The Wisconsin Council of Churches is sponsoring the Washington Island Forum Reading the Verbs: Finding the Script in the Scripture from June 25 – 29, 2018. The Washington Island Forum is especially tailored to lay leaders and pastors who want to deepen their spirituality and connect with the message of the scriptures in a more profound way.

If you do a quick survey of any bible passage, you’ll find that what is true in life is also true in scripture: the verbs dominate. Not adjectives; verbs. It’s what we do and don’t do that preoccupies human beings. And it’s the verbs that we cannot imagine for ourselves (live, liberate, forgive, resurrect) that the church offers, and that we reach for, week after week. So what happens when we read scripture and let the verbs lead? Through four comprehensive lectures, Anna will put a twist on dramatic theory and invite us to read the biblical “script” by focusing on the verbs that are given and chosen by the characters, based on her upcoming book “Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community.” What new things will we see and hear in both our sacred text, and our human drama when we connect the verbs? How can that, in turn, change and renew our reading and speaking about scripture? Learn more and register here.

Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and holds degrees from Yale College and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.). Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Anna served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Watch a video on YouTube of Dr. Anna Carter Florence at the 2017 annual Marten Lecture in Preaching at the University of Notre Dame.

The Forum features four and a half days of worship, workshops, discussion, and contemplation in an ecumenical retreat setting on Washington Island.

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