Five scholars who are nationally prominent in various areas of religion will conduct programs this summer at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.
The list of guest instructors will be headed by the Rev. Walter J. Burghardt, a Jesuit priest who is one of America's foremost Catholic theologians and an expert in homiletics, the art of preparing and delivering sermons. He will lead a retreat/workshop on "Preaching the Just Word" July 23-28.
Others scheduled to teach week-long summer courses are:
Evelyn E. and James D. Whitehead, a husband-wife team who are longtime faculty members at the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University, Chicago. They will teach a course on "Leadership and Ministry in an Adult Church" June 5-9.
Pheme Perkins, a professor of New Testament theology at Boston College, will present a course on "Jesus as Teacher" July 10-14.
The Rev. Richard Fragomeni, a professor of liturgy at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will teach "Insights Toward Liturgical Spirituality" Aug. 7-11.
The Rev. Alfons M. Osiander, academic dean at Christ the King Seminary, said the courses are open to lay people of all faiths as well as priests, ministers and religious. They are available for graduate or continuing education credit or for personal enrichment.
"These are the people who write the books seminarians and other students read. These are people who have been able to implement their theological ideas," said the Rev. Patrick Zengierski, assistant to the dean, who is responsible for the summer program.
The courses, at $200 each, will offered from 9 a.m. to noon daily. A late fee of $25 will be charged for enrolling after May 19. Registration forms and a brochure are available through the seminary.
During each course, a symposium, open to participants and the public, will be offered from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for a $25 early registration fee or $35 at the door.
Father Burghardt, 80, has been teaching theology for 50 years, first at the former Jesuit School of Theology at Woodstock, Md., and later at Catholic University of America and Georgetown University. One of his recent books is "Preaching: The Art and the Craft."
The Whiteheads are consultants on education and ministry for dioceses and religious congregations through Whitehead Associates. They are co-authors of books such as "Community of Faith: Crafting Christian Communities Today."
Ms. Perkins is the author of 15 books about the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament plus 60 articles in scholarly and popular journals. A recent book is "Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church."
Father Fragomeni, who is from the Albany Diocese, has conducted numerous liturgy and music workshops and has guided the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the United States, Canada, Scotland and England.