PREACHING EXCELLENCE PROGRAM II

2018

 Sponsored by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation 

 

The PEP II conference is designed to reach clergy approximately three to five years after ordination. Candidates are recommended by their Bishops and graduates of PEP 2009-2015 are welcome to register. This program is being held at Loyola Retreat Center, Morristown, NJ, Tuesday, June 5 to Friday, June 8. The theme for 2018 PEP II is "Preaching Across the Divide: Race, Gender and Politics." 

Please provide a sermon for review and critiquing. It is suggested that the sermon topic focus on race, gender and/or politics. 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. 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 2018 program contact an EPF representative 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 representative for advance booking and work with the EPF rep to complete your travel arrangements eight weeks prior to the start of PEP II (for 2018 this deadline is Friday, April 6th).  

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 EPF rep. 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.   An EPF rep 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 EPF rep. Travel from anywhere other than the lower forty-eight states will be booked for a value of up to $600. 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 EPF rep. 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 EPF rep for approval (by April 6, 2018).

 Ground Transportation

Arrival at Airport.

All transfers from an airport to the conference center will be arranged by the EPF rep. Usually transport will be by scheduled taxi and you will be advised about the details. If your flight is significantly delayed contact the EPF rep 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 8th. The shuttle bus departure time will be announced and posted.

 Arrival and Departure at the Train Station.

Transportation to and from the train is usually done by car with an EPF rep driving you. Check with the EPF rep 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 EPF rep to avoid any confusion regarding expense coverage. Original copies of expense reports and receipts send in and postmarked no later than Friday, June 15th.  No reimbursements will be made if received after that date.