CLL Explores and Reinvigorates Preaching the Lectionary

CLL Explores and Reinvigorates Preaching the Lectionary

The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary will offer Lectionary Studies: Lent/Easter B through Christmas C on January 20-23, 2015. Four morning seminars on worship and preaching the lectionary (RCL) will take a fresh look at the liturgical year. The schedule allows participants time for independent work to plan worship and teaching for the coming year.

“Courses about preaching and worship are always at the top of the request charts,” says Sarah Erickson, director of Lifelong Learning. “Many church leaders also schedule time to create outlines for upcoming seasons of the church year. This event is a blend of both.”

Seminar leaders are David Bartlett (Lent/Easter B); Brennan Breed, assistant professor of Old Testament (Ordinary Time B); Khalia J. Williams, seminary chapel coordinator, adjunct professor of Worship and Preaching and associate minister at Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA (Advent C); and Raj Nadella, assistant professor of New Testament (Christmas C).

Erica Durham, public services librarian at the John Bulow Campbell Library, will lead a workshop exploring contemporary (print and electronic) resources for worship and preaching. Michael Morgan, seminary musician, will lead a workshop exploring creative use of lectionary Psalms.

Reflecting on his own experience, David Bartlett, emeritus professor of New Testament and theologian in residence at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA and seminar leader, says, “I do not follow the lectionary slavishly but I follow it usually. It opens my mind to new texts…There is nothing magic about the lectionary, but after thirty five years of generally basing my preaching on lectionary texts I am here to testify that there is much that is helpful and a fair amount that is simply full of grace.”

Enrollment limited to 30 participants. Early registration is $185 through Nov. 1; after Nov. 1, $225. Housing is available on campus. Complete details and registration information is accessible at this link.

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” The Center for Lifelong Learning offers courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people. For a list of classes offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning, visit

For information, contact:
Sarah Erickson
Center for Lifelong Learning

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