Dawn Alitz

Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther Seminary

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival, & Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church.

Traci Blackmon

Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO

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

TBD - Coming Soon

Yvette Flunder

Founder and Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ, Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

Heidi Green

Registered Yoga Teacher, EFM, MPP and RYT 500.

Rachel Held Evans

New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger

David Howell

Founder, Festival of Homiletics

Rolf Jacobson

Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Karoline Lewis

Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary

David Lose

Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

Barbara Lundblad

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

Brian McLaren

Author, speaker and activist

Marvin McMickle

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

Otis Moss III

Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

Sara Renner - Liturgist

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

Raquel S. Lettsome

Associate Minister at Union A.M.E. Church and Managing Partner of Say AMEN!

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

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

Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Ph.D

Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta

Will Willimon

Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School


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27th Festival of Homiletics - 2019 Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"

Moral Imagination is the part of being human that allows us to see the world in terms of goodness. Our moral imagination soars when good conquers evil, when the hero saves the world or the underdog stands up to the bully. Like David, in 2 Samuel 12, whose moral imagination was kindled on behalf of the poor man in the king's story. 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 tap into your moral imagination.

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Festival Blog

Remarks by Sen. Cory Booker (audio)

U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey addressed
Festival of Homiletics participants on Tuesday, May 22,
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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Remarks by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (audio)

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts addressed
Festival of Homiletics participants on Tuesday, May 22, at
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.

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

View video excerpts from this event, titled "What I learned from teaching Sunday School," as posted on Senator Warren's Facebook page.

Remarks from Sen. Cory Booker are posted separately on this site.

Thanks to Elizabeth McLean for sharing her audio recording of Sen. Warren's remarks. Recordings of all 2018 Festival of Homiletics sessions are available ...

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