PREACHING EXCELLENCE PROGRAM II

2017

 Sponsored by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation Partnering with the John Templeton Foundation

 

The PEP II conference is designed to reach clergy approximately three to five years after ordination. Candidates are recommended by their Bishops. This program is being held at Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ, Tuesday, June 13 to Friday, June 16. 

During the 2017 session of PEP II, you will have the opportunity to be directly instructed and guided by Everett L. Worthington, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, an expert on understanding how to forgive and the benefits of forgiveness. Dr. Worthington’s extensive research has been supported by the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org).  

Programs will focus on how human science research on forgiveness intersects with spiritual and formational practices in sermon preparation and presentation. The objective of the program is for you to become the conduit for disseminating forgiveness research within your congregation and incorporating the science and process of forgiveness into your sermons and pastoral care. 

Training and reading materials will be provided. The Participant’s Manual: Becoming a more Forgiving Christian can be accessed at :

 www.people.vcu.edu/~eworth/manuals/participant_manual_christian.doc

Please provide a sermon for review and critiquing. It is suggested that the topic include forgiving. The sermon should be provided after your registration is submitted to preachingfoundation@gmail.com. The deadline for registration, fee payment and sermon submission is March 15, 2017.  At the close of the conference we encourage you to submit a sermon for publication in the annual EPF sermon book and recommend that the topic focus on forgiveness. The sermon book is distributed to bishops of The Episcopal Church, seminary deans/presidents, seminary libraries, cathedral deans, PEP participants, faculty and guests and to our donors. Please note submitting a sermon does not guarantee publication. 

Participants are required to pay $300 and contact the Episcopal Preaching Foundation to review and process travel arrangements. Guidelines for travel are listed below.  

 For more information about the 2017 program contact Pamela Hogan, Associate Program Director at the EPF by email: preachingfoundation@gmail.com or calling:  973-376-6014.

 

  Guidelines for PEP II Travel 

The Episcopal Preaching Foundation will be responsible for your travel arrangements. Please review the travel options listed here.

Contact the EPF’s Associate Program Director (APD) for advance booking and work with the APD to complete your travel arrangements eight weeks prior to the start of PEP II (for 2017 this deadline is Tuesday April 18th).  

EPF is not responsible for meals or snacks during travel or sabbatical time, nor transport to/from your home to the airport or airport parking. If you have any questions or a special circumstance that requires consideration, please contact the APD. Email: preachingfoundation@gmail.com or call 973-376-6014.

 Air or Train Travel

Whenever possible, the least expensive flight or train ticket will be booked.   The APD will book your airfare or train fare from your home, returning to same place. If you request an alternate pick up or drop off point, EPF will only be responsible for the airfare or train fare amount that it would have cost had you traveled to and from your home, as determined by the APD.  Travel from anywhere other than the lower forty-eight states will be booked for a value of up to $700. The cost of checked luggage is your responsibility.

 Driving

If you chose to drive your own vehicle the cost should be lower than travel by train/plane, as determined by the APD. Mileage will be reimbursed according the IRS guidelines for business travel. The expense of gas is included in the IRS mileage reimbursement. Your expected mileage should be determined and this information emailed to the APD for approval (by April 18, 2017).

 Ground Transportation

Arrival at Airport.

All transfers from an airport to the conference center will be arranged by the APD. Usually transport will be by scheduled taxi and you will be advised about the details. If your flight is significantly delayed contact the APD as soon as possible to arrange for a late arrival accommodations. No car rentals will be reimbursed.

 Departure to Airport.

A shuttle bus will be scheduled to transport you from the conference center to the airport on Friday, June 16. The shuttle bus departure time will be announced and posted at on the entrance door of the dorm.

 Arrival and Departure at the Train Station.

Transportation to and from the train is usually done by car with an EPF representative driving you. Check with the APD to confirm the time and method of transportation.  

 Expense Reimbursements

Please remember that the EPF is a non-profit organization and needs to be fiscally responsible at all times.  We need your help to achieve this goal. Expense reimbursements are made after the successful completion of the program. Reimbursement will be made for such items as approved emergency transportation and mileage as described above.

  Check with the APD to avoid any confusion regarding expense coverage. Original copies of expense reports and receipts send in and postmarked no later than Friday, June 23rd.  No reimbursements will be made if received after that date.