May 23 is the deadline to register for a unique summer continuing education program based on enhancing preaching, teaching and personal formation at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest (ETSS) in Austin, Texas
"Bread for the Journey -- Imaginative Literature for Preaching, Teaching and Formation" is a June 2-6 session designed for clergy, educators and lay leaders to examine novels, spiritual autobiographies, poems, films and other imaginative literature. It will be taught by Dr. Greg Garrett, author of an eclectic range of books, award-winning professor of English at Baylor University and writer-in-residence at ETSS.
"It promises to heighten our awareness of God, the church and ourselves and shows how we might use those understandings in the work to which we have been called," said Garrett, alumnus of the seminary.
"Stories and poems hold power for us for many reasons -- they can serve as dramatic illustrations for sermons, provide rich resources for teaching and counseling and can broaden and deepen our own humanity as we enter into and experience them," he said.
The week will include lecture, discussion, sample teaching and preaching sessions, and imaginative worship to introduce participants to new works and to demonstrate how imaginative literature might be useful in their pulpits and parish.
Tuition is $325 and an additional $150 for room and meals on the seminary campus. The Diocese of Texas will award 12 professional CEUs (continuing education units) for completion of this program. Persons from other dioceses should check to see if the same applies.
Further information and registration are available here.