Convocation & Pastors’ School Seminar Registration Opens

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Seminar registration for Convocation & Pastors’ School October 10-11, 2011 is now open. Space is limited, so register early for the best selection.

Seminars offer participants the opportunity to explore the ideas shared during the event’s lectures in more depth and connect with other attendees in a more intimate setting. 

Enuma OkoroEnuma Okoro D’03 is one of the 19 scholars and practitioners who will lead seminars during the 2011 Convocation, Drawn into Scripture: Arts and the Life of the Church. In the seminar “Writing as a Faithful Discipline,” Okoro, a freelance writer, speaker, consultant and workshop leader, will help participants begin to write pieces that facilitate the up-building of God’s kingdom. 

Okoro reflected on her decades-long process of discerning her calling as a writer in a reflection on Faith & Leadership. “I wish I had encountered more mentors who had the time and space and concern to say to me, as someone who imagined writing as Christian vocation, ‘Take the leap of faith and trust in your gift to proclaim God’s word in new ways,’” she wrote. “ I hope I can grow into the sort of mentor who recognizes the writing gift and call in others and boldly and daringly says to them, ‘Write for the love and power of words. Write for the love of God.’”

Seminars meet twice during the Convocation & Pastors’ School. Participants who attend both sessions and all lectures are eligible to receive one continuing education unit. 

Other prominent seminar leaders include:
•    Sam Wells, Dean of Duke Chapel and research professor of Christian ethics, who will discuss the art of preaching
•    Richard Heitzenrater, William Kellon Quick professor emeritus of church history and Wesley studies, who will consider the arts historically, with an eye to their role in the present life of the church
•    Charles Campbell, professor of homiletics, who will explore the insights that jazz offers into the practice of preaching
•    Carole Baker, an artist and associate in research, who will discuss the history and theology of holy icons and demonstrate the ancient icon writing process
•    Tracy Radosevic, internationally-acclaimed storyteller, who will share techniques for drawing audiences into scripture

Full seminar descriptions and registration instructions are available on the Convocation website.