Each summer, the Collegeville Institute opens its doors to pastors, ministers, lay leaders, and other thinkers and writers for week-long, intensive workshops geared toward various levels of writing skill, genre and interest.
Each fall, the Collegeville Institute partners with other institutes, seminaries, or churches to coordinate off-site workshops.
Participants, taught and guided by such prolific writers as Kathleen Norris, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Lauren Winner, Elizabeth Drescher, and Lillian Daniel, come together to write, learn, and discover anew (or perhaps for the first time) the call to be writers for the life of faith.
“It’s not enough to preach. It’s not enough to pray. It’s not enough to update the church’s Facebook page. As clergy, we must be willing to write, to pen theology in a way that stirs the divine imagination. We must make theological thought available to the masses, otherwise, people will begin to think that the pulp “religion” shelf at their local Wal-Mart is all God and God’s people have to say these days.”
–participant in “Words that Sing,” August 2011