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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Anthony Bailey

"Inspired ... especially by the way and teachings of Christ, how will we band together and welcome the direction and empowerment of God’s Spirit to deploy us to 'seek peace and go after it'?" -Anthony Bailey


Anthony Bailey serves as Lead Minister at Parkdale United Church in Ottawa, Canada. Originally from Barbados, he has lived and served in various parts of Canada, Africa and the Caribbean. A pastor/teacher at heart, Bailey taught at the McGill University joint theological colleges (Montreal, Canada), and the Theological College of the University of the West Indies (Kingston, Jamaica). He is currently an occasional lecturer at the Ottawa School of Theology and Spirituality and has been a guest lecturer at Queen’s University School of Religion.

Bailey is a sought after preacher, speaker and worship leader at North American and Caribbean conferences. He conducts workshops and training in Intercultural Competence, Racial Justice, and Stewardship. He has degrees in social work, theology, philosophy of religion (liturgical language) and ethics and culture. Bailey has been awarded the Dreamkeepers' Martin Luther King Jr. Life Achievement Award for Racial Reconciliation. He wrote the biblical and theological study resource for “Sankofa: The Histories and Heritages of Black Peoples in the United Church of Canada.” As well, he has written a chapter entitled “Against Racism: All Nations, Including Black Peoples, in the Imagination of God” in the recently released book, Triumph of Hope: Essays in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ottawa School of Theology & Spirituality. For the past number of years Anthony has served as a well-regarded co-emcee at the Festival of Homiletics.

Festival Schedule

He will be serving as an emcee for the Festival of Homiletics this year. 

Additional Info

We are blessed to welcome Anthony Bailey here for the Festival in May to serve as an emcee, and we welcome his presence graciously. For more about him, check out the following links:

Parkdale United Church:


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