Special Event: Preaching Hope in a Culture of Violence

Date Posted: 5/15/2017

Plan now to attend an ecumenical event featuring social activist and preacher Tony Campolo this fall in Texarkana.
"Sunday morning remains the most segregated hour in America as Rev. Dr. King noted two generations ago," notes Rev. Brad Morgan, Williams Memorial UMC, Texarkana. “It is my hope that churches can move beyond that reality in society and deal with poverty and race in a way that the whole body of Christ is represented.” To that end, the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence of Southern Methodist University (PCPE) and Williams Memorial UMC are sponsoring the First Annual ARKLATEX Lecture, featuring the dynamic Dr. Tony Campolo as the featured speaker October 8-9. TAC Bishop Scott Jones will also be one of the presenters.
Tony Campolo is a speaker, author, sociologist, pastor, social activist and passionate follower of Jesus.  Dr. Tony Campolo will be speaking on the topic of “Preaching Hope in a Culture of Violence.” According to Brad, “No topic is off limits in this series. We want to invite clergy and laity from across the country to attend and get fired up about challenging topics and preaching that matters. I’m grateful for the generosity of Williams members for funding this forward leaning program that I pray is the first of many.” More information on Tony Campolo is available at: http://tonycampolo.org.

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“The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence ARKLATEX Lectures are devoted to enhancing the quality of preaching in local congregations in the region,” notes Perkins professor Dr. Alyce McKenzie. “This event is designed to appeal to clergy and laity in all conferences and all denominations.”
Sunday, October 8th
Morning - Dr. Campolo will be the featured preacher at the 8:15 and 10:30am Sanctuary worship services of Williams Memorial UMC
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.

Monday, October 9th
9 a.m. - Noon – Lecture/ Workshop led by Dr. Campolo
Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch Break
From 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., preaching workshops will be 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 in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Vincent Harris, Lead Pastor at Journey of Faith UMC (who becomes a District Superintendent July 1) will also lead a breakout session that draws on his passion for partnerships, education, poverty prevention and being the church by ‘doing.’
Preaching Peer Group Forming
Clergy seeking a deeper experience through peer learning and discussions can apply to 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 from the pool of those who apply by the leadership team of the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence. 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 a peer review of sermons.  Fellows chosen will pay $50 to participate and have all accommodations, meals, and event expenses beyond the initial 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: shulem@smu.edu  or 214-768-2124. A group of 6-8 Fellows will be selected from the applicants by The Center for Preaching Excellence.