Clergy Gathering Set for February 28

Are you feeling a bit depleted and could use time apart to find new energy and hope? When is the last time you stopped to think about the meaning of the lyrics in hymns and worship music? How many times do you sing the songs from memory but not from the heart?

Mark your calendar for February 28 from 10 a.m. to noon for “Unrevealed until its Season,” a two-hour, virtual gathering of colleagues and friends. The webinar will be led by Rev. Dr. James Howell.

James took to reading slowly and pondering the words of our hymns, and found much wonder and hope, and even some energy and beauty during these wearying, discouraging days. He’ll share and converse with us who lead churches about all this and how song might bind us more closely to one another and to God during this challenging season of ministry.

James, seminary classmate of Bishop Palmer, has been one of the pastors of Myers Park UMC since 2003. A native of Columbia, SC, he studied chemistry and physics at the University of South Carolina before going to Divinity School at Duke, where he also earned a Ph.D. in Old Testament. He is the author of seventeen books. His newest book, Unrevealed Until Its Season, explores the surprising and beautiful wisdom and encouragement in hymn lyrics we often sing past without reflecting on them. He’s married to Lisa, a photographer and community activist, and they have three children, Sarah (an elder in Western NC), Grace and Noah.

Registration is required and ends at 5:00 pm on Monday, February 21. To register click here.