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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Lauren Winner

“Some days I am not sure if my faith is riddled with doubt, or whether, graciously, my doubt is riddled with faith. And yet I continue to live in a world the way a religious person lives in the world; I keep living in a world that I know to be enchanted, and not left alone. I doubt; I am uncertain; I am restless, prone to wander. And yet glimmers of holy keep interrupting my gaze." -Lauren Winner, "Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis"


Lauren WinnerLauren Winner is a priest associate at St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Durham) and a member of the board of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. She has degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, and holds a Ph.D. in history. An assistant professor at Duke Divinity School, Lauren published a study called A Cheerful & Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia in 2010 from Yale University Press. Having written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Books and Cultures, and Christianity Today, Lauren is an Episcopal priest who writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, Real Sex, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith and, most recently, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis...Winner’s research has been supported by numerous institutions, including Monticello, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. During the 2010-2011 academic year she was a fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. Winner has appeared on PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has served as a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.  She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture and Christianity Today, and her essays have been included in several volumes of The Best Christian Writing.

Festival Schedule

She will be speaking on 5/23/2014 at 8:45am in worship at Central Lutheran Church and on 5/23/2014 at 9:35am at Central Lutheran Church in a lecture. 

Additional Info

We are very excited to have Lauren Winner here for the Festival of Homiletics in May. She is a brilliant author and theologian, and we will undoubtedly learn a great deal from her insights about Preaching with Holy Imagination. For more about her, check out the following links: 



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