Festival Blog

2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers


Anna Carter Florence on Poetry & Preaching

"Poets are a preacher's closest cousins," began Anna Carter Florence at PRUMC this morning. "Who else believes that words can change the world?" 

She went on to describe several ways preaching can learn from poetry, including that poetry gives preachers new ways to talk about what we do and it gives us ways to think about what we bring along to preaching. It helps us to learn new, creative approaches to describe our preaching and to use in our preparation.

Florence also warned against the tendency

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Liturgist Profile: Chris Henry

Pastor, Shallowford Presbyterian Church

Chris Henry grew up in North Carolina and has lived in Atlanta since 2004. He began his ministry at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in January of 2011. Chris is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Theological Seminary. Upon graduation from seminary, Chris received five honors including the Wilds Book Prize, Columbia’s highest academic honor, and the Harvard A. Anderson Graduate Fellowship. Chris’ work has been published in the Christian

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Liturgist Profile: Jake Myers

Adjunct Preaching Instructor, Candler School of Theology and Columbia Theological Seminary

Jacob D. Myers is a recent Ph.D. graduate of Emory University. He works at the intersection of homiletical theory, poststructural thought and emerging Christianity. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Jake has served churches in Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. In addition to his doctoral work, Jake serves as an adjunct preaching

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Liturgist Profile: Linda Noonan

Senior Pastor, Chestnut Hill United Church

Linda Noonan has spent the last 25 years of ministry between South Africa and the United States. Ordained by the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, Linda currently has standing in the United Church of Christ and is Senior Pastor at Chestnut Hill United Church, a progressive UCC/United Methodist Congregation in Philadelphia. Her work in South Africa has included teaching, studying, and chaplaincy at the University of Durban-Westville, Federal

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Liturgist Profile: Lamont Anthony Wells

Director for Evangelical Mission/Assistant to the Bishop, Metropolitan New York Synod - ECLA

Born and raised in Philadelphia in the Baptist church, Pastor Lamont Anthony Wells attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and proceeded to stay in Georgia for over two decades. His work as a state grants administrator required him to collaborate with non-profit organizations and religious communities, and led him to meet a future mentor, the late ELCA Pastor Arthur Lewis. Though he was already ordained in

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