Dawn Alitz

Director of Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther Seminary

Anthony Bailey

Lead Minister, Parkdale United Church, Ottawa, Canada

William Barber II

President of Repairers of the Breach; Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign; Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, North Carolina

Traci Blackmon

Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries; Senior Pastor of Christ The King UCC

Amy Butler

Senior Pastor, The Riverside Church of New York

Anna Carter Florence

Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching, Columbia Theological Seminary

Cláudio Carvalhaes

Associate Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary

Sarah Ciavarri

Director of Spiritual Care at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation

TBD - Coming Soon

The Fleshpots of Egypt

Bluegrass Music Group

Yvette Flunder

Founder, Senior Pastor, City of Refuge UCC; Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

Jim Forbes

Senior Minister Emeritus; The Riverside Church, NY

Brad Froslee - Liturgist

Senior Pastor, St. Michael's Lutheran Church, MN

Heidi Green

Registered Yoga Teacher, EFM, MPP and RYT 500.

Cynthia Hale

Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Church

Dawn Hand - Emcee

Superintendent for the Pittsburgh District, Western PA Conference United Methodist Church

Rachel Held Evans

New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger

David Howell

Consultant and Founder, Festival of Homiletics

Rolf Jacobson

Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

William H. Lamar IV

Senior Pastor, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church

Karoline Lewis

Director DMin, Assoc. Prof. and The Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary

David Lose

Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

Barbara Lundblad

Joe R. Engle Professor Emerita of Preaching, Union Theological Seminary

Peter Mayer

Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter and Recording Artist

Brendan Mayer

Singer and Songwriter

Brian McLaren

Author, speaker and activist

Marvin McMickle

President, Director of the DMin Program & Professor of African American Religious Studies, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Otis Moss III

Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

Mary Preus - Liturgist

Director of Worship & Music, Our Savior's Lutheran Church

Sara Renner - Liturgist

Director of Contemporary Worship at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN

Melva Sampson

Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology, Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Cindy Senarighi

Author, Speaker and Co-founder/CEO of Yogadevotion

Scott Simmons - Liturgist

Pastor/Mission Developer of Lydia Place Collaborative Communities, St. Paul, MN

Matt Skinner

Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary

Frank Thomas

Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics, Christian Theological Seminary

Natasha Trethewey

United States Poet Laureate (2012-2014), Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet

Patrice E. Turner - Liturgist

Director of Worship & The Arts; Ebenezer Baptist Church

Will Willimon

Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School

Tom Witt - Liturgist

Chapel Music Staff, Luther Seminary

Rob Wright

Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, GA


27th Festival of Homiletics - 2019 Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"

Once upon a time, preachers and churches had a primary role in shaping the moral imagination of a community, a society, even a nation. What happened? “Preaching As Moral Imagination” will inspire and encourage preachers to embrace, once again, their identity as those called to give voice to God’s vision of goodness and mercy, to recover and re-imagine leadership in the church that seeks justice for all. Be inspired by God’s Word proclaimed by some of the nation’s finest ministers and teachers. Experience the fellowship of hundreds of preachers. Learn and worship in an atmosphere that’s dynamic, friendly, nurturing, and prophetic. Come renew, refresh, and recharge your spirit. Come and tap into God’s moral imagination for the sake of the world God loves.

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For All the Saints

Image: "Chesterfield: Church of St Mary and All Saints," Image by Phil McIver via Flickr, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 

And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
[William W. How, “For All the Saints.”]  


We know that Christ has triumphed over death, but on this All Saints Sunday when our hearts may be breaking amidst the long warfare that is life in the weary world, it can be difficult to hear that distant triumph song.   

Keep listening. ...

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Remarks by Sen. Cory Booker (audio)

U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey addressed
Festival of Homiletics participants on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
in Washington, D.C.

Click on the audio player at right to hear the full address.


Remarks from Sen. Elizabeth Warren are posted separately on this site.

Thanks to Abila Freestone Learning Management System for audio recording Sen. Booker's session. Recordings of the other 2018 Festival of Homiletics sessions are available for purchase now.

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