Deep Calls to Deep, a VTS-sponsored, Lilly endowment funded program to promote excellence in preaching among working preachers, is now in its fourth year of operation. The program aims to nurture preachers wholistically, nourishing mind, body and spirit for the challenging and life-giving work of preaching. The program is oriented around four themes: cultivating the preaching imagination, developing a spirituality of preaching, engaging body and voice for authentic proclamation, and forming a community of preachers. The program begins with a five-day Residency in June, focused on those four themes, and including time for Sabbath rest, worship, and fellowship. During the year following, participants meet in small peer groups to preach and to give each other feedback on their preaching. The program concludes with a second Residency a year later. The program is open to preachers all over the country; this year, our fellows are from Massachusetts, Arizona, and Virginia.
I am delighted to announce that the Rev. Anne Turner, who has served as interim Program Coordinator since March, will be staying on as Program Coordinator. Anne was previously Associate Rector at St. Mary’s, Arlington, and at Grace Church, Amherst, Massachusetts. She also worked in education at the Folger Library in Washington, DC. She is a former preaching fellow in Deep Calls to Deep, and a past winner of VTS’s John Hines Preaching Award. Welcome, Anne!
The Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics