Schooler Institute on Preaching

Wil Gafney leads 2018 Schooler Monday, Feb. 5, and Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Wil Gafney, associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, will lead the 2018 Schooler Institute on Preaching Feb. 5 and 6. In addition to offering lectures, she will preach at closing chapel.

An Episcopal priest and former Army chaplain, Gafney is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne and a Wisdom Commentary, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. She also is co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible.

Her sermons have been published in the books Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection and The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama.

Gafney will be speaking on womanist biblical hermeneutics, translation and interpretation, featuring excerpts from Womanist Midrash.

Valerie Bridgeman, MTSO's interim academic dean and associate professor of homiletics and Hebrew Bible, will lead a workshop and preach at opening chapel. She also will participate in a panel discussion with MTSO Assistant Professor of Theology, Ecology and Race Elaine Nogueira-Godsey and MTSO Coordinator of Partnerships and Black Church and African Diaspora Specialization Tejai Beulah.

MTSO student Brooke Hayes shares her experience working with Wil Gafney


Monday, Feb. 5

9:30 a.m. Welcome, registration and coffee
10 a.m. Opening chapel, led by Valerie Bridgeman
11 a.m. Lecture by Wil Gafney
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Workshop, led by Valerie Bridgeman
3 p.m. Dismissal


Tuesday, Feb. 6

9:30 a.m. Welcome and coffee
10 a.m. Lecture by Wil Gafney
11 a.m. Panel discussion with Tejai Beulah,
Valerie Bridgeman and Elaine Nogueira-Godsey
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Closing chapel, led by Wil Gafney
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. 

Registration and CEUs

Thanks to the generosity of the Schooler Family Foundation, the Schooler Insititute is offered to the public without cost, as is lunch both days. Advance registration is required and available below.

One continuing education unit is available for a $25 processing fee. A link to the CEU request and payment form will appear on the registration confirmation page.