Megan Nickles will be brushing up her preaching skills at a workshop in Washington, D.C. at the Cathedral College of Preachers. The experience was generously funded by the Diocesan Commission on Ministry, which provided for two-thirds of the total expenses associated with the trip.
The weeklong conference, â€œThe Art of the Homilyâ€ will be taught by The Reverend Dr. Herbert Oâ€™Drisscoll. Oâ€™Driscoll is a popular writer on spirituality, a pilgrimage leader and preacher, and is a former Warden of the College of Preachers who has served Anglican churches in Canada. He is a native of Ireland. The Conference is an exploration of the creative dynamics of sermon preparation and embodiment; participants will develop and exercise their preaching skills with a superb teacher and master preacher as their guide. For almost 80 years, Cathedral College has served as the pre-eminent center of continuing education dedicated to strengthening and sustaining those called to ministries of proclamation.
As part of the COMâ€™s granting process, a small group of congregants from St. Johnâ€™s will meet with Megan to review the experience and establish goals for putting the experience into practice. The Commissionâ€™s Continuing Education Grants are funded from the 1% assessment every church in the diocese pays; the grants are available to anyone who wishes to deepen their education. For more information, contact Ed Wetzel.