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Clergy Conference 2020

This year’s clergy conference comes in the midst of momentous challenge and change within the church. Your colleagues and diocesan leadership have crafted a space for time to consider, reflect, and connect. This year’s clergy conference will feature the Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner in four themed plenary sessions with optional physical, mental, and spiritual well-being sessions led by East TN clergy leadership.

Lauren F. Winner writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her books include Girl Meets GodMudhouse Sabbath, a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia, A Cheerful and Comfortable FaithStill: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, and, most recently, a book on overlooked biblical tropes for God, Wearing God. She is completing a book called Characteristic Damage, which examines the effects of sin and damage on Christian practice.

Dr. Winner’s research has been supported by numerous institutions, including Monticello, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has served as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She has written for The New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington Post Book WorldPublishers WeeklyBooks and Culture, and Christianity Today, and her essays have been included in several volumes of The Best Christian Writing.

Dr. Winner, an Episcopal priest, is vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Louisburg, N.C.

Dr. Winner was also the homilist at Bishop Brian Cole’s episcopal ordination.


This year’s clergy conference will have four plenary sessions with the Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner as well as an optional book discussion on Geraldine Brooks’ Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague. Plenary sessions will include: Pandemic and Church History, Pandemic and Christian Theology, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Preaching, and Practicing Politics. Optional sessions will include lunch social hours, one-on-one colleague connection, movement and self-care, goodnight stories and song for clergy kids, yoga and prayers, pastoral care for clergy, and solo reflection and afternoon retreat. The schedule for the retreat is currently available. A Zoom link schedule will arrive in your inbox closer to the conference.

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