The Center for Leadership Excellence presents…
A Day of Learning with Anna Carter Florence
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 9am*-3pm (*9-9:30 is registration)
Knightdale UMC (7071 Forestville Rd., Knightdale, NC 27545)
Registration Fee $50**, includes lunch
Bring your Team!
To get the most out of this Day of Learning, consider bringing a team. Plus, receive a 20% discount when you register three or more from your church.
What to Expect
Looking for ways to breathe new life into your reading and interpretation of Scripture? In this workshop, Anna Carter Florence offers a fresh way to read Scripture in community—by entering it, encountering it, and coming back with something deep and true.
Join us to discover some new strategies for reading Scripture that are easy to grasp and easy to adapt to any setting. We’ll learn to “read the verbs” in a biblical text as we walk through it, together. We’ll consider a host of helpful, often hilarious ways for a group to broaden its reading: questions to ask, techniques to try, and rules of fair play to keep things steady. Based on her new book, Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community, this day of learning will be a lively and energizing deep-dive into Scripture.
A New Vision for Reading Together
What if we imagined ourselves as a repertory church, reading and rehearsing these biblical texts together, over time? What if Scripture was a text that needed to be practiced as well as studied? What if we learned to rehearse it until we find the script in the Scripture—our script? And what if people who fundamentally disagreed with one another could gather around Scripture in this way, and enjoy doing it? Maybe we could stop fighting about what the text means, and start listening to it, and one another—with real appreciation! Maybe we could find something true before we have to decide what’s right.
About Anna Carter Florence
Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale University and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.).
Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Dr. Florence served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Her books include Preaching as Testimony, Inscribing the Word, and Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community, based on her 2012 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School; her current book project is ‘A’ is for Alabaster: A Preacher’s Alphabet. She has also published numerous articles and chapters in books and journals, including a year’s worth of lectionary text commentaries for www.WorkingPreacher.com.
Dr. Florence’s research focuses on testimony, preaching pedagogies, and creative strategies for communities to engage and encounter the biblical text, so she is happiest when sitting around a table with a group of people, a big passage of scripture, and a big block of time to dive into it. She is a frequent teacher and lecturer in the U.S. and abroad. She and her husband, the Rev. David Carter Florence, have two grown sons. They also have two dogs, two cats, and way too much knitting yarn.