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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Storyteller Michael Williams Bringing His Craft to Nashville!

“Though oral tradition is a very ancient art, it always happens in the here and now. Even though you may be telling a story that is 2000 years old or singing a song that is even older, your group is hearing it right now. A story "happens" in the imaginations of your hearers while you are telling it. Your words call the images forth in their minds, and they create their own mental movie from those pictures.” – Michael E. Williams

Rev. Michael Williams, Senior Pastor; West End UMC

Michael Williams was educated at Vanderbilt University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Michael has served churches in the Tennessee Conference and taught courses for Garrett Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Candler School of Theology, and the Doctor of Ministry programs of Drew and Wesley Theological Seminaries. He is the author of numerous articles, stories, poems, plays and books and serves as General Editor of The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible series from Abingdon Press.

Michael is a frequent guest speaker and workshop leader at regional, national, and international events. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and has taught at the National Institutes of Storytelling. While a student at Northwestern a collection of his poems won an American Academy of Poets prize. Michael is married to Margaret, and they are parents of two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth.

Storyteller Michael Williams bring his craft to Nashville for a night of stories! Be sure to join us – plan to be captivated!

The Good Shepherd  by Michael Williams Posted on 4/10/11


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