October 25-26, 2018
Thursday, October 25:
1:00-2:30 pm – Opening Reception on garden patio, weather permitting, featuring refreshments and a communal art project led by Claudia Fulshaw: Collective Wisdom
What did your grandmother or even your great grandmother have to say? What was her mantra, her wisdom, her one-liner, her I-told-you-so that has stuck with you throughout your life? How about your mom, your aunt, your sister, your daughter, your granddaughter? During the Opening Reception, write down these guiding words authored by your sages. When the festival closes on Friday, these pearls of wisdom will have been transformed into a piece of art, sharing “her voice through the generations,” with printed copies available for each participant to take home.
2:30-4:00 pm – Our Place – Panel conversation followed by circles of sharing our own stories, panelists: Susan Mazzara, Rhody Mastin, Crystal Rook, and Elizabeth Kearney
4:00-4:15 pm- Break
4:15-5:45 pm – Open Forum – Flowing out of our small group conversations participants will have the opportunity to gather with others around contemporary ministry issues they identify as important.
5:45-6:00 pm – Break
6:00-7:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 – Opening Worship – Featuring the preaching of Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk and dramatic interpretation of Sojourner Truth by Carolyn Evans.
Friday, October 26:
8:30-9:00 am – Registration and coffee
9:00-10:00 am – Preaching Lecture – Rev. Jerusha Neal, Ph.D: The Haunted Pulpit: Getting Rid of Preaching’s Unholy Ghosts
Preaching is one of God’s greatest gifts to the church, but walking into a pulpit often means facing some unholy ghosts. Fears of meeting other’s expectations, confusion about preaching’s goal, and the weight of our own histories can mute our voices and make us doubt our calls. The Holy Spirit is about the business of replacing these fears and shadows with a real relationship with a risen Savior. What does preaching that testifies to that kind of embodied encounter look like? What are the marks of preaching that flows from a loving, living engagement with the scriptures, the gathered community and with God?
10-10:15 am – Break
10:15-11:30 am – Workshops: Kelli Hitchman-Craig, Katherine Shaner, Claudia Fulshaw, Angela Roberson. Read descriptions HERE.
11:30 am-12:30 pm – A Service of Scripture, Story, and Song – Peace Lee, Dorothy Clark, and Katherine Guerrero Tintera
12:30-1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30-2:45 pm Workshops: Angela Whitenhill, Jerusha Neal, Dorothy Clark. Read descriptions HERE.
3-3:45 pm – Closing worship: Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth, Monique Swaby preaching
Optional Dinner- Aren’t ready to head home yet? Join us for dinner at a local restaurant! Details TBD