$35 – $50

Sermon Writing for Lay Preachers

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Unitarian Society of Hartford

50 Bloomfield Avenue

Hartford, CT 06105

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For lay leaders and religious educators. Ideally, three or more lay and professional leaders will attend together as a team.

PRESENTER: Rev. Sue Phillips,
New England Region UUA

Lay leaders and religious educators frequently find ourselves in the pulpit, and while many have become experienced preachers few of us have had the benefit of focused training in sermon-writing and preaching. Here’s your chance.

Our liberal tradition honors the "prophethood of all believers." Sermons have been used for centuries to teach, implore, convince, praise and prophecy. Preaching is one of the only oral traditions that remain in our culture; it is a gift and a responsibility.

If you suspect there might be a sermon inside you, and if you would like a chance to nurture and focus that voice within, join us for this hands-on sermon-writing workshop. We will reflect on what makes good sermons good, and talk about how to transform kernels of spiritual wisdom into a worshipful sermon. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • reflect on the structure and content of meaningful, memorable sermons;

  • learn how to translate an idea into a powerful sermon; and

  • consider presentations and speaking tips that add vitality to any sermon.

LOCATION: Unitarian Society of Hartford, CT (Directions)

REGISTRATION FEE:

  • $50 per person up to the first three from the same congregation
  • $35 per person after the first three from the same congregation

TEAM DISCOUNT: Teams receive $15 off the registration fee for the fourth and up team members. Learning takes root more effectively when four or more people from the same congregation attend.

MINISTRY STUDENTS: $35 per student

While we know that not all individuals are in a position to pay these fees, since the learning is on behalf of the congregation, we assume that congregations will select and financially support participants who come. However, if these fees are prohibitive even to the congregation, please contact us. We do not want cost to keep anyone away.

NOTE TO ALL ATTENDEES: Please bring your own bag lunch. Morning refreshments, drinks and afternoon snacks will be provided.

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Monday, May 15th, or maximum capacity.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS:

  • If you or a teammate needs to cancel a registration before the event, please contact us as early as possible, by one week before the event at the latest, and a refund will be provided less a $10.00 administrative fee. Within one week of the event refunds less a $10.00 administrative fee will only be given in the case of illness or emergency. Refunds will not be available after the event for non attendance. We ask for your understanding in respecting this policy, which supports our organizational efforts and expenses.
  • The New England Region UUA may need to cancel an event in the case of low enrollment. We will contact you well in advance of the event and provide prompt, full refund of registration fees.
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