Thanks for joining us in Denver for "After the Storm: Preaching and Trauma"

Join us for next year's Festival of Homiletics: "Preaching Hope for a Weary World"

May 15 - 19, 2023


Minneapolis, MN

How Will You #Festival in 2022?

This year’s registration is closed – in case you missed anything you can still order the recording package!

 Watch for updates soon –

We’re offering a FREE livestream version as well. Registration closed.

Preaching After the Storm

Preachers, we are confronting a collective trauma and we have yet to realize fully its global, national, ecclesial, and individual effects. 

There’s no going back to life before the storm

So what does our preaching need to be and do going forward? 

If COVID-19 has taught us anything homiletically, it’s that trauma should be a regular part of our preaching. The Festival of Homiletics 2022 will create space for learning and conversation that honors what we have been through—and what kind of preachers we want to be as survivors of the storm. 

Christian preaching knows we can’t get to the resurrection without experiencing the cross. But COVID-19 revealed that we are less aware of what it means to preach resurrection with the cross remaining.

Come renew, refresh, and recharge your spirit!

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Karoline Lewis, 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 the Mile-High City for a celebration of preaching you won’t forget.

Past Participants Share Their Love

Register Now


Denver, CO
$ 345
  • In-person fellowship with your colleagues
  • Live interaction with preachers and workshop leaders
  • Limited tickets, enhanced cleaning, and proof of vaccination required for your safety


Premium access
$ 150
  • Access to every session live
  • Video and audio recordings of anything you miss—or want to go back and rewatch!
  • A private virtual community to enjoy the Festival with friends

Looking for our FREE livestream option? Register here >

Meet the Speakers

Deanna Thompson
Director, Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community & Martin E. Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy; St. Olaf College
Kimberly R. Wagner
Assistant Professor of Homiletics; Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair in Homiletics, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
William Barber II
President, Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign and Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, North Carolina
Lauren Winner
Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality, Duke Divinity School
Nadia Bolz-Weber
Author, Founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver & creator and host of The Confessional
Traci Blackmon
Executive Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries, UCC; Senior Pastor, Christ the King
David Howell
Consultant and Founder, Festival of Homiletics

Agenda at a Glance

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