K.J. Campbell Preaching Workshop: Friday, November 3, 2018

How might we approach the biblical texts used in preaching and worship with a holy, open, even playful imagination that can inspire courageous, engaged and faithful living in a North American religious climate in which the Bible has often been weaponized, idolized, or even abandoned? One approach is with a midrashic biblical imagination, which has its roots within the Bible itself, and among its earliest Jewish rabbinic interpreters.

The workshop will lead participants into a Midrashic process, using the upcoming Revised Common Lectionary texts, chosen for their curious complexity, and timeliness. Participants can expect to gain hands-on experience with a midrashic-exegetical approach to the preaching text, as well as learn tools for engaging congregations with this approach in both lectionary bible study and public worship.

About the Instructor: Elisabeth Jones recently completed a D.Min. in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN with a thesis “(Re)Discovering a Midrashic Biblical Imagination for the Christian Community.” She is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, having taught at Vancouver School of Theology and at United Theological College/Le Séminaire Uni, where she was Director of Studies. She is currently enjoying serving as Lead Minister at Cedar Park United in Pointe Claire, Quebec. You can find some of her Midrashic writing on her congregational blog “BeyondWoodandStone.”

Cost: $150 | $220 (includes lunch)