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Preaching Hope in a Culture of Violence
October 8, 2017 @ 8:15 am - October 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm$50
The First Annual ARKLATEX Lectures
Cosponsored by the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence and
Preaching Hope in a Culture of Violence
October 8-9, 2017
Williams Memorial United Methodist Church, Texarkana, Texas
The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence of Southern Methodist University presents Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo as the featured speaker for the First Annual ARKLATEX Lectures at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church of Texarkana, Texas on October 8th and 9th, 2017.
Tony Campolo is a speaker, author, sociologist, pastor, social activist, and passionate follower of Jesus! More information on Tony Campolo is available HERE.
The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence ARKLATEX Lectures are devoted to enhancing the quality of preaching in local congregations in the region.
Dr. Tony Campolo will be speaking on the topic of “Preaching Hope in a Culture of Violence.”
Sunday, October 8th
Morning – Dr. Campolo will be the featured preacher at the 8:15 and 10:30 Sanctuary worship services of Williams Memorial United Methodist Church.
Evening – 6 p.m. Open Lecture Event with Dinner followed by a Q & A Session led by Dr. Campolo in Wesley Hall of Williams Memorial United Methodist Church.
Monday, October 9th
9 a.m. – Noon – Lecture/ Workshop led by Dr. Campolo
Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch Break
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Preaching Workshops led by Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie and Dr.O. Wesley Allen, Jr., professors of preaching and worship at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas and Dr. Vincent Harris Superintendent of the South District of the Texas Annual Conference.
Dr. Alyce McKenzie will be leading a workshop entitled “You’re Making Me Uncomfortable, but I’m Still Listening: Rhetorical Strategies for Preaching on Challenging Topics.”
We preach in difficult times of polarized opinion that lately has erupted in disturbing episodes of violence. As preachers we are called to preach a bold, prophetic word of interpretation of current events and issues.
This workshop offers rhetorical strategies for preaching a persuasive, compelling message that even those who disagree with the preacher’s stance will stay with to the end. Come prepared to discuss your most challenging recent sermon.
The Rev. Dr. O. Wesley Allen, Jr. will be leading a workshop entitled “Preaching in the Era of Trump: Issues Preachers Should Address in the Current Cultural Climate.”
During his campaign and into his presidency, Donald Trump has used language and issued directives that put various groups of people in our society at risk. Drawing and expanding upon his book, Preaching in the Era of Trump, Wes Allen will lead a discussion of issues preachers are called to address as part of the Church’s mission to care for “the least of these” and of Christ’s command to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” A part of the discussion will involve how we are to preach in a way that touches on politics without the sermon becoming a partisan, political stump-speech.
Interested in a deeper experience?
Become a Perkins Preaching Fellow!
As an outgrowth of this this event, a preaching peer group of 6-8 pastors will meet periodically (see schedule below) to discuss themes from the lectures and workshops and offer constructive feedback on one another’s sermons. The group will be selected by the leadership team of the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence from the pool of those who apply. The Perkins Preaching Fellows will have an additional session with Tony Campolo on Monday, October 9th from 1-3 p.m, followed by a session with Drs. Allen and McKenzie Monday evening. They will meet from 9-12 Tuesday morning with Rev. Dr. Brad Morgan, senior pastor of Williams Memorial UMC, who will facilitate the group.
Following this initial experience October 9-10 (Monday/Tuesday), Perkins Preaching Fellows will have three retreat events in 2018: February 9-10, April 13-14, and June 8-9. These events include two additional sessions via Skype with Tony Campolo and peer review of sermons. Fellows will have all accommodations, meals, and event expenses beyond the initial $50 fee covered.
Applications to be a Perkins Preaching Fellow can be made by contacting the Perkins
Center for Preaching Excellence’s Administrative Assistant Sabina Hulem: firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of 6-8 Fellows will be selected from the applicants by The Center for Preaching Excellence.