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This Fragile Earth: Preaching in a Time of Global Crisis

This Fragile Earth: Preaching in a Time of Global Crisis
Saturday, April 18, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
$50; register here

We are living in a time of unprecedented crisis. The current pandemic highlights how interconnected and vulnerable our human family is. And we are already living with the effects of climate change, habitat destruction, and loss of biodiversity. Christian preachers stand in a tradition that affirms creation as God-given and good and calls upon us humans to protect and steward this creation. How do we respond to the twin global crises now confronting us? How do we speak in the face of issues that are so overwhelming? This workshop will offer a space for preachers to explore these pressing questions.
The Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics. She joined the VTS faculty in 2003. Her areas of interest and research include Comparative Religion, Divine-human relationship in preaching, embodied preaching, Performing Arts, Linklater Vocal Training, Kierkegaard, Barth, Levinas, Irigaray, and Derrida. Dr. Hooke is an ordained Episcopal priest; prior to coming to VTS she served parishes in the Diocese of Connecticut.

Dr. Hooke is currently working on Real Presence: Preaching as an Embodied Event, which explores the meaning of the preacher’s bodily presence in preaching in dialogue with performance theory, recent Continental philosophy, and sacramental theology. She recently gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature entitled “Performance as a Bridge between Interpretation and Proclamation,” and was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Pennsylvania State Pastors’ Conference. She serves on the planning committee of the Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.
The Rev. Anne Turner is the Program Coordinator at Virginia Seminary for Deep Calls to Deep, a program to strengthen working preachers. In that role, she works with VTS faculty and leaders from around the church to bring priests, deacons, and lay people to the VTS campus to deepen their preaching vocation. In 2018, she joined the staff of St. Thomas, McLean, as Associate for Pastoral Care. She earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and was ordained to the priesthood in 2003.
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