Preaching Hope for a Weary World

May 15 - 18, 2023


Minneapolis, MN

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We’re offering a FREE livestream version as well. Register here.

"Preaching Hope for a Weary World"

“Preaching Hope for a Weary World” is the Festival’s response to the hardships and heaviness that have been our reality the last few years. 

From a pandemic, to protests, to politics, and polarization; from wars, to gun violence, and climate change catastrophes, what is our call to preach? 


Surprisingly, in looking back over Festival themes there has never been a focus on hope. Yet, who better to name hope into our world than preachers? 

We believe in a hope that defies all odds. A hope that speaks of new life amid death. A hope that reaches for justice amid inequity. A hope that knows the promise of God’s righteousness amid fear and despair. 

The Festival of Homiletics 2023 will inspire us to a renewed sense of our radical calling. 

Our weary world needs us, preachers. Hope wins.

Come renew, refresh, and recharge your spirit!


Karoline Lewis, Program Director
Festival of Homiletics

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What's the Festival Like?

The Festival of Homiletics is like summer camp for preachers.

During the Festival, you’ll hear from outstanding preachers from diverse backgrounds, traditions, and ministry settings. You’ll participate in passionate worship, dive deep with preaching master classes, and fellowship with preaching colleagues from around the world.

This year, in-person attendance is capped at 1,200 to maintain rigorous safety protocols—but even if you can’t join us in person, you can still participate!

Choose from a free or premium version of the online Festival—or better yet, come to Minneapolis for a celebration of preaching you won’t forget.

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Opens November 1, 2022


Minneapolis, MN
$ 345
  • In-person fellowship with your colleagues
  • Live interaction with preachers and workshop leaders
  • Access to recordings automatically included this year!
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Digital Access

Get every session
$ 95
  • All sessions livestreamed starting on May 15, 2023
  • Video and audio recordings available—go back and rewatch!
  • A private virtual community to enjoy the Festival with friends
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Looking for our FREE livestream option? Register here.

Meet the Speakers

Edgardo Colón-Emeric
John Wesley Fellow and Assistant Professor of Christian Theology, Duke Divinity School
Amy-Jill Levine
Mary Jane Werthan University Professor of Jewish Studies and University Professor of New Testament Studies, Emerita
Leah Gunning Francis
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology: Christian Theological Seminary
James C. Howell
Senior Pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, N.C.; Adjunct Professor of Preaching, Duke Divinity School
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Dean of Duke University Chapel & Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Divinity School
Rolf Jacobson
Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Old Testament and the Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology and Ministry, Luther Seminary
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Founding & Senior Pastor; Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, GA
Richard Ward
Fred B. Craddock Professor Emeritus, Phillips Seminary
Peter W. Marty
Editor/Publisher of The Christian Century magazine & Senior Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church

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