Deep Calls to Deep Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Cohort

Virginia Theological Seminary
Posted Jan 7, 2020

Deep Calls to Deep is a year-long program for mid-career clergy hosted by Virginia Theological Seminary. Preachers nourish their passion for preaching through voice and embodiment work and through deepening their connection with the Holy Spirit.

Peer groups of six working preachers gather initially for a week-long residency from June 7-12, 2020. Over the course of a year, they meet monthly to preach for each other and respond to each other’s preaching, then gather for a final residency in June 2021. The program also includes sabbath time and worship, individual coaching with a preaching guide, lectures and workshops, and a mid-year retreat.

The majority of this program is generously funded by a Lilly Endowment grant and supported by VTS. A preaching fellowship includes programming, meals, and housing. Accepted fellows are asked to contribute $500, as well as travel costs.

For more information and an application, please visit

Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those ordained who received residential theological education. Visit Virginia Seminary online at