You are invited to participate in one of our ministry and vocational exploration programs to aid in your own discernment and to engage being an agent of justice, reconciliation, and compassion in churches and communities.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Friday, October 12 – Saturday, October 13, 2018
(in conjunction with Winston-Salem Pride)
Director of Ministry and Vocational Exploration
In partnership with The Academy of Preachers, Wake Forest University School of Divinity will host the Southeast Regional Festival of Young Preachers on Saturday, September 29 on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
This celebration of preaching will be a time of encouragement and inspiration. In addition to the preaching sessions, Dr. Melva Sampson, assistant professor of preaching and practical theology at the School of Divinity, will be offering a Preaching Consultation on Friday, September 28 in the afternoon. Those who register for the festival will be sent more information about the Preaching Consultation.
You’re invited to preach!
Those up to age 35 from every Christian tradition are invited to preach a 15-minute sermon at the festival just as they would in their own environment: dress, text, voice, style, and substance.
What if am over 35 or do not want to preach?
Still register as an observer (general registration) to attend and support your colleagues in ministry!
Is there a theme?
Yes! “The Gospel and the World.” You can review a list of suggested texts here.
What does the festival cost?
$25 (lunch included), but you can register for free using the coupon code “WAKE25”!
I need overnight accommodations. Where can I stay?
A list of local hotels is available here. In addition, Wake Forest University School of Divinity has reserved a limited number of double occupancy hotel rooms for festival participants on the night of Friday, September 28th.
Note: please make sure you register for the festival separately if you are requesting accommodations utilizing the form linked above.
|9:00am||Orientation and Opening Worship led by Chelsea Yarborough (MDiv ‘15), Larry Brown (MDiv ‘15), Lindsey Altvater Clifton (MDiv ‘16), and Keith Menhinick (MDiv ‘15)|
|10:15am||Preaching Session 1|
|11:00am||Break and Preaching Studio|
|11:15am||Preaching Session 2|
|12:00pm||Break and Preaching Studio|
|1:00pm||Preaching Session 3|
|1:45pm||Break and Preaching Studio|
|2:00pm||Preaching Session 4|
|2:45pm||Break and Preaching Studio|
|3:00pm||Preaching Session 5|
|3:45pm||Break and Preaching Studio|
*This is a tentative schedule.
LGBTQ identified Christians often experience the power of social norms through the lens of church and claims that communities speak on behalf of God. “Because it is God’s Word…” is often heard as justification for the exclusionary exercise of such power. Queer theology resists this kind of exclusionary power as a misrepresentation of God. Come and see how theological education gives you the resources to ask difficult questions about how Christians understand power, in particular God’s power, through biblical texts, theological images, and worship practices. Together as a community, we will learn to claim understandings of the Bible, images of God, and experiences of Spirit that enrich and enliven the creative diversity with which each of us is wonderfully made.
This event is free to attend. Limited spaces available. Registration required.
Accommodations are available on a limited basis and will be determined by September 12, 2018 for participants who register by September 10, 2018.
|8:30 – 9:00am||Introducing Theological Studies at the School of Divinity|
|9:00 – 10:30am||Session 1: Queer Power, Divine Power|
|10:30 – 11:00am||Break|
|11:00am – 12:30pm||Session 2: Power, Pride, and Prejudice in Faith Communities|
|12:30 – 1:30pm||Lunch On Your Own|
|1:30 – 2:15pm||Campus Tour|
|2:15 – 3:30pm||The Joy of (Biblical) Texts|
|3:30 – 4:0pm||Break|
|4:00 – 4:30pm||Closing Worship|
Participants will be invited to join Winston-Salem Pride as our community celebrates our culture, honors diversity, inspires engagement, promotes inclusion, provides community outreach, and educates our friends, allies, and supporters on equal rights for all.
*This is a tentative schedule.