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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Great Men Coming to the Festival!

We have a fantastic line-up scheduled for the 2013 Festival of Homiletics and it includes some of the most influential scholars, speakers and religious leaders of the last several decades.

We have the venerable Walter Brueggemann coming to share his thoughts and wisdom in an evening dialogue with Anna Carter Florence. Church leaders including  Bishop Mark Hanson, Bishop Michael Curry and retired Bishop Will Willimon will lend their voices to our week of worship as well.

 

Leading figures

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Stellar Line-up of Award Winning Musicians to Play at the 21st Festival of Homiletics in Nashville

Psalm 95:1

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”

This festival is sure to be a musical celebration with all of the incredible talent joining us in Nashville this year. We start the week strong with an opening concert featuring native singer/songwriters Ashley Cleveland and Beth Nielsen Chapman. Cleveland is a Grammy winning artist who fuses gospel, blues and rock to create a sound that is uniquely her own. Beth Nielsen Chapman,

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Reflections on This Week's Psalm: Psalm 23

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days

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Storyteller Michael Williams Bringing His Craft to Nashville!

“Though oral tradition is a very ancient art, it always happens in the here and now. Even though you may be telling a story that is 2000 years old or singing a song that is even older, your group is hearing it right now. A story "happens" in the imaginations of your hearers while you are telling it. Your words call the images forth in their minds, and they create their own mental movie from those pictures.” – Michael E. Williams

Rev. Michael Williams, Senior Pastor; West End UMC

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Our third venue is the beautiful historic cathedral Christ Church of Nashville!

“Almighty God, you made us in your image and call us to share in the renewal of this world: Inspire us to seek and serve Christ in all persons, that the proclamation of your Good News in our worship, in our words, and in our work may lead us into the fullness of your love; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.” – Christ Church Cathedral Parish Mission Prayer

Organized in 1829 Christ church was Nashville’s first Episcopal

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