Event Schedule

26th Festival of Homiletics - 2018 Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

  • 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.
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  • Interactive 2017 Program
Monday 05/15/2017
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center - Lila Cockrell Theatre
5:15PM
Performance: Cultural MusicAlma de Jalisco - Mariachi
5:30PM
Tips for First TimersDawn Alitz
6:20PM
WelcomeDawn Alitz,
David Howell
6:30PM
Worship with Holy Communion:Sermon - “Getting Our Sibilant Right; the Evangelical Shibboleth", Judges 12:1-6, I Corinthians 1:10-31David Gambrell - Liturgist,
Walter Brueggemann,
Dawn Hand - Liturgist
7:30PM
Lecture: "The Whole Thing Is on Fire: A Few Thoughts on Cosmology, Photography, and the Science of Homiletical Pyrotechnics" (not recorded)Rob Bell
Tuesday 05/16/2017
Scottish Rite Theatre
7:30AM
Yogadevotion - "Seated in the Presence"Cindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion,
Heidi Green
8:30AM
Worship: “Returning to God with All Our Hearts - Even the Super Crappy Parts, Joel 2:12-13 (not recorded)David Gambrell - Liturgist,
Nadia Bolz-Weber
9:30AM
Lecture: “Relinquishment and Reception: Ministry in the Fissure”Walter Brueggemann
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided, sponsored by Presbyterian College, Montreal/McGill University
11:00AM
Lecture: “A Week in the Life of a Neurotic Preacher” (not recorded)Nadia Bolz-Weber
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at the Scottish Rite Theatre
YogadevotionCindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion
1:30PM
Worship: "The Wall at the Well”, John 4:3-30Anna Carter Florence,
David Gambrell - Liturgist
2:30PM
Lecture:"Way In and a Way Out: Preaching and Liminality in a Culture of Change" (not recorded)Jennifer Lord
3:30PM
Workshop: “Borderless Borders - The Im/possibility of Hospitality” Romans 12:13, II Corinthians 8:13-15, Ephesians 2:11-22Cláudio Carvalhaes
4:00PM
YogadevotionCindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion
6:30PM
Concert: “Stories and Songs with Ashley Cleveland”Ashley Cleveland
7:30PM
Storytelling: “Minton Sparks & John Jackson Live at Festival of Homiletics 2017”Minton Sparks
Travis Park United Methodist Church
8:30AM
Worship: "Work The WORD ... Let The Word Do The Work, Isaiah 55 : 11, 2 Timothy 4 : 2, Luke 13:10 - 17Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie,
Dawn Hand - Liturgist
9:30AM
Lecture: “Preaching Good News in an Era of Fake News”Alyce McKenzie
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided, sponsored by Presbyterian College, Montreal/McGill University
11:00AM
Lecture: "Verbs on the Edge: Crossing the Line with Genesis 3" (not recorded)Anna Carter Florence
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at the Scottish Rite Theatre
1:30PM
Worship: “Reimagining and Repurposing our Temptations”, Matthew 4:1-11Anthony Bailey,
Dawn Hand - Liturgist
2:30PM
Lecture: “Preaching the New York Times”Amy Butler
3:30PM
Workshop: “Coming Home to the Body: An Experience of God’s Presence”Cindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion,
Cindy Senarighi
Wednesday 05/17/2017
Scottish Rite Theatre
7:30AM
Yogadevotion - "Seated in the Presence"Cindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion,
Heidi Green
8:30AM
Worship: “Why People Hate Organized Religion”, Luke 11:37-44Brian McLaren,
Cindy Senarighi
9:30AM
Lecture: “From Organized Religion to Organizing Religion”Brian McLaren
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided, sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary
11:00AM
Worship: “Let these Bones Live!”, Ezekiel 37: 1-14Lisa L. Thompson,
David Gambrell - Liturgist
12:00PM
YogadevotionCindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at the Scottish Rite Theatre
1:30PM
Lecture: “Preaching at the Borders of Texts and Life”Lisa L. Thompson
2:30PM
Lecture sponsored by Word & World: "When the Empire Strikes back:  Preaching as a Prophet in the Age of Profit"Otis Moss III
3:30PM
Workshop: "The Prophetic Imagination: Learning to Preach From the Underside"Otis Moss III
4:00PM
YogadevotionCindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion
6:15PM
Performance: Cultural MusicLos Conquistadores - Mariachi
7:00PM
Lecture: "Messing with the Power of Mammon"Bishop Craig Satterlee
Travis Park United Methodist Church
8:30AM
Worship: "Samaritans, Safe Houses, and a Savior", Luke 10:25-37Raquel St. Clair Lettsome,
Dawn Hand - Liturgist
9:30AM
Lecture: "Preaching Face to Face: Implications of Conversational Preaching for Preparation, Delivery, and Follow-up of Sermons"The Rev. Micah Jackson
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided, sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary
11:00AM
Worship: "God Prepare Us to be a Sanctuary", Exodus 15:13Yvette Flunder,
Dawn Hand - Liturgist
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at the Scottish Rite Theatre
1:30PM
Lecture: "Living Radical Hospitality"Yvette Flunder
2:30PM
Worship: “Awakened Savior, Awakening Church”, Mark 4:35-41Fr. Michael Renninger,
David Gambrell - Liturgist
3:30PM
Workshop: "Introduction to the Narrrative Lectionary"Rolf Jacobson
Thursday 05/18/2017
Scottish Rite Theatre
7:30AM
Yogadevotion - "Seated in the Presence"Cindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion,
Heidi Green
8:30AM
Worship: “Fringe Faith”, Luke 14:1, 7-14Luke Powery,
David Gambrell - Liturgist
9:30AM
Lecture: "Out-of-Body Preaching: Why We Need to Reconnect Proclamation with Incarnation"Karoline Lewis
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided, sponsored by Westminster John Knox Press
11:00AM
Worship: “What If the Church Comes Crashing Down?”, Matthew 9:35-10:23Matt Skinner,
David Gambrell - Liturgist
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at the Scottish Rite Theatre
YogadevotionCindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion
1:30PM
Lecture: “Spiritual Borderlands: Preaching While Black”Luke Powery
2:30PM
Lecture: “Proclaiming Truth in an Alt-Fact World”David Lose
4:00PM
YogadevotionCindy Senarighi, Yogadevotion
6:30PM
Lecture: “Can We Change: A View from the Field”, Mark 7: 24-30Samuel Cruz
7:30PM
Beer & Hymn Sing: Bier Garten Riverwalk 126 LoSoya StreetThe Fleshpots of Egypt
Travis Park United Methodist Church
8:30AM
Worship: “Border Crossing with Jesus”, 2 Corinthians 5: 16-19Will Willimon,
The Fleshpots of Egypt
9:30AM
Lecture: Confronting Racism through Preaching”Will Willimon
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided, sponsored by Westminster John Knox Press
11:00AM
Worship: “Border Scandal”, John: 4Rev. Grace Imathiu,
Dawn Hand - Liturgist
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at the Scottish Rite Theatre
1:30PM
Lecture (P1): “On Location with Moses: Incorporating Biblical Journeys into Your Preaching”Adam Hamilton
2:30PM
Lecture (P2): “On Location with Moses: Incorporating Biblical Journeys into Your Preaching”Adam Hamilton
4:00PM
Sermon BrainwaveKaroline Lewis,
Rolf Jacobson,
Matt Skinner
Friday 05/19/2017
Scottish Rite Theatre
8:30AM
Worship: “Interpretation Matters: Living Water, Living Story”, John 4:5-42Dawn Hand - Liturgist,
David Lose
9:30AM
Lecture: "How My Mind Has Changed"Barbara Brown Taylor
10:30AM
Break: Coffee and Snacks Provided, sponsored by Judson Press
11:00AM
Worship with Offering: "What the Wing Says", John 3:7-8Dawn Hand - Liturgist,
Barbara Brown Taylor