Festival Blog

2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"



Twelve Days of Christmas

INativitymage Credit: Nativity by Stephen Downes on Flickr

"...And so the Church gives us, not one, but twelve days as a kind of “second chance” on Christmas. Twelve days, to see behind the sense of obligation underlying love that each gift given represents .Twelve days, to realize how much we are loved by God. Twelve days, to appreciate how little we deserve that love. Twelve days, to comprehend that we have done nothing to earn that love. Twelve days, to believe that God loves us unconditionally.

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Advent Week 4

Image Credit:   Advent Candle   by Randomsoleil on Flickr

"Dust if You Must"

A poem by Rose Milligan

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter, 
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need? 

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb, 
Music to hear and books to read, 
Friends to cherish and a life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's

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Advent Week 3

Image Credit:  Advent Candle  by Randomsoleil on Flickr

Silent Night, Holy Night... 

...Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace

As a child, I remember every year holding a lit candle in the darkness of the sanctuary, singing "Silent Night." There was something holy and mysterious about the experience that captivated me, and as I grew older, this congregational hymn was and is a strong connection with the sacred. 

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Advent Week 2

Image Credit: Advent Candle by Randomsoleil on Flickr

A week of the Advent season has gone by. If you're anything like me, you intended to take more time for prayer and contemplation but found yourself just as busy and thoughtless as usual. I wonder why it is so difficult sometimes to place our focus where it ought to go? Whatever your answer to that question may be, I invite you to take this present moment and let yourself meditate on the words that follow, leaning into a time to quiet

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Register Early to Receive a Discount!

The 2014 Festival of Homiletics -- "Preaching with Holy Imagination" -- will be held from May 19-23 in Minneapolis, MN. If you are able to register on or before February 15,2013, you will receive a discount on the price! The costs are as follows:

On or before February 15, 2014

  • $270 per person - single registrations
  • $255 per person for two or more registering together (Must be received and paid at the same time)
  • Full-time seminary student 50% discount of the single registration fee (Early Bird:

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