Excellence in Preaching Series – Schell, Lyman, Countryman

On 4 September, I wrote about St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church holding a three part Excellence in Preaching series. Three remarkably gifted, different, and distinguished speakers and authors each had one day to preach twice and then offer a ninety minute seminar. The series is designed to better equip the listener to recognize and respond to different preaching styles – and to appreciate even those styles that may differ from personal preference. Photos follow of the speakers:

    • 14 September 2008: Rev. Donald Schell, All Saints Company Consultant and Creative Director and founder of St. Gregory’s, San Francisco
    • 26 October 2008: Rev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman, Professor Emerita of History, Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley
    • 16 November 2008: Rev. Dr. Bill Countryman, Professor Emeritus of Biblical studies, Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley

This was an inspiring and thoughtful series! I learned from and admired each of the speakers. I hope that St. Andrew’s continues to offer excellent education opportunities like these.  In the final series sermon two days ago, the Rev. Dr. Countryman considered three of the more difficult stories told by Jesus – the parables of the Ten Talents, Prodigal Son, and the Workers in the Vineyard. Each parable presents a question of generosity and fairness in human versus divine context. Every time I hear those stories, I secretly sympathize with the third slave who was cast out, with the older brother who felt ignored, and with the grumbling laborers who worked all day.

Rev. Dr. Bill CountrymanRev. Dr. Bill Countryman at St. Andrew's Saratoga, CA<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson Bill CountrymanRev. Dr. Bill Countryman at St. Andrew's Saratoga, CA<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson Bill CountrymanRev. Dr. Bill Countryman at St. Andrew's Saratoga, CA<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson
Rev. Dr. Rebecca LymanRev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman at St. Andrew's Saratoga, CA<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson Rebecca LymanRev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman at St. Andrew's Saratoga, CA<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson Rev. Dr. Rebecca LymanRev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman at St. Andrew's Saratoga, CA<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson
Series BrochureSt. Andrew's Saratoga, CA Excellence in Preaching series brochure<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson Rev. Donald SchellRev. Donald Schell at St. Andrew's Saratoga, CA<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson Rev. Donald SchellRev. Donald Schell at St. Andrew's Saratoga, CA<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

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