Monday, March 07, 2005

The season of preaching conferences approaches

The season of preaching conferences (at least in the U.S.) is upon us. Here are five that promise to be worthwhile.

Preaching Magazine's National Conference on Preaching will be held April 18-20 in Nashville. The theme of this year's conference is "Preaching With Passion." Among the presenters is one of my two most favorite preachers, Will Willimon.

Festival of Homiletics 2005, sponsored by The Christian Century and others, will be held May 16-20 in Chicago. This year's theme is "Preaching and Living the Sermon with Sacred Storytelling." Speakers include the other one of my two most favorite preachers, Fred Craddock.

Rochester College's Sermon Seminar 2005 will be held May 23-25 in Rochester, Michigan. The theme this year is "Who Are You? Preaching Mark's Unsettling Messiah." Presenters include Morna Hooker and Fred Craddock. I plan to attend this one if I'm able.

Montreat's annual preaching conference will be May 30-June 3 in Montreat, N.C. This year's theme is "Telling the Truth in a World of Denial." I'm not familiar with any of the presenters, but I do know that Walter Brueggemann is on the planning team. And the conference theme is a powerful one.

Cathedral College in Washington, D.C., is holding a series of preaching seminars this spring. Here's a sample: "Preaching the Just Word" (April 10-15), "Preaching that Connects the Seminary, the Sanctuary, and the Streets" (April 25-29), "The Pulpit as a Playground for the Spirit: Whatever Happened to Delight" (May 16-20), "Jesus as God's Parable: Preaching the Gospel of Mark" (May 23-27). There are more.

Please let me know if there are other conference to highlight on this page--particularly any that you may know about in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, or elsewhere.


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