About The Schooler Institute on Preaching
Focused on the power of the pulpit
Annually, the MTSO campus is filled with Christian leaders who come to enrich their understanding and enhance their preaching skills at the Schooler Institute on Preaching. The institute was established in 1989 by a generous grant from the Schooler Family Foundation, in recognition of the importance of effective preaching in the life of the church.
The institute brings renowned speakers to campus to share their expertise and insights. In addition to lectures, the institute features workshops around the institute theme, dialogue with speakers and workshop leaders, and a worship service featuring a sermon delivered by the keynote speaker.
Past Schooler Institute speakers include Fred Craddock, James Forbes, Edwina Hunter, Leontine Kelly, Donald English, Walter Brueggemann, Peter Gomes, Tex Sample, William Sloane Coffin, Peter Storey, Joseph Roberts, Ruth Duck, Philip Wogaman, Zan Holmes, Cecil Williams, William Willimon, Marjorie Suchocki, Thomas Troeger, John Kinney, Sharon Ringe and Dale Andrews.
Continuing education unit (CEU) credit is offered for those who attend the institute.
2015: Beyond Band-Aids: Building the Beloved Community in the Age of Ferguson. Led by Valerie Bridgeman, MTSO associate professor of homiletics and Hebrew Bible, and Jorge Lockward, director of global praise for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
2014 archive. Led by MTSO fully affiliated faculty member Mark Kelly Tyler and Timothy Eberhart, MTSO assistant professor of theology and ecology.
2013 archive. Led by Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, professor emerita at Claremont School of Theology.