The Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin – Bio
“Preaching and Social Therapeutics”
The workshop will explore the relationship between homiletics and Christian social ethics. We will propose disciplines and steps for addressing difficult social issues with theological sophistication, grace and humor.
John Bell – Bio
“The Importance of the Imagination”
Homilists sometimes presume that academic attention to the biblical text and a solid grounding in theology are sufficient to enable the opening of the scriptures in preaching. This workshop points to how God not only uses divine imagination but requires human imagination in order to give the fuller understanding of the text. (Also offered in workshop sessions 2)
The Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls – Bio
“Prophets, Psalmists and Sages: Poetic Analysis Skills for Preaching”
(Part 1 of a 2 part workshop)
This two-part workshop will offer participants skills in reading Hebrew poetry (in English translation!) so that these beautiful ancient texts become more accessible to a modern audience. Part One will teach some of the skills of poetic analysis useful for the close reading of the text and Part Two will be a hands-on session to give participants a chance to apply the skills to Hebrew Bible lectionary texts. We will use a selection of Advent texts so that you will have prep work done for the upcoming season.
(Part 2 offered in workshop session 3)
The Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes – Bio
“Preaching in Your Underwear: Complexity and Preaching”
We don’t preach only in our underwear! But preachers do need to be vulnerable. Small changes can make a big difference in how congregations receive and respond to the gospel in their social and global context. An understanding of a complex adaptive system can support authenticity and transparency in preaching. We’ll explore: complexity in meeting your congregation where it is; emergence, how simple entities can help generate surprising new systems; and “flocking behaviour”, how members will realign direction without central coordination.
The Rev. Dr. Gail Ricciuti – Bio
“Look Before You Preach: the Embedded Joys of Imagery”
A workshop on a process of “conversational exegesis” that has potential to enrich our insights on the scripture text by bringing conventional biblical exegesis into conversation with artistic images.
(Also offered in workshop session 2)
The Rev. Dr. Victor Shepherd – Bio
“Calvin on Preaching”
John Calvin maintains that the gospel is the gospel preached. In other words, there isn’t a gospel that we ponder and then decide to announce; instead, the gospel is an event that occurs in the moment of proclamation. Calvin insists as well that Jesus Christ comes to us “clothed with his gospel”. It all adds up to this: the gospel preached is Jesus Christ coming to us – is nothing less than the power of God effecting faith in us and thereby our salvation. (Romans 1:16) Attendees will experience the unity of the movement of the sermon, the momentum of the gospel, and the surge of the One whose gospel it is.
The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson – Bio
“The Preaching Scene Today”
This seminar will discuss where preaching has been, where it is going, and why the grammar of trouble and grace, or four pages, is so essential for sermons today, whatever form they take. (This workshop is required for those attending the extra session, Fine-Tuned Preaching on Tuesday afternoon and evening, in which preachers will be given feedback to their sermons.)