9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Presbytery office

Are you a lectionary preacher who at times wonders about other preaching possibilities but isn’t sure where to start? Are you a non-lectionary preacher who struggles for new ideas? Are you wanting to learn more about preaching possibilities? Are you just interested in reflecting with colleagues on preaching? If so, then this toolbox course might be helpful to you. It is open to anyone (commissioned pastors, authorized lay preachers, ministers of word and sacrament, educators, lay preachers, others) interested in learning more about preaching beyond the lectionary.

This course will explore the delights and challenges of non-lectionary preaching. We will consider the identity of the preacher as an interpreter of Word and situation, discuss the pros and cons of departing from the lectionary, and identify reliable criteria for text selection. The course will include a workshop on designing a sermon series, and participants will head home with some concrete ideas to put into practice.

Angela Dienhart Hancock, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will be leading this course. She is the author of Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic, 1932-33: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich. She is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served churches in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Hancock earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

The course will be at the Presbytery office on Saturday, Jan. 18. The cost per person is $50, which does not include lunch. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Register and pay by Paypal below. If you would like to pay by cash or check, mail payment with this form to Presbytery of WV, Attn: Susan Sharp Campbell, 520 Second Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25303.