Abundance is topic for Wiseman’s sermons


Mary Lee Talbot
Staff writer

“A Theology of Abundance,” is the title for the Rev. Karyn L. Wiseman’s sermon at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning worship service in the Amphitheater. Wiseman is the Stuempfle-Folkemer Professor of Homiletics at the United Lutheran Seminary Philadelphia campus. She will serve as chaplain at Chautauqua for Week Seven.

She will preach at the 9:15 a.m. Monday through Friday morning worship services. The titles of her sermons include: “Beautiful Barns,” “Perfect Gifts,” “Treasures of the Heart,” “Gilded Lilies” and “Overflowing Cups.” 

Wiseman is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ. She received her master of divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. She has more than 25 years of experience pastoring churches in Kansas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Her doctorate in philosophy is from Drew University in Trenton, New Jersey, focused on liturgical studies/preaching and worship. 

Wiseman grew up in West Texas as the daughter of a United Methodist pastor, her father Keith, and an elementary school teacher, her mother Nancy. She is a middle child and has two sisters in Texas and Arkansas. She is married to Cindy Clawson, a social worker in Philadelphia, and has a son, Shelby, who lives in Pittsburgh. Wiseman loves action movies, social media, Broadway musicals and plays, the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys. Her love of the church means she is often dreaming of new ways for the church to be all it can be in a new and changing world.


The author Mary Lee Talbot

Mary Lee Talbot writes the recap of the morning worship service. A life-long Chautauquan, she is a Presbyterian minister, author of Chautauqua’s Heart: 100 Years of Beauty and a history of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. She edited The Streets Where We Live and Shalom Chautauqua. She lives in Chautauqua year-round with her Stabyhoun, Sammi.