Byberg 2014 – Anna Carter Florence

Cannon Beach, Oregon

January 13-15, 2014

Preaching the Verbs

If you do a quick survey of any bible passage, you’ll find that what is true in life is also true in scripture: the verbs dominate.  Not adjectives; verbs.  It’s what we do and don’t do that preoccupies human beings.  And it’s the verbs we cannot imagine for ourselves (live, liberate, forgive, resurrect) that the church offers, and that we reach for, week after week.  So what happens when we read scripture and let the verbs lead?  In this conference, Anna puts a twist on dramatic theory and invites us to read the biblical “script” by focusing on the verbs that are given and chosen by the characters.

What new things will we see and hear in both our sacred text and our human drama when we connect the verbs?

How can that, in turn, change and renew our preaching?

 Our Speaker:  Dr. Anna Carter Florence

ACFDr. Florence is interested in historical, theological, aesthetic, and performative dimensions of preaching and the ways preaching engages other fields and different traditions. Her research focuses on testimony, feminist theology, the role of experience in preaching, and the history of preaching women.  She is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary and author of Preaching as Testimony.

Session One

Session Two

Session Three

Session Four