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Spring Clergy Retreat 2024

April 29 - May 1

Preaching and Teaching the Gospel in a Season of Anxiety

Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel and Professor of Homiletics and African and African American Studies.

About The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery

The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. A national leader in the theological study of the art of preaching (homiletics), Powery regularly delivers sermons at Duke Chapel as well as at churches throughout the United States and abroad. He is often a keynote speaker and lecturer at educational institutions, conferences, symposia, and retreats.

His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written three books: Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching; Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope; and his latest book Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals. He has also co-authored an introductory textbook on preaching, Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place. The second book in the series of meditations on the Spirituals, this time for the season of Lent, Were You There? Lenten Reflections on the Spiritual, will be available in January 2019. He is also a general editor of a forthcoming nine volume lectionary commentary series for preaching and worship titled, Connections.

Powery was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada and the United States. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, for which he has served as Secretary; the American Academy of Religion; and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. Powery served as a member of the executive lectionary team for The African-American Lectionary and is the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships and awards. In 2008, the African-American Pulpit named him one of 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping shape the future direction of the church. More recently, in 2014, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for his ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society.

Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his BA in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his ThD from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.

He is married to Gail Powery, and the couple has two children.

View the Retreat Agenda.

The deadline for registration is Friday, April 19. This conference is an appropriate use of discretionary funds, and diocesan scholarship assistance is available. Information on fees and registration is available here. To increase scholarship availability, I invite those who have the means to contribute to scholarships for others to send their gifts to the Diocese of Virginia in care of my office, with a note on the check, “Spring Clergy Retreat scholarship gift.” If you have questions, contact Nerissa Crockett via e-mail at ncrockett@episcopalvirginia.org or at 800-DIOCESE.

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April 29
May 1
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