Clergy Convocation 2018 — Thursday, October 25

Bridging the Gap: Bringing Preaching and Practice Together

Thursday, October 25, 9 am–Noon

Richmond has long been a crossroads bringing people in from all directions. But too often we have ended up apart rather than together.

The issues we face are multiple and persistent: disparate educational opportunities, inadequate public transportation, meager affordable housing, and growing pockets of poverty, which hit our minority populations hardest and threaten the fabric of our community.

We are a long way from the vision of shalom our faith imagines.

So, what are we to do as pastors?  How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?  How are we to preach in ways that inspire engagement in the world, even if we are not of it?

Join us to consider how we might bridge our preaching with a practice that “looks out for one another’s interests” after the example of Christ found in Philippians 2.  Our time together will include a brief overview of our cultural narrative by the Rev. Benjamin Campbell, Pastor Emeritus, Richmond Hill; small group discussion among colleagues; and inspirational preaching provided by:

  • Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ, Faith Community Baptist Church, Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology (VUU);
  • Bishop Susan Goff, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia;
  • Dr. Earl Bledsoe, (Retired Pastor), Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology (VUU); and
  • Rev. Corey Widmer, Third Church.

Dr. Corey Walker, Dean, STVU at Virginia Union will give the benediction and charge.

Join us Thursday, Oct 25th from 9am-Noon. There’s an open invitation to stay for community prayers and lunch. Please RSVP right here — or by calling Richmond Hill (804) 783-7903 – no later than Oct 22nd.


Scroll to top