Special guests: The Rev. K. Monet Rice-Jalloh & The Rev. Dr. Alisha Lola Jones

Worship on November 30 included these special guests:
K. Monet Rice preaching at 8:30 and 10 am, and Alisha Jones lecturing between the services.
These women are not to be missed!
 
The Reverend K. Monet Rice-Jalloh is the Associate Chaplain at Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, NC. An ordained minister in the Baptist tradition, she was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She began to answer her call to ministry at age 15 when she was first introduced to Theology as a discipline. Her interest in Early Church History and Patristic Studies led her to pursue further education for which she enrolled at Louisiana State University.
At LSU she majored in History with focus in Ancient Near Eastern History, and held minors in both Philosophy/Religion and Africana/African American Studies. At LSU she was also a member of their 25 time National Championship Women’s Track and Field. 
 
To better equip herself for ministry she enrolled in Princeton Theological Seminary. While at Princeton she worked in Princeton University’s Department of Religious Life with Dean Dr. Deborah Blanks. There she was able to touch the lives of many University students and encourage them to also pursue wisdom and understanding as they acquire knowledge. After completing seminary she accepted the opportunity to serve as an Associate Pastor at The Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, NY, as a FTE recipient in their T.i.M project. While at Concord, Rice-Jalloh delved into improving the Bedford-Stuyvesant communities’ health and wellness. She attained recognition for her work and a position with Cornell University’s medical research group as a liaison between the University’s College of Human Ecology and the New York City community. When the opportunity presented itself to return to academic religious life, she was more than happy to join the Wake Forest Community.
 
At Wake Forest, most of Rice-Jalloh’s attention is given to Well-being practices as she specializes in Mind/Body Synchronicity and Interfaith/transcultural community.  Her love for academic chaplaincy is rooted in the privilege of engaging in delightfully deep theological discourse with bright and inquisitive minds while also liturgically engaging the academic community. Rice-Jalloh enjoys developing lasting relationships with students, faculty and staff; and seeks to live a life evident of the presence of the Divine.
 
She is happily married to Mamadou Aliou and they are currently raising several healthy house plants. Those who know her well often affectionately describe her as the most unconventionally conventional person they know. To which she replies, “It looks like God is still calling ‘whosoever will.’” Nevertheless, it is her heart’s cry and prayer that in everything she does that the Lord would simply be pleased.
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Named “Top 30, under 30” by DC’s 93.9 WKYS FM, “Living Legend” by the LadyDiva Corp., University of Chicago Innovation Grant recipient, and former Miss Black Maryland USA, Rev. Dr. Alisha Lola Jones, is a voice charming the nation in message and music, re-teaching our communities their loveliness. She recently completed doctoral research at the University of Chicago in the Department of Music and is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Oberlin Conservatory. A sought after creative, producer, ethnomusicologist, opera singer, consultant, and theological thought-leader Alisha Lola Jones, utilizes the performing arts to help clients find their rhythm.
Raised in Washington, DC during the 90s crack epidemic, death loomed in the air, while Jones attended public school. She attended Duke Ellington School for the Arts and was trained to be a professional cultural ambassador, traveling the world, with various embassies, societies and government agencies such as that of Germany, Barbados, and South Korea. With head and heart, she presently turns live music concerts into interactive music education. Rev. Dr. Jones is the founder and executive director of InSight Initiative, Inc., which produces live concerts and empowerment programming that redefines achievement on and beyond college campuses. They bring together innovative artists and creative intellectuals for events in low income, high minority communties.