Event Schedule

27th Festival of Homiletics - 2019 Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"

  • The Festival of Homiletics is a weeklong conference that brings together top-notch preachers and professors of Homiletics to inspire a discourse about preaching, worship and culture.
  • Lectures and worship services are open only to paid participants to maintain adequate seating for all of our registered participants. Single day registration is available to accommodate spouses or visiting guests.
  • We will not be recording the workshops to create a safe space for personal interaction to take place. 
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Monday 05/13/2019
Central Lutheran
5:30PM
First-Timers MeetingDawn Alitz
6:20PM
WelcomeDawn Alitz,
David Howell,
Karoline Lewis,
Dawn Hand - Emcee,
Anthony Bailey
6:30PM
Worship with Holy Communion This evenings service is sponsored by The Pulpit Fiction PodcastBarbara Lundblad,
Tom Witt - Liturgist,
Mary Preus - Liturgist
7:30PM
LectureJim Forbes
Tuesday 05/14/2019
Central Lutheran
8:30AM
WorshipBrad Froslee - Liturgist,
William Barber II,
Kraig Windschitl
9:30AM
Morning Break: Coffee and snacks provided by Educational Opportunities Tours
10:00AM
WorshipJim Forbes,
Patrice E. Turner - Liturgist
11:00AM
LectureOtis Moss III
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at Westminster Presbyterian
2:00PM
WorshipOtis Moss III,
Patrice E. Turner - Liturgist
3:00PM
Lecture: "Naming Reality in a Tone-Deaf Society"Kenyatta Gilbert
6:30PM
Concert: "A Night of Music with Peter & Branden Mayer"Peter Mayer,
Brendan Mayer
Westminster Presbyterian
7:30AM
Chair Yogadevotion and Centering PrayerHeidi Green
9:30AM
Morning Break: Coffee and snacks provided by Educational Opportunities Tours
10:00AM
Worship: “Moral Imagination from Below”, 1 Corinthians 1: 26-31Cláudio Carvalhaes,
Brad Froslee - Liturgist
11:00AM
LectureWilliam Barber II
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at Westminster Presbyterian
Yogadevotions - YinCindy Senarighi
2:00PM
Worship: “Imagine That: Provoking Diverse Communities”, Mark 3: 13-19Anthony Bailey,
Scott Simmons - Liturgist
3:00PM
Lecture: "The Comedic Moral Imagination of the Pastor"Will Willimon
4:00PM
Yogadevotions - HathaCindy Senarighi
Central Presbyterian Church
7:30PM
Beer and Hymn Sing, Brit's Pub. This evening is sponsored by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's Doctor of Ministry Program.
Westminster Hall, Westminster Presbyterian
10:00AM
Workshop: "More Than Just Information: Preaching for Spiritual Formation"Rolf Jacobson
11:00AM
WorkshopBarbara Lundblad
1:30PM
Vendor Spotlight: Sojourners - “Lawyers and Collars” Sojourners,
Terrance McKinley
2:00PM
Workshop: "Moral Imagination in the Midst of Violence"Cláudio Carvalhaes
Wednesday 05/15/2019
Central Lutheran
8:30AM
WorshipCindy Senarighi,
Cynthia Hale
9:30AM
Morning Break: Coffee and snacks provided by Bethlehem Arise - Elias Tours
10:00AM
Worship: "Just imagine”, Exodus 1:15-21Rob Wright,
Sara Renner - Liturgist
11:00AM
Lecture:"Preaching and the African Presence in the Bible: A study of Acts 13:1-3"Marvin McMickle
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at Westminster Presbyterian
2:00PM
Afternoon Entertainment: "Organ Concert with Hymns"Kraig Windschitl
3:00PM
Lecture: "Why Preach? Meaningful Speech in the Age of 24/7 Babble"David Lose
6:30PM
Worship with Gospel ConcertWilliam H. Lamar IV,
Sara Renner - Liturgist
Westminster Presbyterian
7:30AM
Chair Yogadevotion and Centering PrayerHeidi Green
8:30AM
WorshipRob Wright,
Brad Froslee - Liturgist
9:30AM
Morning Break: Coffee and snacks provided by Bethlehem Arise - Elias Tours
10:00AM
Worship: "Scaring the Hell Out of Rich Folk," Luke 16:1-31Brian McLaren,
Brad Froslee - Liturgist
11:00AM
Lecture: "Utopia and Dystopia: Preaching as Science Fiction"Brian McLaren
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at Westminster Presbyterian
Yogadevotions - YinCindy Senarighi
2:00PM
Worship: "The Great Chasm" Luke 16:19-31Frank Thomas,
Patrice E. Turner - Liturgist
3:00PM
Lecture: "How to Survive a Dangerous Sermon"Frank Thomas
4:00PM
Yogadevotions - HathaCindy Senarighi
Westminster Hall, Westminster Presbyterian
10:00AM
Workshop: "Pitfalls and Possibilities of Being Prophetic"Will Willimon
11:00AM
Workshop: "The Holy Spirit: Source of Moral Imagination"William H. Lamar IV
1:30PM
Vendor Spotlight: Thrivent Financial - "Inspiring Generosity: Stories of Faith and Grace in Art"Joanna Reiling Lindell,
Thrivent Financial
2:00PM
Workshop: "Casting and Implementing Vision"Cynthia Hale
Thursday 05/16/2019
Central Lutheran
8:30AM
WorshipMelva Sampson,
Brad Froslee - Liturgist
9:30AM
Morning Break: Coffee and snacks provided by Westminster John Knox Press
10:00AM
Worship: "And What About The Road?", Luke 10:25-37Traci Blackmon,
Brad Froslee - Liturgist
11:00AM
LectureTraci Blackmon
12:00PM
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at Westminster Presbyterian
2:00PM
Lecture: “Keep the Church Weird”Rachel Held Evans
3:00PM
Lecture: “Keep the Bible Weird”Rachel Held Evans
6:30PM
Poetry Reading and Reflection: "A Night of Poetry with Natasha Trethewey" (Not Recorded)Natasha Trethewey
Westminster Presbyterian
7:30AM
Chair Yogadevotion and Centering PrayerHeidi Green
8:30AM
Worship: "Don't Give Me That Old Time Civil Religion", Acts 16:16-40Matt Skinner,
Patrice E. Turner - Liturgist
9:30AM
Morning Break: Coffee and snacks provided by Westminster John Knox Press
10:00AM
Worship: Learning to Climb Trees, Luke 19:1-10Anna Carter Florence,
Patrice E. Turner - Liturgist
11:00AM
Lecture (Not Recorded)Anna Carter Florence
12:00PM
Yogadevotions - YinCindy Senarighi
Lunch Break: Prepaid Box Lunches available at Westminster Presbyterian
2:00PM
Worship: "Someone has Stolen Jesus" John 20:10-15Yvette Flunder,
Patrice E. Turner - Liturgist
3:00PM
Lecture: "What is God Looking For?"Yvette Flunder
4:00PM
Yogadevotions - HathaCindy Senarighi
Westminster Hall, Westminster Presbyterian
10:00AM
Workshop: "Doing Exegesis for Preaching"Marvin McMickle
11:00AM
WorkshopMelva Sampson
1:30PM
Vendor Spotlight: Zondervan Bibles - "Publishing Beautiful Bibles in the Age of the Free Bible App"Bob Gaudet,
Harper Collins Zondervan Bibles
2:00PM
Workshop: "With Clarity, Creativity, and Courage: How Brené Brown's Research Helps Us Preach"Sarah Ciavarri
Friday 05/17/2019
Central Lutheran
9:00AM
Morning Entertainment: "Organ Concert with Hymns"Kraig Windschitl
9:30AM
Morning Break: Coffee and snacks provided by Inlighten Films
10:00AM
Lecture: "I Can’t Really Make a Difference Anyway and Other Options for Convenient Complicity"Amy Butler
11:00AM
Worship with Offering: "Sink or Swim", Genesis 6-9 This mornings service is sponsored by Working PreacherAmy Butler,
Brad Froslee - Liturgist