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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Anna Carter Florence

“Too much restraint leads to preachers so fearful that they never speak up, even when they want to and believe they should. Testimony, meanwhile, calls to the deep-seated human longing to be real, for once; to say what we believe and to be honest about what we see and where we are, without fearing what may happen.”
Anna Carter Florence, "Preaching as Testimony"


Anna Carter FlorenceAnna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale College and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.).  Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Anna served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis Florence is interested in historical, theological, aesthetic, and performative dimensions of preaching and the ways preaching engages other fields and different traditions. Her research focuses on testimony, feminist theology, the role of experience in preaching, and the history of preaching women.  Her books include Preaching as Testimony and Inscribing the Word, she edited Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann, and contributed Chapter 6 titled Put Away Your Sword!: Taking the Torture out of the Sermon to What’s the Matter With Preaching Today? Anna is a frequent teacher and lecturer in this country and abroad.  In the fall of 2012, she delivered the Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School; her next book is based on those lectures.  Anna and her husband, the Rev. David Carter Florence, have two lacrosse-playing sons, Caleb (Kenyon College 2014) and Jonah (Decatur High School 2014).  They also have three dogs, two cats, two sheep and a flock of chickens.  

Festival Schedule

She will be speaking on 5/20/2014 at 9:35am at Central Lutheran Church in a lecture, on 5/20/2014 at 1:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian with Eric Elnes in a session called "Darkwood Brew Unplugged," and on 5/20/2014 at 3:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian as a follow-up to the 1:30pm session that day.

Additional info

We are very excited to have Anna Carter Florence here in Minneapolis as a speaker for the 2014 Festival of Homiletics. She will surely have many profound insights to offer and is a brilliant theologian and preacher.

For more about her, please check out the following links:

Faculty Profile:


Preaching Moment videos from WorkingPreacher.org:




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