Learn to Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday

January 15, 2018 - March 5, 2018
Berkeley CA

CALL 2018 Online Courses

CALL’s online courses are offered throughout the year and are designed so that you can participate at your own pace and at your own time.

Each course is 7 weeks, each week a separate lesson. Continuing Education Units are offered at the rate of 2 CEUs per course. Students from across The Episcopal Church and beyond join experienced online instructors in creating a classroom environment of respect and mutual learning.

  • Courses are open to anyone, lay or ordained, of any denomination or none.
  • Review our FAQ’s for more information about how online classes work.
  • All courses are subject to cancellation should the minimum registration limit not be met.
  • Contact the CALL office via email  with any questions.

Course fees:
$220 Standard Rate
$195 Partner Rate (Includes members of AED and students from our partner local formation dioceses. For the partner discount code, please contact your diocesan formation coordinator.)

For AED members, please contact the Rev. Dcn. Catherine Costas, Membership Director

[email protected]


Learn to Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday


Rooted in prayer and best practices, the tools you’ll receive in this class will re-invigorate your spirituality and bring you closer to being the preacher you hope to be.

In this class you will:

• receive expert guidance from your instructors
• discover new insights about the Scripture and your preaching
• learn preaching strategies you’ll be able to apply this week and every week
• experience your sermon prep as respite
• enjoy the camaraderie of colleagues during coaching sessions and on our private Facebook page
learn how to finish your sermon by Friday!

January 15 – March 5, 2018

Instructors: The Rev. Lisa Cressman and and the Rev. Cathie Caimano

Lisa Cressman is an Episcopal priest, preacher, and spiritual director, the Founder and Steward of Backstory Preaching®. (www.backstorypreaching.com). She is the author of Backstory Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft (Liturgical Press: Collegeville, 2018), and Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday, (www.backstorypreaching.com), a preaching instructor and speaker, and Assisting Priest at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Houston, Texas. Lisa is a trained spiritual director and Certified Daring Way® Facilitator, holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA., and a D.Min. in Practical Theology from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.

Cathie Caimano (‘Father Cathie’) is an Episcopal priest who has served parishes in New York City, Durham, NC, and Wichita, KS, as well as on the staff of Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry while he was Bishop of North Carolina. She has offered over 800 sermons and considers preaching to be central to her ministry. Today she is a Free Range Priest who explores 21st century ministry within and beyond the congregation, including at Backstory Preaching.