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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Luke Powery

"One normally hears about preaching in worship, but preaching is also worship. Before a preacher takes a biblical text for a sermon, s/he should take time to pray because the power of preaching comes from God. This is to conceive of the preacher as worshipper. Before we speak to others, we must first speak to God and listen to God." -Luke Powery


LukeThe Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the dean of Duke University Chapel and an associate professor of the practice of homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, performance studies, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written two books, Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching (Abingdon, 2009), and Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope (Fortress, 2012).

Though nurtured in the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition, Luke was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. Luke is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. Luke served as a member of the executive lectionary team for The African American Lectionary, an online ecumenical project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and is the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships and awards from organizations such as the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion and the Fund for Theological Education. In 2008, The African American Pulpit named him as one of "20 to Watch," an honor given to 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping to shape the future direction of the church.

Festival Schedule

He will be speaking on 5/22/2014 at 8:45am at Westminster Presbyterian in worship and again on 5/22/2014 at 11:00am at Westminster Presbyterian in a lecture.

Additional Info

We are very excited to welcome Luke Powery here for the Festival in May. There is much to be learned from his wealth of experience and knowledge about homiletics. For more about him, please check out the following links:

Duke Divinity School:


WorkingPreacher.org Craft of Preaching Articles:



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