ALCOA, Tenn. (Feb. 15, 2016) – Two big changes have been announced for the 300-plus preachers expected to attend next week’s “Convocation” and “Clergy Gathering” in Sevier County.
Dr. Karyn Wiseman has been scheduled as the new plenary and worship speaker for the Feb. 22-25 Convocation. The previously announced speaker, Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, canceled her appearance at Music Road Convention Center.
Also, the Feb. 23 “Clergy Gathering” segment of the meeting has been relocated four miles north from Music Road to “The Gathering,” a Sevierville facility recently leased by Holston Conference.
Wiseman, the new speaker, is associate professor of homiletics and director of United Methodist studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She is author of the book, “I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging 21st Century Listeners.”
This year’s Convocation theme is “Fresh Water for the Thirsty: Preaching in a Time of Change." Registration for the entire Convocation begins at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Music Road Convention Center lobby at 303 Henderson Chapel Road, Pigeon Forge. The first workshop session begins at 3:45 p.m. Monday.
Clergy Gathering begins at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, at 1250 Middle Creek Road in Sevierville. Registration for commuters attending Clergy Gathering only begins at 1 p.m.
Online registration for Convocation will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 17. After that, participants must register at the door. Cost is $125.
Hotel accommodations are available at Music Road (call 855-875-9100) or at nearby MainStay Suites (call 865-428-8350). For both, the cost is $78 per night and includes breakfast.
Continuing education units (2.0) are offered for full participation in Convocation.
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