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Karoline Lewis "The Politics of Pneuma", John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Sermon Mon., 5/21 6:30:00 PM

Karoline Lewis (New – Unedited)

Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and The Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Homiletics, Luther Seminary

Karoline M. Lewis is the author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD) and John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries. She was one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign (valuesandvoices.com). Her current project is on embodiment and leadership. Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D.). She is a regular preacher/presenter at the Festival of Homiletics and leads conferences, workshops, and retreats internationally on the Gospel of John, the New Testament, interpreting the Bible, preaching, leadership, and women in ministry. She is a contributing writer for WorkingPreacher.org, author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, and co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave.

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Richard Rohr "By What Authority?", Luke 20:2 Lecture Mon., 5/21 7:30:00 PM

Richard Rohr, OFM (New – Unedited)

Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province, where he founded the Center for Action and Contemplation over 30 years ago.  He spent 45 years of his public life preaching and giving retreat and conferences throughout the world, but now largely teaches close to home and especially on site in the LIVING SCHOOL based in Albuquerque, which also offers on-line courses.  His best-known books are Everything Belongs, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Breathing under Water.  He considers his primary vocation to be communicating the Gospel in a way that the modern and post-modern mind can appreciate, and particularly in integrating the mystical core of Christianity with its social and political implications. He considers the contemplative mind the key to interpreting the Scriptures.

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Walter Brueggemann "Meat, Anxiety, Injustice", I Kings 4:20-28; 9:15-19; Luke 12:13-31 Sermon Tues., 5/22 8:30:00 AM

Walter Brueggemann (New - Unedited )

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He has recently published Sabbath as Resistance (Westminster John Knox Press), Money and Possessions (Westminster John Knox Press), and Gift and Task (Westminster John Knox Press). He has recently received the Niebuhr award from his alma mater, Elmhurst College.

 

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Cynthia Hale "What Does the Lord Require of Us!", Micah 6:6-8 Sermon Tues., 5/22 10:00:00 AM

Speaker(s) and Biography: Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale (New – Unedited)Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Church

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale is the founding and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. The Ray of Hope Christian Church is a congregation that has a vision to "impact and transform this present world into the Kingdom of God" through Housing, Healthcare and Education Initiatives. It is recognized in the book, Excellent Protestant Congregations: Guide to Best Places and Practices.

Dr. Hale is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. Her natural talent in music led her to study at Hollins College in Virginia, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

As a woman of vision, Dr. Hale is revered locally, nationally, and internationally for her leadership, integrity, and compassion. In 2004, Dr. Hale established a mentoring program known as Elah Pastoral Ministries, Inc. to assist in the spiritual as well as practical development of pastors and para-church leaders. In September 2005, she convened her first Women in Ministry Conference; a premiere, national conference with a focused mission to Develop, Coach and Mentor Christian Women in Ministry for the 21st Century. Dr. Hale presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Hollins University, as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Beulah Heights University, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the City of Hope Ministries, Inc., and is the Assistant Secretary for the Hampton Ministers’ Conference.

As a recipient of numerous honors and recognitions, Dr. Hale was inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame and the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers of Morehouse College.  In July 2009, Dr. Hale was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Dr. Hale is a dedicated active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Hale is a contributing writer for many books and publications including the books, Power in the Pulpit II: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons and the preaching resource series, Feasting on the Gospels. In January 2010, she authored her first book entitled, I’m A Piece of Work: Sisters Shaped by God. In September 2011, Dr. Hale was honored by the National Urban League and is a recipient of the inaugural “Women of Power” award. In July 2012, Dr. Hale was awarded the Preston Taylor Living Legacy Award at the 22nd Biennial Session of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  In November 2012, she was honored by Ebony Magazine as a part of the Power 100, a yearly compilation of the most influential African Americans in the country. Dr. Hale was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Award in January 2013 from The Balm In Gilead, Inc. at the African American Church Inaugural Ball to commemorate the Second Term and Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Dr. Hale has been in ministry for 35 years.

 

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Grace Imathiu - Title TBD 5/22 11:00:00 PM

Grace Imathiu (2017 Program)

Lead Pastor, Community United Methodist Church; International Speaker

Grace Imathiu was educated in Kenya, the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Vanderbilt University, Cambridge University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was ordained in the Methodist Church in Kenya in 1988 and served for six years. She has since served in Washington, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin. As a preacher and Bible study teacher, Grace is in constant demand around the world. She is a regular preacher at the International Christian Youth Conference and the National Christian Youth Conference in Australia. Grace ministered in Kenya, Togo, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, England, Ireland and all throughout the United States. She led Bible studies and was a guest preacher at many conferences in The United Methodist Connection. Imathiu is author of a collection of sermons, titled “Words of Fire, Spirit of Grace.”

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Walter Brueggemann "The Joker amid Class Warfare" Lecture Tues., 5/22 1:30:00 PM

Walter Brueggemann (New - Unedited )

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He has recently published Sabbath as Resistance (Westminster John Knox Press), Money and Possessions (Westminster John Knox Press), and Gift and Task (Westminster John Knox Press). He has recently received the Niebuhr award from his alma mater, Elmhurst College. 

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Otis Moss III "A Manual for A New Nation: Living Justly and Loving Powerfully in a Fractured America" Lecture Tues., 5/22 2:30:00 AM

Otis Moss III (New - Unedited) Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

Otis Moss III is the senior pastor of Trin­ity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality.  Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As part of his community engagement through Trinity United Church of Christ, Dr. Moss led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum; which includes the viral video “Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival,” created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College who earned a Master of Divinity form Yale Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of "The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World." The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics.

With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, at conferences, and churches across the globe. He is highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music. The work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation.

He is the former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise, with his father. His sermons, articles, and poetry have appeared in publications such as Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal. Those works include: Power in the Pulpit II: America’s Most Effective Preachers, Joy To The World: Sermons From America’s Pulpit, Sound The Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men, and The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama. His work has also been featured on HuffingtonPost, Urban Cusp, and The Root. Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ.  He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and Faith-In-Place/Action Fund , and chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.  Additionally, Dr. Moss is a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Seniors Fellow Program. He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate. They are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.

 

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Grace Imathiu - 5/22 Title TBD 8:30:00 AM
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Rolf Jacobson "The Politics of Gratitude and Joy", Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:16-19 Sermon Tues., 5/22 10:00:00 AM

Rolf Jacobson (2017 Program)

Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Rolf Jacobson joined the Luther Semi­nary faculty as assistant professor of Old Testament in July 2003. Prior to joining the seminary, he served as as­sociate pastor for Como Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn., and taught at Augsburg College as an assistant professor of religion.

Jacobson earned his bachelor’s degree from the Univer­sity of St. Thomas, his M.Div. from Luther Seminary and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Jacobson served as editor of “Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms,” whose authors included three Lu­ther Seminary graduates. His articles appeared in Word & World, Theology Today, Interpretation, Teaching Theology and Religion and in many collections of scholarly essays. With Kelly Fryer, he wrote the “No Experience Necessary” Bible studies. He was contributor to Augsburg Fortress’ “Handbook” series; and contributes to Working Preacher and its “Sermon Brainwave” podcast.

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Samuel Cruz "Preaching: It's Always Political" Lecture Tues., 5/22 11:00:00 AM

Samuel Cruz (2017 Program)

Assistant Professor of Church and Society, Union Theological Seminary

Assistant Professor of Church and Soci­ety, Samuel Cruz, completed his Ph.D. at Drew University, Madison, N.J. in 2002 under the directorship of interna­tionally renowned philosopher and so­ciologist of religion, Dr. Otto Maduro. Cruz also completed the M. Phil. from Drew University in 1999. He received his M.A., Magna Cum Laude, from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, N.J., and was a 1987 graduate of the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y.  Cruz’s publications include two books, “Masked African­isms: Puerto Rican Pentecostalism” (Kendall Hunt Publish­ing, 2005) as well as “Christianity and Culture in the City: A Post-Colonial Approach” (Lexington Books, 2013), he is currently working on a book project “Latinas and the LGBT community: Implications for the Church and Beyond.”

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Cynthia Hale "Preaching to Save the Soul of a Nation" Lecture Tues., 5/22 1:30:00 PM
 

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale (New – Unedited)Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Church

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale is the founding and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. The Ray of Hope Christian Church is a congregation that has a vision to "impact and transform this present world into the Kingdom of God" through Housing, Healthcare and Education Initiatives. It is recognized in the book, Excellent Protestant Congregations: Guide to Best Places and Practices.

Dr. Hale is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. Her natural talent in music led her to study at Hollins College in Virginia, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

As a woman of vision, Dr. Hale is revered locally, nationally, and internationally for her leadership, integrity, and compassion. In 2004, Dr. Hale established a mentoring program known as Elah Pastoral Ministries, Inc. to assist in the spiritual as well as practical development of pastors and para-church leaders. In September 2005, she convened her first Women in Ministry Conference; a premiere, national conference with a focused mission to Develop, Coach and Mentor Christian Women in Ministry for the 21st Century. Dr. Hale presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Hollins University, as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Beulah Heights University, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the City of Hope Ministries, Inc., and is the Assistant Secretary for the Hampton Ministers’ Conference.

As a recipient of numerous honors and recognitions, Dr. Hale was inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame and the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers of Morehouse College.  In July 2009, Dr. Hale was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Dr. Hale is a dedicated active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Hale is a contributing writer for many books and publications including the books, Power in the Pulpit II: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons and the preaching resource series, Feasting on the Gospels. In January 2010, she authored her first book entitled, I’m A Piece of Work: Sisters Shaped by God. In September 2011, Dr. Hale was honored by the National Urban League and is a recipient of the inaugural “Women of Power” award. In July 2012, Dr. Hale was awarded the Preston Taylor Living Legacy Award at the 22nd Biennial Session of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  In November 2012, she was honored by Ebony Magazine as a part of the Power 100, a yearly compilation of the most influential African Americans in the country. Dr. Hale was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Award in January 2013 from The Balm In Gilead, Inc. at the African American Church Inaugural Ball to commemorate the Second Term and Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Dr. Hale has been in ministry for
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Shively Smith "Re-Imagining Our Practices of Hermeneutics" Lecture Tues., 5/22 2:30:00 PM

Rev. Dr. Shively Smith (New – Unedited)

Assistant Professor of New Testament, Wesley Theological Seminary

Scholar, Preacher, Teacher and Writer

Reverend Shively T. J. Smith joined the Wesley faculty in New Testament studies in 2014 after completing her doctorate at Emory University. Her work has been supported by organizations such as the Louisville Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Fund for Theological Education, and the Mellon Mays Fellowship Program. She has also studied abroad at Oxford University as an English-Speaking Union (ESU) Luard scholar in the Theology Department. Her research interests include: the General Letters and Luke-Acts, Call Narratives, and biblical discourses on diaspora. Ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), Dr. Smith has actively worked in ministry and academia for more than 15 years. Currently, she is working on her first manuscript.

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Otis Moss III "The Politics Of Jesus", Luke 4:18-19 Sermon Wed., 5/23 8:30:00 AM

Otis Moss III (New - Unedited) Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

Otis Moss III is the senior pastor of Trin­ity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality.  Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As part of his community engagement through Trinity United Church of Christ, Dr. Moss led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum; which includes the viral video “Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival,” created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College who earned a Master of Divinity form Yale Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of "The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World." The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics.

With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, at conferences, and churches across the globe. He is highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music. The work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation.

He is the former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise, with his father. His sermons, articles, and poetry have appeared in publications such as Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal. Those works include: Power in the Pulpit II: America’s Most Effective Preachers, Joy To The World: Sermons From America’s Pulpit, Sound The Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men, and The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama. His work has also been featured on HuffingtonPost, Urban Cusp, and The Root. Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ.  He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and Faith-In-Place/Action Fund , and chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.  Additionally, Dr. Moss is a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Seniors Fellow Program. He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate. They are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.

 

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Craig Barnes "Getting the Demon Out", Mark 9:14-29 Sermon Wed., 5/23 10:00:00 AM

Craig Barnes (2015 Program)

President and Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary

Craig Barnes began his presidency at Princeton in January 2013, and also serves as professor of pastoral ministry. Barnes earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary in 1981 and his Ph.D. in church history from the University of Chicago in 1992. Previously, Barnes was a chaired professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while serving as the pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He previously served pastorates in Madison, Wis., and at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. He is a frequent lecturer and preacher at conferences, academic gatherings and in congregations across the country. He is the author of eight books and serves as a columnist for The Christian Century.

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Maria Teresa D'vila "Building Bridges from the Pulpit: A Political Theology of the Sermon" Lecture Wed., 5/23 11:00:00 PM

Maria Teresa Dávila (New – Unedited)

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Andover Newton Theological School

MT Dávila is a lay woman in the Roman Catholic tradition. She completed her doctorate at Boston College with a dissertation titled A Liberation Ethic for the One Third World: The Preferential Option for the Poor and Challenges to Middle-Class Christianity in the United States. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master in Theological Studies at the Boston University School of Theology. Her main interests are the intersections of class identity formation and Christian ethics in the U.S. context. Her research looks for the intersection of these issues with respect to the relationship of class and militarism, class and immigration, and class and activism. She is currently undertaking a study of leaders of communities of faith, peace and justice practitioners, and others to examine the relationship between different understandings of discipleship and activism-public witness-faith in action.

Professor Dávila has also published articles and contributions on immigration, the use of force and just war theory, the theology of creation of Paul Tillich, Latina/o Theology, Christianity and U.S. civil society, and the role of the social sciences in Christian ethics. Her academic papers and presentations include discussions of feminist activism in the classroom, Catholic social teaching and the option for the poor, immigration and a sojourner identity, public religion and Christian identity, and race, class, and Christian discipleship in the United States.

Professor Dávila lives in Malden with her family, her husband Rob and four children. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Church, a Roman Catholic parish in Malden.

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Craig Barnes "Preaching in the Age of Anxiety" Lecture Wed., 5/23 1:30:00 PM

Craig Barnes (2015 Program)

President and Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary

Craig Barnes began his presidency at Princeton in January 2013, and also serves as professor of pastoral ministry. Barnes earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary in 1981 and his Ph.D. in church history from the University of Chicago in 1992. Previously, Barnes was a chaired professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while serving as the pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He previously served pastorates in Madison, Wis., and at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. He is a frequent lecturer and preacher at conferences, academic gatherings and in congregations across the country. He is the author of eight books and serves as a columnist for The Christian Century.

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Richard Rohr "The First Demon is in the Synagogue", Mark 1:21-28" Sermon Wed., 5/23 2:30:00 AM

Richard Rohr, OFM (New – Unedited)

Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province, where he founded the Center for Action and Contemplation over 30 years ago.  He spent 45 years of his public life preaching and giving retreat and conferences throughout the world, but now largely teaches close to home and especially on site in the LIVING SCHOOL based in Albuquerque, which also offers on-line courses.  His best-known books are Everything Belongs, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Breathing under Water.  He considers his primary vocation to be communicating the Gospel in a way that the modern and post-modern mind can appreciate, and particularly in integrating the mystical core of Christianity with its social and political implications. He considers the contemplative mind the key to interpreting the Scriptures.

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Geraldine Buckley "True Tales of Faith and Wonder" Storytelling Wed., 5/23 6:30:00 PM

Geraldine Buckley

Storyteller

With her trademark wit, warmth and humor, internationally known, award-winning storyteller and educator Geraldine Buckley has been involved in storytelling, speaking, performance poetry and conducting creative workshops for over thirty years in the US, Canada, England, Holland, South Africa, Spain and New Zealand.

Traveling extensively, Geraldine shares folk tales and Greek myths (mainly in schools); conducts storytelling and creative/meditative workshops; performs true stories based on her own globe-trotting adventures at festivals, schools, theatres, house-concerts, prisons and conferences; and performs her educational, storytelling show “Tea In The Slammer” in the criminal justice departments of universities and in other settings.

Recently, among many other places, Geraldine has performed as a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival; TN, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival UT; Brandywine Storytelling Festival, DE; National Storytelling Network Conference, VA; Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival, VA;  Starburst Storytelling Festival, SC;  Invercargill Arts Festival (in New Zealand).  She was a teller in residence at Anderson University, Anderson SC, The International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough TN, and performed and taught at the State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia.  She also conducted workshops in prisons in New Zealand and Maryland and has told stories and conducted residencies in many schools.

Until January 2010 Geraldine was a chaplain at the largest men’s prison in Maryland.

Geraldine has won two prestigious Gold Awards from Storytelling World. She is also an accomplished speaker specializing in making her audiences laugh and think.

Geraldine has an MA in Communication from Regent University and lives in Frederick, Maryland, 45 minutes from Washington DC.  Find out more at her website geraldinebuckley.com.

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Ginger Gaines-Cirelli "Stop Speaking Smooth Things", Isaiah 30:8-18" Sermon Wed., 5/23 8:30:00 AM

Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli (New – Unedited)

Senior Pastor, Foundry United Methodist Church

In 2014, Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli became the first woman to serve as Senior Pastor of historic Foundry UMC in Washington, DC. Her ministry has encouraged spiritual growth and engaged discipleship—emphasizing radical hospitality, shared ministry, spiritual practices, and solidarity with the poor and oppressed. Ginger contributed to and served on the editorial board for The CEB Women’s Bible (published October 2016). A life-long United Methodist, Ginger regularly presents as a featured theologian, teacher, and speaker at regional, national, and international connectional events.

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Jacqui Lewis "Identity Politics", And Matthew 6:9-14 Sermon Wed., 5/23 10:00:00 AM

The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis (New – Unedited)

Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church, New York, NY Executive Director, The Middle Project, Inc.

When Jacqui Lewis was eight years old, she hid under her bed as bullets flew in her Chicago neighborhood following the assassination of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In that moment, she felt called to work for racial equality in the United States. 

It has been said that her 1,000-member congregation, Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, has diversity that looks like the subway, but its legendary love feels like home. Jews, Buddhists, atheists, and Christians pack its sanctuary to standing-room-only capacity. Millennials and boomers, trans and gay, singles and families all call Middle their own. Middle Church is celebrated in Robert P. Jones’ book, The End of White Christian America, as an example of what revolutionary love can do to combat racism and xenophobia.

Believing faith communities can lead the way to racial reconciliation; Dr. Lewis co-founded The Middle Project with her spouse, The Rev. John Janka, which trains leaders to create a more just society. More than 300 faith leaders attended the 11th annual conference, “Revolutionary Love – Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism” last April, with speakers such as Van Jones, Valarie Kaur, William J. Barber II, Zainab Salbi, and Bill Moyers on faculty. Revolutionary Love--Complete the Dream, is April 6-8, 2018. 

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Lewis is the first African American and first woman to serve as senior minister in the Collegiate Church, which was founded in New York City in 1628. She hosted “Just Faith,” an on-demand television program on MSNBC.com and is a frequent media commentator. In 2016, Dr. Lewis completed the six-city Together Tour with best-selling author Glennon Doyle Melton, Seane Corn, Valarie Kaur, Jennifer Randolph, and special guest Alicia Keys. Her books include The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multi-racial, Multi-cultural Congregations, The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Multiracial Churches (April 2018) and the children’s book, You Are So Wonderful! She is currently at work on a book about a path to revolutionary love.

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Matt Skinner "Politics, Power, Perils, and Pretenders: How the New Testament's "Apocalyptic" Perspectives Affect a Preacher's View of the World" Lecture Wed., 5/23 11:00:00 AM

Matt L. Skinner (New - Unedited)

Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Matthew L. Skinner, one of the co-hosts of the popular Sermon Brainwave podcast, has been on the Luther Seminary faculty since 2002. He teaches in the school's master-degree programs and the doctor of ministry in biblical preaching program. His research and teaching focuses on the Gospels, Acts, the cultural dynamics on display in those writings, and the Bible's ongoing capacity to shape Christian identity. His most recent publications include the new three-volume work A Companion to the New Testament (2017-2018) and Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts (2015). An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Skinner teaches frequently at workshops and conferences for church leaders.

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Jill Duffield "Dissatisfaction from the Heart: Gospel Preaching to, for and with God's Beloved World" Lecture Wed., 5/23 1:30:00 PM

Jill Duffield (New – Unedited)

Editor and Publisher, The Presbyterian Outlook

Jill Duffield serves as the editor and publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook, an independent publication on the PC(USA). She earned a BA in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She graduated with her Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary and was ordained as a teaching elder in 1998. Jill earned her Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She was the 2015 recipient of the Associated Church Press James Solheim Award for Editorial Courage.  Jill is a contributor to the forthcoming Connections preaching commentary series published by Westminster John Knox Press. She is currently serving on the Austin Presbyterian Seminary Board. Jill is married to Grant and they have three children, Joseph, Jessie and Marissa.

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Yvette Flunder "Preparing to be a Sanctuary" Exodus: 15:3 Sermon Wed., 5/23 2:30:00 PM

Yvette A. Flunder (2017 Program)

Founder and Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

Yvette A. Flunder is an unapologetic disciple and proponent of the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ, who has raised her voice for justice from the church house to the White House and steps of the Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the Certificate of Ministry Studies and Master of Arts programs at Pacific School of Religion and she received her Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif. In June 2003 Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship (founded in 2000 and renamed The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries in 2011), a multi-denominational coalition of over 100 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the United States, and extending to Mexico, three countries in Africa and most recently, Asia. TFAM is in covenantal relationship with The United Church of Christ, The Metropolitan Community Church and The Centers for Spiritual Living.

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Sermon Brainwave Live Recording with Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis and Matt Skinner Podcast Wed., 5/23 4:00:00 PM
 

Sermon Brainwave

 

WorkingPreacher.org's Sermon Brainwave podcast is a weekly conversation on the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the coming Sunday. The conversations (hosted by Luther Seminary faculty: Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis and Matt Skinner) are fun, informative and creative -- and just may give you the spark that ignites your own sermon brainwave!

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David Lose "Nothing Comes from Nothing", Isaiah 55:1-13; Matthew 20:1-16 Sermon Thurs., 5/24 8:30 AM

David Lose (New - Unedited)

Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

David J. Lose was called as senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in 2017. From July 2014 to June 2017, he served as president of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Before that, he held the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, where he also served as the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching. He is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World -- and Our Preaching -- Is Changing (2013), Making Sense of the Cross (2011), Making Sense of the Christian Faith (2010), Making Sense of Scripture (2009), and Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World (2003). He speaks widely in the United States and abroad on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation.

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William H. Lamar IV "Seers" Revelation 21:1-5 Sermon Thurs., 5/24 10:00:00 AM

William H. Lamar IV (New – Unedited)

Senior Pastor, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Rev. William H. Lamar IV is pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He previously served Turner Memorial AME Church in Maryland and three churches in Florida: Monticello, Orlando and Jacksonville. He is a former managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Lamar is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Duke Divinity School.

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Yvette Flunder "The Second Book of Acts" (workshop) Lecture Thurs., 5/24 11:00:00 PM

Yvette A. Flunder (2017 Program)

Founder and Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

Yvette A. Flunder is an unapologetic disciple and proponent of the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ, who has raised her voice for justice from the church house to the White House and steps of the Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the Certificate of Ministry Studies and Master of Arts programs at Pacific School of Religion and she received her Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif. In June 2003 Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship (founded in 2000 and renamed The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries in 2011), a multi-denominational coalition of over 100 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the United States, and extending to Mexico, three countries in Africa and most recently, Asia. TFAM is in covenantal relationship with The United Church of Christ, The Metropolitan Community Church and The Centers for Spiritual Living.

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David Lose "The Gospel of Jesus: Political or Parabolic?" Lecture Thurs., 5/24 1:30:00 PM

David Lose (New - Unedited)

Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

David J. Lose was called as senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in 2017. From July 2014 to June 2017, he served as president of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Before that, he held the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, where he also served as the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching. He is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World -- and Our Preaching -- Is Changing (2013), Making Sense of the Cross (2011), Making Sense of the Christian Faith (2010), Making Sense of Scripture (2009), and Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World (2003). He speaks widely in the United States and abroad on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation.

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Luke Powery "A Ministry of the Spirit." Lecture Thurs., 5/24 2:30:00 AM

Luke A. Powery (New - Unedited)

Dean of Duke University Chapel & Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Divinity School

The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. A national leader in the theological study of the art of preaching (homiletics), Powery regularly delivers sermons at Duke Chapel as well as at churches throughout the United States and abroad. He is often a keynote speaker and lecturer at educational institutions, conferences, symposia, and retreats.

His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written three books: Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in PreachingDem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope; and his latest book Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals. He has also co-authored an introductory textbook on preaching, Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place, and is currently working on the second in the series of meditations on the Spirituals, this time for the season of Lent. He is also a general editor of a forthcoming nine volume lectionary commentary series for preaching and worship titled, Connections. Powery was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada and the United States. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, for which he has served as Secretary; the American Academy of Religion; and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. Powery served as a member of the executive lectionary team for The African-American Lectionary and is the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships and awards. In 2008, the African-American Pulpit named him one of 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping shape the future direction of the church. More recently, in 2014, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for his ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. He is married to Gail Powery, and the couple has two children.

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Mariann Budde "Welcoming the Prophet: Risks and Responsibilities of Leadership from the Pulpit", Matthew 10: 34-42 Sermon Thurs., 5/24 8:30:00 AM

The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde (New – Unedited)

Bishop of Washington and Standing Member of the Executive Committee, Washington National Cathedral

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde is the spiritual leader of 45,000 Episcopalians in 89 congregations and 20 Episcopal schools in the District of Columbia and four Maryland counties--Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles and St. Mary’s. The first woman elected to this position, she also serves as the chair and president of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, which oversees the ministries of the Washington National Cathedral and three Cathedral schools.

A passionate believer in the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Budde is committed to the revitalization and growth of the congregations and core ministries of the diocese. Her priority is to develop and strengthen collaborative models of ministry to meet the needs of a changing world.

Bishop Budde was consecrated as the ninth bishop of Washington in November 2011. Prior to her election, she served for 18 years as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis.

She earned a B.A. in history at the University of Rochester, graduating magna cum laude. She earned both her Masters in Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary. Her sermons have been published in several books and journals and she is the author of Gathering the Fragments: Preaching as Spiritual Practice, published in 2007. She blogs at Gathering Up the Fragments.

Bishop Budde and her husband, Paul, have two adult sons, Amos and Patrick.

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Anthony Bailey "Silence and the Provocation of Song and Protest", Luke 1:46-55 Sermon Thurs., 5/24 10:00:00 AM

Anthony Bailey (2017 Program)

Lead Minister, Parkdale United Church, Ottawa, Canada

Originally from Barbados, Anthony Bailey has lived and served in various parts of Canada, Kenya and Jamaica. A teacher at heart, Bailey taught at the McGill University joint theological colleges in Montreal and the Theological College of the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He is 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/workshop leader at North American and Caribbean conferences. His academic degrees are in the areas of 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.” He is an intercultural competence trainer and comments on social and racial issues on local radio

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Eric Barreto "Preaching (and) Race" Lecture Thurs., 5/24 11:00:00 AM

Eric D. Barreto (New – Unedited)

Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

Eric D. Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. The author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014), he is also a regular contributor to ONScripture.org, the Huffington Post, WorkingPreacher.org, and EntertheBible.org. For more, go to ericbarreto.com and follow him on Twitter (@ericbarreto).

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Diana Butler Bass "Bridging the Gratitude Gap: Deeper Gratefulness as Spiritual Practice" Lecture Thurs., 5/24 1:30:00 PM

Diana Butler Bass (New – Unedited)

Author, Speaker, and Independent Scholar specializing in American religion and culture.

Diana holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015) and the widely influential Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012). Her other books include A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009), nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award, and the best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (2006) which was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY.

Diana regularly speaks at conferences, consults with religious organizations, leads educational events for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues. She writes at The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR.

From 1995 to 2000, she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate. She is a contributing editor for Sojourners Magazine has written widely in the religious press, including Christian Century, Clergy Journal, and Congregations.

From 2002 to 2006, she was the Project Director of a national Lilly Endowment-funded study of mainline Protestant vitality—a project featured in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Butler Bass is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York. She also serves on the board of Public Religion Research and is an advisor on the project for a National Museum of American Religion in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, Dr. Butler Bass has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and the Virginia Theological Seminary in subjects ranging from church history, American religious history, history of Christian thought, to religion and politics, religion and race, and congregational studies.

She and her family live in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Diana Butler Bass "Jesus v. Rome: The Biblical Politics of Gratitude" Lecture Thurs., 5/24 2:30:00 PM
 

Diana Butler Bass (New – Unedited)

Author, Speaker, and Independent Scholar specializing in American religion and culture.

Diana holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015) and the widely influential Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012). Her other books include A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009), nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award, and the best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (2006) which was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY.

Diana regularly speaks at conferences, consults with religious organizations, leads educational events for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues. She writes at The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR.

From 1995 to 2000, she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate. She is a contributing editor for Sojourners Magazine has written widely in the religious press, including Christian Century, Clergy Journal, and Congregations.

From 2002 to 2006, she was the Project Director of a national Lilly Endowment-funded study of mainline Protestant vitality—a project featured in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Butler Bass is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York. She also serves on the board of Public Religion Research and is an advisor on the project for a National Museum of American Religion in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, Dr. Butler Bass has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and the Virginia Theological Seminary in subjects ranging from church history, American religious history, history of Christian thought, to religion and politics, religion and race, and congregational studies.

She and her family live in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Luke Powery "Pledging Allegiance", Matthew 22:15-22 Sermon Fri., 5/25 8:30:00 AM

Luke A. Powery (New - Unedited)

Dean of Duke University Chapel & Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Divinity School

The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. A national leader in the theological study of the art of preaching (homiletics), Powery regularly delivers sermons at Duke Chapel as well as at churches throughout the United States and abroad. He is often a keynote speaker and lecturer at educational institutions, conferences, symposia, and retreats.

His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written three books: Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in PreachingDem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope; and his latest book Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals. He has also co-authored an introductory textbook on preaching, Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place, and is currently working on the second in the series of meditations on the Spirituals, this time for the season of Lent. He is also a general editor of a forthcoming nine volume lectionary commentary series for preaching and worship titled, Connections. Powery was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada and the United States. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, for which he has served as Secretary; the American Academy of Religion; and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. Powery served as a member of the executive lectionary team for The African-American Lectionary and is the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships and awards. In 2008, the African-American Pulpit named him one of 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping shape the future direction of the church. More recently, in 2014, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for his ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. He is married to Gail Powery, and the couple has two children.

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Anna Carter Florence "Blessings for the Latter Days, Job 42:1-17" Sermon Fri., 5/25 11:00:00 PM

Anna Carter Florence (New -Unedited)

Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching, Columbia Theological Seminary

Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale University and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.).  Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Dr. Florence served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Her books include Preaching as Testimony, Inscribing the Word, and Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community (Eerdmans, 2018), based on her 2012 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School; her current book project is ‘A’ is for Alabaster: A Preacher’s Alphabet.  She has also published numerous articles and chapters in books and journals, including a year’s worth of lectionary text commentaries for www.WorkingPreacher.com

Dr. Florence’s research focuses on testimony, preaching pedagogies, and creative strategies for communities to engage and encounter the biblical text, so she is happiest when sitting around a table with a group of people, a big passage of scripture, and a big block of time to dive into it.  She is a frequent teacher and lecturer in the U.S. and abroad.  She and her husband, the Rev. David Carter Florence, have two grown sons.  They also have two dogs, two cats, a flock of chickens, and way too much knitting yarn.    

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Cory Booker -TBA - Talk Tues., 5/22 4:30:00 PM
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