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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Barbara Brown Taylor

“In a quip that makes the rounds, Jesus preached the coming of the kingdom, but it was the church that came. All these years later, the way many of us are doing church is broken and we know it, even if we do not know what to do about it. We proclaim the priesthood of all believers while we continue with hierarchical clergy, liturgy, and architecture. We follow a Lord who challenged the religious and political institutions of his time while we fund and defend our own. We speak and sing of divine transformation while we do everything in our power to maintain our equilibrium. If redeeming things continue to happen to us in spite of these deep contradictions in our life together, then I think that is because God is faithful even when we are not." ~ Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith


Barbara Brown TaylorBarbara Brown Taylor teaches religion at Piedmont College, and is an adjunct professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary. A graduate of Emory University, she earned the Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. She was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in 1983 and as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in 1984. She is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller “An Altar in the World.” Her first memoir,” Leaving Church,” was met with widespread critical acclaim, winning a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. She is a contributing editor to Sojourners, an at-large editor for The Christian Century and commentator on Georgia Public Radio.

Festival Schedule

She will be speaking on 05/20/2014 at 11:00am at Central Lutheran Church in worship, as well as on 5/20/2014 at 7:15pm at Central Lutheran Church in a dialogue with MaryAnn McKibben Dana.

Additional Info

We are blessed and excited to welcome Barbara Brown Taylor as a speaker at the 2014 Festival of Homiletics. She is a deeply brilliant writer, speaker, theologian, and teacher who is certain to bring profound insight to our theme "Preaching with Holy Imagination." 

For more about her, please check out the following links: 



Preaching Moment videos from WorkingPreacher.org: 



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