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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers


Speaker Profile: David Lose

“...while optimism assumes things will soon get better, hope testifies that whether things get better or worse yet ultimately God’s good will for us and all creation will prevail. And rooted in that promise, we can take action today, standing with the good, opposing evil, and doing what we can, not because we expect or need to save the world, but rather because we believe that since God will save the world we are free to throw ourselves into taking care of the little corner of the world

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Speaker Profile: Bishop Yvette Flunder

"In my sermons I attempt to carry a message that counters the teaching of those who support a theology that calls anyone unclean or claims to have exclusive 'truth.'" -Bishop Yvette Flunder, "Where the Edge Gathers"

Bio

Bishop Yvette FlunderBishop 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 that celebrates the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ. Preaching a message of action, the church has

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Speaker Profile: Peter Rollins

“That which we cannot speak of is the one thing about whom and to whom we must never stop speaking.”  -Peter Rollins, "How (Not) to Speak of God"

Bio

Peter Rollins is a widely sought after writer, lecturer, storyteller, and public speaker. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the founder of Ikon, a Belfast, faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theater, ritual, and reflection. He currently resides

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Speaker Profile: Anna Carter Florence

“Too much restraint leads to preachers so fearful that they never speak up, even when they want to and believe they should. Testimony, meanwhile, calls to the deep-seated human longing to be real, for once; to say what we believe and to be honest about what we see and where we are, without fearing what may happen.”
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Anna Carter Florence, "Preaching as Testimony"

Bio

Anna Carter FlorenceAnna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur,

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Speaker Profile: Mike Slaughter

"Mercy is the driving force behind the call to social justice—efforts to bring freedom and renewal to the oppressed and broken. Social justice is not just about giving relief; it’s also about empowering the individual and entire communities. Often when we talk about social justice, we only focus on changing structures. But, if we only redesign the structures without empowering individuals within their communities, we fail to bring about systemic change." - Mike Slaughter, "Good News

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