Advancing preaching skills through plenary presentation, interpersonal interactions, small group work and individual reflection. Topics include: Finding the Light Switch: Overview of a Toolkit, View from the Study: Preaching as Spiritual Practice, View from the Page: Preaching as Craft and Art, The Long View: Getting Better When You're Already Good - and more. Registration starts at Noon on Thursday, September 28th and concludes with lunch at 1:00PM on Saturday, September 30th.
Conference on Friday, May 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Trinity Church, Omaha, Nebraska is directed to ordained, seminary trained clergy who preach every week.
Conference for students of Bishop Kemper School of Ministry and lay licensed preachers. Saturday, 10AM-3PM and Sunday 8 AM-Noon (including services at 8 AM and 10 AM) with a course titled, "How to listen to a Sermon," between services, which is directed to laity. (Clergy attendance is optional that day). http://www.episcopal-ne.org/digital_faith/events/3017158
This conference will introduce a practical assortment of fresh tools for habits of homily preparation and sermon delivery that will include plenary, small group work, and time for individual creative reflection. We will explore a single text to “find the light switch”, deliver the Gospel with graceful embodiment, and equip one another with rich language and image that connects the Word to the world week after week. For more information go to: http://www.iowaepiscopal.org/digital_faith/events/
The Rev. Dr. Micah Jackson will be the featured speaker. He is the Bishop John Hines Associate Professor of Preaching and serves as the Dean of Community Life at the Seminary of the Southwest. His academic interests include the spiritual discipline of preaching, homiletic form, and postmodern construction of the relationship between preacher and congregation. His previous courses have ranged from "New Media in Worship and Preaching" to "Political Preaching" and "The Preacher's Self." Professor Jackson is a popular instructor at the Episcopal Preaching Foundation's Preaching Excellence Program, having served on the faculty since 2008. He is also a past member of the EPF Board of Directors and currently serves as the EPF Program committee chair.
A two-day clergy conference will be held featuring the Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams and the Rev. Dr. Micah Jackson in Lafayette, Louisiana and sponsored by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation and the Dioceses of Western Louisiana and Louisiana.
The Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams will present: "In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed": Preaching and the Formation of Identity for the Missional Church.
“In these workshops, we will explore the idea of identity as construct in scripture. Working with the metaphors of family, nation, adoption, marriage, and people, we will examine lectionary readings that offer an opportunity to reflect on the various identities to which we are called within the community of faith.”
“After reviewing the ways in which identity is formed, challenged and reformed in the Old and New Testaments, (session 1), we will work on readings for year A (session 2), with an eye towards encouraging and developing a congregational identity as a missional church.”
The Rev. Dr. Micah Jackson will be presenting:
Illustrations and Examples for the Missional Church
"Sweet stories about the pastor's family and pets are not often powerful enough to animate the Missional Church. In this session, we will examine the function of illustrations and examples in the sermon and identify the qualities of (and sources for) great material."
Sticking the Ending: Helping Your Congregation to Complete Your Sermon
"The ending of the sermon is a crucial part of effective preaching, since that's where the implications of the message are found. In this workshop, we'll look at several kinds of sermon endings and learn where and how they can be most effectively used to keep your congregation engaged in the mission of the Church."
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation and the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast will co-host a one day conference featuring Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams, PhD.
About the Conference
Most preachers begin their weekly homiletical preparation by looking at the appointed Gospel. However, there is much to be garnered from the Hebrew Testament. Dr. Fentress-Williams will lead us in a study of some of the appointed texts in Year A. She will also discuss how The Gospel of Matthew [Year A] often refers to the Hebrew Testament when seeking an understanding of the life, message and atoning work of Christ Jesus.
About Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams
Dr. Fentress-Williams received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Yale University in 1999. Her dissertation entitled, “What Has Happened to the Son of Kish? A Dialogic Reading of Saul in I Samuel” reflects her interest in a literary approach that celebrates the multiple voices and inter-textuality of scripture.
Her published essays include, “The Bible in Dialogue” in "September 11: Religious Perspectives on the Causes and Consequences” “Location, Location, Location: Tamar in the Joseph Cycle” in Bakhtin and Genre, and “Exodus” in Biblia Africana. She recently published a commentary on the book of Ruth for the Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, she is an active participant in the Bakhtin and Biblical Studies Group and she serves on the Advisory Board for the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University.
2016 Fall Leadership Day
"EQUIPPING THE PREACHERS"
Sponsored by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation
and the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
Keynote Speaker: Barbara Rossing, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, "Highlights on the Gospel of Matthew-Preaching Lectionary Year A"
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith - "Different Generations and the Preaching"
PEP will be held this year Monday, May 30th to Friday, June 3rd at the Roslyn Conference and Retreat Center in Richmond, Virginia. PEP I is for seminarians and is often called "boot camp for preachers". All participants must be nominated by their seminary. PEP is a mixture of workshops, plenary presentations and small preaching groups. Seminarians are nominated by their homiletics professor or dean for spots at PEP.
The Preaching Excellence Program II will be held on Tuesday, June 14th to Friday, June 17th at Drew University. Madison, New Jersey. PEP II is offered to parish priests who are three to five years into their ministries and at the point that they “know what they don't know."
The PEP staff is composed of professors of preaching and accomplished parish and cathedral priests and deans. Keynote lectures are given by distinguished teachers of homiletics and nationally known preachers.
This program is highly successful and effective as witnessed by such comments from participants as:
“There is not much opportunity for clergy to work on preaching craft after they get into parish ministry. We need PEP II and the Church needs it!”
“Participating in PEP II” was very helpful, “meeting colleagues from around the country and sharing experiences and resources. Connecting with seminarians. Preaching our sermons back to back enabled us to see different and effective treatments of the text.”
Speakers Walter Brueggemann and Judy Fentress- Williams
Walter Brueggemann has for decades been a defining Old Testament scholar, passionate and prophetic preacher and leader in joining uncompromising biblical scholarship with skilled and committed preach- ing. He is the author of more than 58 books, including the latest, Ice Axes for Frozen Seas: A Biblical Theology of Provocation
Dr. Fentress-Williams received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Yale University in 1999. Her dissertation entitled, “What Has Happened to the Son of Kish? A Dialogic Reading of Saul in I Samuel” reflects her interest in a literary approach that celebrates the multiple voices and inter-textuality of scripture. She earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 1990 and her A.B. in English from Princeton University with certificates in African-American Studies and American Studies in 1984.
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation will host a preaching conference at the St. Francis Retreat Center in Dewitt, MI. For more information; please contact Rev. Jared Cramer ,St. John's Grand Haven, MI phone: (616)842-6260 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
As the event gets closer, more information will be posted on the website.
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation will host a one-day conference on lectionary year C. Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Emory University. His most recent book, What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith, explores questions of God and human suffering, and was named “2011 Book of the Year” by the Academy of Parish Clergy. Long’s 1989 book The Witness of Preaching—now in its second edition—is one of the most widely used texts on preaching, appearing on class reading lists in seminaries across the country and world. In 2010,Preaching magazine named The Witness of Preaching one of the 25 most influential books in preaching for the last 25 years. Long’sPreaching from Memory to Hope was named as one of the “top ten books for parish ministry published in 2009” by the Academy of Parish Clergy.
November 13-14, 2015
With Rev. Dr. Tom Long, the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is the author or editor of 21 books on preaching and worship. His most recent book, What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith, explores questions of God and human suffering, and was named “2011 Book of the Year” by the Academy of Parish Clergy
For Episcopal and Lutheran Clergy
with Tom Long and Barbara Rossing
Held at the Heritage Hotel
1700 Fox Farm Road
Great Falls MT
Friday, September 25, 2015
1:00 pm Registration
2-3:45 pm Time with the Bishops
4:00 pm Beginning and Welcome – Micah Jackson on behalf of EPF
4:45- 5:30 pm Plenary I – Tom Long
5:30 pm Reception (no-host bar)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Plenary II – Barbara Rossing (7:00 – 7:45)
8:00 pm Compline – Micah or Diane
9:00 pm Fellowship
Saturday, September 26, 2015
8:00 am Breakfast (on your own)
9:00 am Morning Prayers – Micah or Diane
9: 30 am Plenary III –Tom Long (9:30 – 10:15)
10:30 am Plenary IV – Barbara Rossing (10:30 – 11:15)
11:30 Panel – Tom Long & Barbara Rossing (11:30 – 12 pm
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Wrap – up, Evaluation – Micah Jackson
3:00 pm Departure
with Walter Brueggemann and
Walter Brueggemann has for decades been a defining Old Testament scholar, passionate and prophetic preacher and leader in joining uncompromising biblical scholarship with skilled and committed preaching. He is the author of more than 58 books, including the latest, Ice Axes for Frozen Seas: A Biblical Theology of Provocation.
Lauren Winner is a candid and gifted author with a passionate love of scripture whose exegesis and preaching never fails to invite readers and hearers to a deeper encounter with God.
Diocese of Colorado
May 5-7, 2015
Tuesday, May 5
4:30-5:45 Plenary One (Brueggemann)
Prayers and dinner
7:30-8:45 Plenary Two (Winner)
Wednesday, May 6
9:00-10:30 Workshops (tbd)
11:00 Holy Eucharist
1:30-2:45 Plenary Three (Brueggemann)
7:30-8:45 Plenary Four (Bishop’s Time)
Thursday, May 7
9:00-10:15 Plenary Five (Winner)
10:30-11:45 Plenary Six (Brueggemann)
Lunch and departure
La Predicacion de Jesus: Preaching in Spanish
The conference is for all who are interested in preaching more effectively – in Spanish and English – native speakers and those just learning, seminarians, clergy and laity. In a mix of worship and celebration, plenary sessions and preaching groups, we will learn and grow together as we study and proclaim Jesus.
Dr James Forbes, senior pastor emeritus at the Riverside Church in New York City, and Professor of Preaching emeritus at the Union Theological Seminary of New York will join Episcopal Preaching Foundation executive director William Brosend for a day of conversation on the “Renewal of Preachers and Preaching” from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Contact the diocese at www.edow.org for registration information.