9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Preachers, pastors and lay church workers are invited to take advantage of this unique, one-day workshop on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 for developing a renewed relationship with how they preach.
This special event will be led by Dr. Anna Carter Florence, who is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Georgia).
Participants will be introduced to a deeper, wider understanding of preaching. Dr. Florence’s teaching focuses on exploring the historical, aesthetic and performative dimensions of the traditional rhetorical practice.
“Preaching the Verb” is organized jointly by the Gene Bennett Program for Life Long Learning at CRCDS and the Presbytery of Genesee Valley (PGV).
Dr. Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Florence is interested in historical, theological, aesthetic, and performative dimensions of preaching and the ways preaching engages other fields.
About “Preaching the Verbs”
If you do a quick survey of any bible passage, you’ll find that what is true in life is also true in scripture: the verbs dominate. Not adjectives; verbs. It’s what we do and don’t do that preoccupies human beings. And it’s the verbs we cannot imagine for ourselves (live, liberate, forgive, resurrect) that the church offers, and that we reach for, week after week. So what happens when we read scripture and let the verbs lead? In this conference, Dr. Florence puts a twist on dramatic theory and invites us to read the biblical “script” by focusing on the verbs that are given and chosen by the characters. What new things will we see and hear in both our sacred text and our human drama when we connect the verbs? How can that, in turn, change and renew our preaching?
If you have any questions, please email Colleen Fitzgibbons-Talarico or call (585) 340 9588.