The Preaching Excellence Program (PEP) has already had a significant impact on the Episcopal Church. It is a program focused on improving the quality of preaching; preaching still very much matters. It is a fabulous opportunity to join groups of students from the other seminaries. It is a space for intensive preaching. One both learns to listen and learns to deliver. It is an extraordinary gift, which is heavily subsidized by the Program.
I am pleased to announce that our participants for the program this year are as follows: Brit Bjurstrom Frazier, John Lein, Crystal Hardin, Daniel Johnson, Melesa Skoglund, and Andrew Rutledge. Congratulations and thank you for representing VTS at this prestigious conference.
Preaching a cosmically significant moment. Grounded in the context of the liturgy, addressing the congregation just after they have heard the Gospel, the preacher aspires to proclaim the Word needed at that moment. We have an obligation to take the moment deeply seriously. I am delighted that PEP provides this vitally important service to our Church.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President