|Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie speaks to clergy gathered at the annual Retreat for Clergy Families, held at the Double Tree Resort in Willow Valley. Photos by Sandii Peiffer|
By Jerry Wolgemuth
"Share the story; shape the world” was the first directive from Rev. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie for the annual Retreat for Clergy Families. Dr. McKenzie, a native of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, is George S. and Nell Ayers Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship at Perkins School of Theology.
In the two-day event, Dr. McKenzie presented five engaging subjects for those in attendance at the retreat: Share the Story, Shape the World; Knack for Noticing: How to Pay Attention; Sermon Surgery; Making a Scene in the Pulpit; and What Not to Say.
Dr. McKenzie is the Director of the newly formed Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence. The center sponsors peer groups of pastors focused on enhancing their preaching.
The retreat promised a time of renewal and refreshment in spirit and community, transforming worship, an occasion to meet other clergy and their families, time to explore Lancaster County, and what has become a tradition: Karaoke with Bishop Park and Lisa.