Kayaking at BdeMakaSka - Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Festival Blog

2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"


Venue Profile: Westminster Presbyterian Church

Image Credit: Westminster Presbyterian Church by Adam Fagen on Flickr

Westminster Presbyterian, located on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, MN, is an incredible space, and we are very blessed to use its facilities throughout the week of the Festival. Various parts of the festival will be hosted here. 

Their "About Webpage" says, 

Westminster Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, open-minded congregation of 3,000 worshipping in the heart of Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall.

An engaged, urban partner

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Speaker Profile: M. Craig Barnes

"By grace we're created in the image of God. When we corrupt our lives with sin, the grace of God in Jesus Christ forgives us and makes us fully alive again. By grace the Holy Spirit binds us to this savior, includes us in the church, moves our chaos over to create beauty, and interrupts our plans with God's dream that we too become gracious.  Along the way the holy image re-emerges in our lives." - M. Craig Barnes


Craig Barnes is the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Speaker Profile: Bishop Michael Curry

"Agreement does not constitute the church. Being bonded in Christ does!" -Bishop Michael Curry


Michael Bruce Curry was elected 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on February 11, 2000. He was consecrated on June 17, 2000, in Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 13, 1953, Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York, and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York,

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Advent Week 3

Image Credit:  Advent Candle  by Randomsoleil on Flickr

Silent Night, Holy Night... 

...Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace

As a child, I remember every year holding a lit candle in the darkness of the sanctuary, singing "Silent Night." There was something holy and mysterious about the experience that captivated me, and as I grew older, this congregational hymn was and is a strong connection with the sacred. 

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Minneapolis Highlight #2 - Food

Image used with permission of the Visitor's Bureau 

Minneapolis boasts some incredible restaurants, and we hope this list below will get you started on your exploration of this city's (and surrounding area) great dining variety. 

Brasa is a premium rotisserie, with many choices, such as rotisserie chicken, smoked beef, and slow roasted pork. Meat lovers, this is the place for you!

Namaste Cafe has south Asian cuisine that is fresh, local, and organic. Their dinner options include

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