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

Chaplain, Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, PCC Coach

TBD - Coming Soon

Lillian Daniel

Senior Minister, First Congregational Church

Thrivent Financial

Platinum Sponsor

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

Bob Gaudet

Senior Director of Marketing for Zondervan Bibles

Kenyatta Gilbert

Professor of Homiletics; Howard University School of Divinity.

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

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

Joanna Lindell

Director and Curator of the Thrivent Collection of Religious Art

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

Terrance McKinley

Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing; Sojourners

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

Kraig Windschitl

Organist; Wayzata Community Church

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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We Have Not Lost Each Other: Closing Worship with Amy Butler


Drawn into worship with yearning for God's continued presence in hearts and lives, Brad Froslee called Festival participants into their last service together at #Homiletics2019 with centering prayer and song repeating the refrain; Oh God, we call, from deep inside we yearn for you. Moving into a prayer of Remembrance for Rachel Held Evans, beloved author and Christian voice who recently passed, participants were invited into a time of silent reflection.

We wrapped up our week of powerful sermons with "Sink or Swim," a message shared by Amy Butler, Senior Pastor at the Riverside Church of ...

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Anna Carter Florence, Ready to Climb

On Thursday, surrounded by eager listeners in the Westminster sanctuary, Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence returned to her roots. This was the church where she was first ordained, where she preached in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre, where she navigated despair from presiding over yet another lonely funeral of man who died in the AIDS Crisis. She remembers being there, by the pulpit, years ago while pregnant, feeling the first stirrings of her soon-to-be firstborn when he leapt in the womb at the sound of the organ.

Sometimes we recognize the work of God echoing loudly in our lives, and ...

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