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Festival Blog

2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"


A writer of vast imagination, poise and charm - Len Sweet joins the 2013 Festival of Homiletics

“The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.”

  - Leonard Sweet

Len Sweet

"One of the church’s most important and provocative thinkers" 

“No church leader understands better how to navigate the seas of the 21st century.” 

“A writer of vast imagination, poise and charm” 

“I can’t imagine a Christian leader in America who hasn’t read one or more of Leonard Sweet’s books.”

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Innovative Author, Speaker & Activist Brian McLaren Coming to Nashville this May!

“We’re seeking — imperfectly at every turn, no doubt — an incarnational theology, a theology that brings radical good news of great joy for all the people, good news that God loves the world and didn’t send Jesus to condemn it but to save it, good news that God’s wrath is not merely punitive but restorative, good news that the fire of God’s holiness is not bent on eternal torment but always works to purify and refine, good news that where sin abounds, grace

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Spend an Evening with Barbara Brown Taylor

“...salvation is not something that happens only at the end of a person's life. Salvation happens every time someone with a key uses it to open a door he could lock instead.”  Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith 

Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor is the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College in rural northeast Georgia. An Episcopal priest since 1984, she is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller An Altar in

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Nadia Bolz-Weber, a leading voice in the emerging church movement, to speak in Nashville 2013!

"Nadia Bolz-Weber has probably done more than any other pastor in recent times to poke therapeutic fun at the misdemeanors and flaws of overly-churched Christianity and Christians. The passion behind her words, however, is as deeply pastoral as it is God-drenched and liberating....thus the affection as well as the respect that attend her and her work wherever she goes." 

- Phylis Tickle author of "The Great Emergence"

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House

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Scholarships Available for 2013 Festival

McKendree Village in Nashville, Tennessee is a continuing care retirement community offering senior adults three levels of outstanding residential living.  Founded by the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, but presently owned and operated by Nashville Senior Care, LLC.,  McKendree is celebrating 50 years of providing quality retirement living and health care services for senior adults in a secure, faith affirming environment.

McKendree Village has graciously offered

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