Festival Blog

2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers


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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Liturgist Profile: Dr. Tony McNeil

Director of Worship and The Arts at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

Leading Worship: Tuesday, May 17 at 8:45am with Walter Breuggeman; and Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00pm with Pastor, Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock; Thursday at 1:30pm with Bishop Yvette Flunder

Dr. Tony McNeill has been serving as the Director of Worship and The Arts at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (America's "Freedom Church") for three years. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Dr. McNeill was a Visiting Lecturer in Choral Music at his alma

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Musician Profile: Charlotte Blake Alston

Bio

Master Storyteller, Narrator and Librettist

Charlotte Blake Alston performs in venues throughout North America and abroad. Venues are wide and include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Kimmel Center, the Women of the World Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, prisons, detention centers and a refugee camp in northern Senegal.

She breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions.

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Musician Profile: John McCutcheon

Bio

American Folksinger

John McCutcheon’s first award-winning song was titled The Ponderosa No-Cream-in-My-Coffee Blues, penned at the greasy spoon of the same name in his Wisconsin hometown. He was all of 15 years old and it won him his high school talent show. “My best friend claims that he still has a cassette of the song,” McCutcheon recently disclosed, “and if we ever have a serious falling out it’s going right up on YouTube.”

Since those early creative

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