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Festival Blog

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

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Advent Week 1

Advent CandleImage Credit: Advent Candle by Randomsoleil on Flickr

Today is the first day in the Advent season, a time - the beginning, really - in the church year during which we anticipate the coming of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a season marked by reflection, prayer, and awaiting in hope. 

And all too often, we mosey along through Advent without giving it much thought; we are too focused on the end, Christmas. However, Christmas has its own season, which comes after Christmas Eve,

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Thanksgiving (U.S.)

Image Credit: Giving Thanks by Hey Paul Studios on Flickr

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us who work with the Festival of Homiletics! We hope it is a blessed and meaningful time for you. 

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the

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Speaker Profile: John Bell

"Take, O take me as I am; 
Summon out what I shall be; 
Set your seal upon my heart 
And live in me." - Take O Take Me As I Am by John Bell


John Bell was born and resides in Scotland. He is a liturgical composer who writes cooperatively with colleagues in Glasgow. He has a deep interest in music from non-European cultures and a passion for song of the Assembly. Though his primary vocation is as a preacher and teacher, he spends over half his time working in the areas of music and

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Speaker Profile: David Lose

“...while optimism assumes things will soon get better, hope testifies that whether things get better or worse yet ultimately God’s good will for us and all creation will prevail. And rooted in that promise, we can take action today, standing with the good, opposing evil, and doing what we can, not because we expect or need to save the world, but rather because we believe that since God will save the world we are free to throw ourselves into taking care of the little corner of the world

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