PEP II 2020
PREACHING IN THE ERA OF COVID: HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING
January 11-15, 2021
Recent news reports in both the secular and religious media describe clergy as tired, challenged and over-stretched by an unfamiliar environment and a forced, unrelenting, and steep learning curve due to the coronavirus pandemic. They are producing online videos, improving the congregations’ website and communications along with meeting heightened pastoral needs.
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation invites practicing parish clergy to register for a zoom-based Preaching Excellence Program (“PEP-II”) deep dive into preaching in the era of COVID. The schedule, adapted for “Zoom Time”, will require only 3 hours per day online between 11am and 4pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday, January 11-15, 2021. Speakers include The Rev. Judy Fentress Williams, Ph.D., Professor of Old Testament, Virginia Theological Seminary; The Rev. Dr. O. Wesley Allen, Jr., Professor of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology, SMU; and The Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa, FL, and The Rev. Kim Coleman, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA and President of the Union of Black Episcopalians.
The conference will lift up best practices in preaching, with particular emphasis on the “New Normal” of preaching to a virtual congregation in the COVID era. A central component of each day will be small, intimate preaching groups where participants will preach to constructive feedback from peers, guided by a trained moderator. Plenary sessions begin at 11am Eastern, and the formal program concludes each day at 4pm Eastern. Participants are also encouraged, but not required, to attend Conference Morning and Evening Prayer each day. Participants are expected to have a robust connection, plus camera and audio capability.
Registration is limited to 50 Episcopal parish clergy. Diocesan sponsorship is invited but not required; register directly at the EPF website, www.preachingfoundation.org. The registration fee is $300 before December 15th, 2020. The first 50 registrants before December 15th will receive a hard copy conference packet with conference program, worship bulletin, a devotional candle, conference bandana, and a copy of Dr. Wesley Allen’s preaching handbook “Determining the Form.“