Highlights from Opening Night at #Homiletics2019

Central Lutheran Church sanctuary

Hundreds gathered for worship in Central Lutheran Church’s beautiful sanctuary as Karoline Lewis introduced this year’s theme, inspired by Frank A. Thomas’ book How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon. Instead of playing it safe in the pulpit, what does it mean to be a voice for moral imagination in our world right now?  Attendees were welcomed into worship, […]

Worship bulletins for 2019 Festival

Festival of Homiletics program cover

In an effort to reduce paper waste, there are not print versions of the worship bulletins at the 2019 Festival of Homiletics. All bulletin materials will be projected on screens in the worship areas, available to view on mobile devices via the Festival App, and accessible below for advance printing. You can access all PDF bulletins […]

Offering Recipients

statue of a figure holding a bowl filled with food

Friday morning offering Offering from the Friday 11am Worship Service at Central Lutheran Church will go to the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness shared project to provide Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA).  Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) is a program of the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) to provide personal support and funds to stop folks from being […]

Faith to Save the Planet

Brian McLaren

If you’re in town early for the Festival, head over to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church on May 12 at 7 p.m. for “Faith to Save the Planet: An Evening with Brian McLaren.” Free general admission tickets are at https://hennepinmclaren.eventbrite.com This free evening event will inspire attendees to respond to climate change from a faith perspective. […]

Vendor Spotlight


We welcome the following sponsors and vendors to the 2019 Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis! Be sure to check out their products. Vendor Hours: Tuesday, May 14 7:30 a.m – Friday, May 17 noon Westminster Presbyterian Church The Sponsors are located in the first floor lobby of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Cokesbury Bookstore will be located […]

Morning Coffee Break Sponsors


Many thanks to our Morning Break Coffee and Snacks Sponsors for #Homiletics2019! Educational Opportunities Tours Since 1974, Educational Opportunities has been dedicated to providing quality Christian travel programs at an affordable price. Over the years, more than 400,000 Christians have traveled on the various faith-based tours. From its inception, EO incorporated elements of Christian learning […]

Many Thanks to our Sponsors!

Festival of Homiletics

Check out the Platinum Sponsors for #Homiletics2019!  Thrivent Financial  Thrivent is a not-for-profit financial services organization that helps Christians on their Wise With Money Journey to attain a life of contentment, confidence and generosity. https://www.thrivent.com/  Sojourners Sojourners magazine and online publication will be leading a presentation on leaders of different faiths, followed by a brief […]

Download the FREE Festival app!

Festival of Homiletics app home screen

Get ready for this year’s Festival of Homiletics. You can access the schedule, sponsors and docs from your mobile device. Bulletins and maps will be added to the app as soon as they are available.  Visit my.yapp.us/HOMILETICS on your mobile device and you’ll be taken to your app store to download (for free) Yapp, the platform that’s […]

For All the Saints


And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.Alleluia! Alleluia!William W. How, “For All the Saints.” We know that Christ has triumphed over death, but on this All Saints Sunday when our hearts may be breaking amidst the long warfare […]

Remarks by Sen. Cory Booker (audio)

Senator Cory Booker

U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey addressed Festival of Homiletics participants on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Thanks to Abila Freestone Learning Management System for audio recording Sen. Booker’s session. Recordings of the other 2018 Festival of Homiletics sessions are available for purchase now. 

Remarks by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (audio)

Senator Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts addressed Festival of Homiletics participants on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Watch the video on Facebook Thanks to Elizabeth McLean for sharing her audio recording of Sen. Warren’s remarks. Recordings of all 2018 Festival of Homiletics sessions are available for purchase now.

True Tales of Faith and Wonder, Rocking the Flock with Stories: Geraldine Buckley

Geraldine Buckley

Wednesday, participants enjoyed a lovely evening of storytelling from Geraldine Buckley on “True Tales of Faith and Wonder.” Buckley shared stories from her time as a chaplain in a prison in Maryland and the workings of the Spirit through the hospitality of a cup of tea. Those gathered were drawn into her gift for narrative […]

Identity Politics and the Pentecost Paradigm: Wisdom from Jacqui Lewis

Jacqui Lewis

Worship began at 10am with Jacqui Lewis at National City Christian Church, “Identity Politics,” Matthew 6:9-14. Liturgy was led by Josh Sommerville and Scott Simmons with music as a mashup with the Fleshpots of Egypt and Josh Sommerville. Lewis’ sermon was captivating with her embodied style of preaching as she led those gathered from images […]