Diocese of New Westminister Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Diocese of New Westminister Vancouver, BC, Canada

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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 1:00 PM PDT on Saturday, September 30th.

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Diocese of Nebraska and Bishop Kemper School for Ministry
May
19
to May 21

Diocese of Nebraska and Bishop Kemper School for Ministry

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).

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Diocese of Iowa
May
11
to May 13

Diocese of Iowa

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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. 

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Diocese of Bethlehem
Feb
23
9:30 AM09:30

Diocese of Bethlehem

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Clergy Day

 

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.  

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Dioceses of Western Louisiana and Louisiana
Feb
7
to Feb 8

Dioceses of Western Louisiana and Louisiana

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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. 

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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."

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Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast

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.

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