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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers


Speaker Profile: Diana Butler Bass

Bio

Diana Butler Bass received her Ph.D. from Duke University. She has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and Virginia Theological Seminary. She is the author of eight books, including most recently Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.

Her groundbreaking study of mainline vitality, Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith

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Speaker Profile: Mary Hess

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Mary E. Hess is Professor of Educational Leadership, and Chair of the Leadership Division at Luther Seminary, where she has taught since 2000.  She has a BA from Yale, an MTS from Harvard and a PHD from Boston College. She directed the Religious Education and Challenge of Media Culture Project prior to coming to Luther, and currently develops the Storyingfaith.org site. Her most recent books include Teaching Reflectively in Theological Contexts: Promises and Contradictions, and Engaging

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Speaker Profile: Rabbi Ben Romer

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Rabbi Ben Romer became the Spiritual Advisor for Bonay Kodesh, an Emerging Jewish Community in the Greater Richmond, VA area in June 2014. Previously Rabbi Romer was the Rabbi and Spiritual Leader at Congregations in Richmond, VA, Wilmington, NC, Spartanburg, SC, West Lafayette, IN and Hollywood, FL.  The only rabbi to deploy for Operation Just Cause in Panama and the first rabbi into Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, During his 22 years as an Army Chaplain

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Speaker Profile: Yvette Flunder

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Yvette Flunder founded the City of Refuge UCC in 1991 in order to unite a gospel ministry with a social ministry. City of Refuge is a thriving inner-city congregation in San Francisco that celebrates the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ. Flunder is a third-generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. She was ordained by Bishop Walter Hawkins of Love Center Ministries, where she served as associate pastor and administrator for the Oakland-based Love Center Church. Flunder

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Speaker Profile: Luke Powery

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Prior to his appointment at Duke, the Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture,

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