Event Schedule

"Prophetic Preaching in Times of Change"

2016 Festival of Homiletics - Atlanta, GA

  • The Festival of Homiletics is a week-long conference that brings together top-notch preachers and professors of Homiletics to inspire a discourse about preaching, worship and culture.
  • Lectures and worship services are open only to paid participants to maintain adequate seating for all of our registered participants. Single day registration is available to accommodate spouses or visiting guests.
  • Due to contractual obligations we will not be recording Leonard Pitts Jr. or Walter Brueggemann's lecture. We apologize for any inconvenience, please plan accordingly.
  • Thank you to Interwoven Studios (courtesy of Zion UCC, Hubbard, MN) for the paraments and Fashions by Sarah for the banners on display all week at the Buckhead Theatre.
  • A big thank you to Craig Storlie, Prince of Peace Lawrenceville, GA and Elizabeth Furst, Peachtree Road UMC for helping to create a "sanctuary" at Buckhead Theatre.
Monday 05/16/2016
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
2:00PM - 8:00PM
Registration Check-In: Go Green with Thrivent Financial - Free Water Bottles!
6:30PM
Worship: "Asking Questions in the Temple" Luke 2:41-52Anna Carter Florence
7:20PM
Opening MusicDwight Andrews
7:30PM
Lecture: "With Apologies to the Least of These..." (Not Recording)Leonard Pitts
Tuesday 05/17/2016
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
7:30AM
Yogadevotions: Chair Yoga, “Seated in the Presence” Room C102Yogadevotion - Cindy Senarighi
8:45AM
Worship: “Advantage McEnroe!” Isaiah 45:1, 9-13; Acts 10:34-43Walter Brueggemann,
Dr. Tony McNeill
9:35AM
Lecture: "Time to Change"Anna Carter Florence
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks provided by Kairos and Associates
11:00AM
Lecture: “Choosing Against Our Chosenness.” (Not Recording)Walter Brueggemann
12:00PM
Lunch Break - Prepaid Box Lunches available at Peachtree Road UMC
Yogadevotions: Yin Yoga Room C102Yogadevotion - Cindy Senarighi
1:30PM
Worship: "Can These Bones Live?" Ezekiel 37:1-14Rolf Jacobson,
Scott Simmons,
The Fleshpots of Egypt
2:30PM
Lecture:"Microphones of Christ: Lessons from the Pulpit of Oscar Romero."Edgardo Colón-Emeric
Workshop:Fostering a Safe Place for Courageous ConversationsJennifer Ackerman
4:00PM
Yogadevotions: Yang Yoga Room C102Yogadevotion - Cindy Senarighi
7:00PM
Worship with music by the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Celebration Mass ChoirRev. Raphael G. Warnock, Ph.D,
Dr. Tony McNeill
8:00PM
Hymntap: Beer & Hymns with the Fleshpots of Egypt at the Buckhead Saloon at 3227 Roswell Road NEThe Fleshpots of Egypt
Buckhead Theater
8:45AM
Worship: “The Revolutionary Now” Luke 21:25-36Julie Pennington Russell,
Sharyn Dowd
9:35AM
Workshop (Not Recording)Leonard Pitts
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks provided by Kairos and Associates
11:00AM
Worship:"Prophet, Priest, Pastor, and Poet: Resisting the Idolatry of Our Ideals" 1 Corinthians: 12:1-11, 27-31, 13:4-7Bruce Reyes-Chow,
Rolf Jacobson,
The Fleshpots of Egypt
12:00PM
Lunch Break - Prepaid Box Lunches available at Peachtree Road UMC
1:30PM
Worship: “But This I Have Against You” Revelation 3;14-22Anthony Bailey,
Rev. Takouhi Demirdjian-Petro
2:30PM
Lecture: "The Desire, Discipline, and Disruption of Conversational Preaching" John 20:19-29Bruce Reyes-Chow
Wednesday 05/18/2016
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
7:30AM
Yogadevotions: Chair Yoga, “Seated in the Presence” Room C102Yogadevotion - Cindy Senarighi
8:45AM
Worship: “He Went His Own Way”  Luke 4:16-30Will Willimon,
Kevin Strickland
9:35AM
Lecture: "Murder in the Pulpit"Heidi Neumark
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided by American Baptist Home Mission Societies, Judson Press
11:00AM
Worship: "Who Are Your People?" Romans 5:5-11, Matthew 1:1-17Fr. Michael Renninger,
Dwight Andrews
12:00PM
Lunch Break - Prepaid Box Lunches available at Peachtree Road UMC
Yogadevotions: Yin Yoga Room C102Yogadevotion - Cindy Senarighi
1:30PM
Worship: "Mark My Words" 1 Kings 22:1-28Heidi Neumark,
Lamont Anthony Wells
2:30PM
Workshop: “In Good Company: Writing Partnerships for Preaching"Timothy Ross,
Jennifer Morrow
Lecture: “Beat, Bars, Riffs, Hooks and an Amen: Daring to be a Homiletical DJ in a Post Christian World”Otis Moss III
4:00PM
Yogadevotions: Yang Yoga Room C102Yogadevotion - Cindy Senarighi
Focus Group: "Searching for the Called" Hospitality Suite - PRUMC
7:00PM
"An Evening With Charlotte Blake Alston: Stories and Songs"Charlotte Blake Alston
Buckhead Theater
8:45AM
Worship: “Finders Weepers, Losers Keepers” Matthew 8:31-38Alyce McKenzie,
Rolf Jacobson,
The Fleshpots of Egypt
9:35AM
Lecture:"Metaphors for (Prophetic) Preaching"Cláudio Carvalhaes
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided by American Baptist Home Mission Societies, Judson Press
11:00AM
Lecture:"The Preacher as Subversive Sage: Strategies for Wise Preaching in Foolish Times"Alyce McKenzie
12:00PM
Lunch Break - Prepaid Box Lunches available at Peachtree Road UMC
1:30PM
Worship: "There's Much More to Life Than This" I Corinthians 13Cláudio Carvalhaes,
Linda Noonan
2:30PM
Lecture: "Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land"Teresa Fry Brown
Thursday 05/19/2016
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
7:30AM
Yogadevotions: Chair Yoga, “Seated in the Presence” Room C102Yogadevotion - Cindy Senarighi
8:45AM
Worship: “Sticks and Stone” Genesis 32: 22-32David Lose,
Linda Noonan
9:35AM
Lecture: "Five Keys to Empowered Preaching"Karoline Lewis
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided
11:00AM
Lecture: “Preaching Our People into the Story: Exploring the Narrative Lectionary”David Lose
12:00PM
Lunch Break - Prepaid Box Lunches available at Peachtree Road UMC
Yogadevotions: Yin Yoga Room C102Yogadevotion - Cindy Senarighi
1:30PM
WorshipYvette Flunder,
Dr. Tony McNeill
2:30PM — Workshop
Workshop: The Protestant Hour & Day1: A Tour through the History of Great Preaching on the RadioPeter Wallace
Lecture: "Of Whom I Am the Foremost': Self-Implication and Prophetic Preaching in the Small Church."Lauren Winner
4:00PM
Yogadevotions: Yang Yoga Room C102Yogadevotion - Cindy Senarighi
Focus Group: "Searching for the Called" Hospitality Suite - PRUMC
7:30PM
ConcertJohn McCutcheon
Buckhead Theater
8:45AM
Worship: "My Big Fat Carbon Footprint: Consumption and Climate Change", Matthew 13.31, Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron HansenNora Gallagher,
Rolf Jacobson,
The Fleshpots of Egypt
9:35AM
Lecture:"Storied Worlds: Facing a Flawed Legacy"Joy J. Moore
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided
11:00AM
Worship: “Preaching the Lectionary the Sunday before Election Day” Luke 20:27-38Rev. Grace Imathiu,
Cláudio Carvalhaes
12:00PM
Lunch Break - Prepaid Box Lunches available at Peachtree Road UMC
1:30PM
Worship: "Contentious Conversations" Isaiah 6: 1-13Joy J. Moore,
Jake Myers
2:30PM
Lecture: “What is the Kingdom of God: How We Might Talk and Preach about Climate Change”Nora Gallagher
Friday 05/20/2016
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
8:45AM
WorshipLauren Winner,
Chris Henry
9:35AM
LectureYvette Flunder
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided
11:00AM
Worship with Holy Communion: "History and Hope", Romans 8:18-25, Mark 1: 14-15Joanna Adams,
Chris Henry