March 14 and 15

Schooler Institute on Preaching

“Come Back When You’ve Found Something True: New Ways to Encounter Scripture,” led by Anna Carter Florence

The 2017 Schooler Institute will be led by Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. In lectures and conversations, she will invite Schooler Institute participants to consider the world of theater as a model for how we read scripture together. 

A sought-after preacher, teacher and lecturer in this country and abroad, Dr. Florence is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She holds a bachelor's degree from Yale College, and a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. 

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 Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann, and Come Back When You’ve Found Something True: New Ways to Encounter Scripture, based on her 2012 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School. Her current project is “A” Is for Alabaster: A Preacher’s Alphabet.


Tuesday, March 14

9:30 a.m. Welcome, registration and coffee
10 a.m. Lecture 1: “Rehearsing the Scripture: New Metaphors for Communities that Read Together”
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Lecture 2: “Reading the Verbs: New Methods to Find the Script in the Scripture”
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Chapel 
with sermon by Dr. Florence
2 p.m. Workshop: "Reading a Text Verbs-First"
3 p.m. Dismissal


Wednesday, March 15

9:30 a.m. Welcome and coffee
10 a.m. Lecture 3: “Ten Things to Try in Rehearsal”
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Workshop: “Six Questions to Move Us Toward Speech”
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Closing chapel with sermon by Dr. Florence
2 p.m. Dismissal


The Schooler Institute will be held on the MTSO campus in Delaware. MTSO is located on U.S. Route 23, exactly 10 miles north of I-270, the Columbus outerbelt. Here’s a Google map. And here’s a campus map and photo tour


Lectures and chapel services from the Schooler Institute on Preaching are being Livestreamed and archived. Visit MTSO's Livestream page to watch online.