Festival Blog

2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers


Liturgist Profile: Kevin Strickland

Assistant to the Presiding Bishop/Executive for Worship of the ELCA

The Reverend Kevin L. Strickland was born and raised in Lexington, SC and is an honors graduate of Newberry College (Newberry, SC) with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in History. He also obtained a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, SC).

Pastor Strickland served as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran, Maryville, TN prior and has served at Incarnation Lutheran (Columbia,

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Liturgist Profile: Rev. Takouhi Demirdjian-Petro

Senior Minister, Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge

Rev. Takouhi Demirdjian-Petro was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon in an Armenian Family. Her father, born in Bursa, was an infant survivor of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Her mother was born in Beirut, Lebanon into an Armenian family who had escaped the Genocide from Marash. Both towns are located in present-day Turkey. Rev. Takouhi [pronounced Ta-Koo-Hee] made her way out of Beirut through the mountainous roads of Lebanon into Syria. Through

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Liturgist Profile: Sharyn Dowd

Retired Baptist pastor and former teacher of New Testament studies at Lexington Theological Seminary and Baylor University.

Sharyn earned the B.A from Wake Forest University, the M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the PhD. in New Testament from Emory University. She has taught at Wake Forest, Lexington Theological Seminary, and Baylor University. Rev. Dr. Sharyn Dowd also briefly served as an adjunct professor in Spiritual Formation at McAfee.  Her hobbies are church

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Liturgist Profile: Scott Simmons

Mission Developer of Lydia's Place, St. Paul, MN and Assistant Pastor at St. James Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN

Lydia's Place is a new ELCA ministry grounded in Word and Sacrament and a collaborative co-working space grounded in gift and community. It's mission developer is Pastor Scott Simmons. The church doesn't have a mission... God's mission has a church. And Lydia's Place is here to participate in the ongoing creative and redemptive work God is already doing.

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Liturgist Profile: Dwight Andrews

Composer, Musician, Educator and Minister

Dwight Andrews, composer, musician, educator, and minister, joined the Emory College faculty in 1987. A native of Detroit, Dr. Andrews is an Associate Professor of Music Theory and African American Music at Emory University and Senior Minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Atlanta. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music from the University of Michigan. He continued his studies at Yale University, receiving a Master

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