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26th Festival of Homiletics - 2018 Washington, D.C.

"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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"Workshop: "Anxious to Preach About It: Whites Preaching about Racism"" by Carolyn Helsel

05/22/2018 10:00AM—Luther Place Memorial Church

Presenter: Carolyn Helsel

Title: Anxious to Preach About It: Whites Preaching about Racism
“As a white preacher, how do I preach about racism in my white congregation?” This question prompted Carolyn B. Helsel to study why it is difficult for white preachers to preach about race, and how white preachers might be able to begin to preach about racism more effectively. During this [60-minute or 90-minute] session, Helsel will describe a three-fold process of recognition: helping congregations recognize racism, recognize themselves as needing to be part of the conversation, and recognizing gratitude for God’s grace as the rooting motivation for the work. Beyond the pulpit, Helsel gives preachers suggestions for how to help their churches engage anti-racism work on a personal and community level.