching, faith development, spirituality, Christian initiation, community organizing, urban development and urban politics.