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. 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 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.

At the Schooler Institute, Gafney will speak on womanist biblical translation and interpretation, with insights from Womanist Midrash and her Wisdom Commentary, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah.



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.