Today the Episcopal Preaching Foundation announced a new 3-day preaching seminar open to all those studying for ordination in the mainline Protestant Church, whether in seminaries or other programs.
The May 26-28 cloud-based program, intended to the first in an annual series, will feature nationally recognized preachers and academic authorities including the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church; the Very Rev. Randolph Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral; and Vanderbilt Divinity School Professor Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, author of many works of commentary on Old Testament and the Hebrew Scriptures.
Prompted by the demand for continued learning while many academic institutions are closed due to precautions to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the conference combines elements of established EPF programs, particularly the annual in-person Preaching Excellence Program (PEP) for seminarians and the online moderated preaching groups offered to clergy participants in the EPF’s other annual conference known as “PEP-II.”
The three presenters had been scheduled to participate in the foundation’s 2020 PEP conference, originally set for May 25-29.
“We, like the rest of the Episcopal Church, are committed to finding innovative ways of adapting to the ever-changing challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic,” said A. Gary Shilling, who founded the Episcopal Preaching Foundation in 1988.
The seminar’s participatory format offers participants a unique opportunity to absorb wisdom from leaders in the ecumenical Protestant community and beyond, interwoven with participation in four-person Zoom Room preaching groups moderated by trained and affirmative leaders. The program will be presented in coordination with Bexley Seabury Seminary, a leader in the delivery of online coursework.
Registration is open at www.preachingfoundation.org/conference-parish-clergy/preaching-excellence-connection. The registration fee is $100.
The mission of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation is to support and encourage excellence in preaching in the Episcopal Church. The EPF strongly believes in the foundational role of preaching to energize and build church membership and attendance in today’s challenging environment, as recently documented by Gallup and the Pew Research Center.