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Festival of Theology to feature new trends in preaching

Feb 21, 2008
"Young Voices in Homiletics" is the focus of lectures, sermons, and master classes during the three-day 2008 Festival of Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, March 2-5.

The annual Festival of Theology is open to the public, and the endowed Greenhoe and Caldwell Lectureships enable Louisville Seminary to offer these outstanding learning experiences free of charge and to bring to Louisville, Ky., nationally recognized theologians, authors, teachers, and preachers. All lectures and preaching will take place in the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel on the Seminary campus.

“This year’s Festival leans into the future by featuring four individuals who are breaking new ground in preaching in the 21st Century,” says Dr. David Sawyer, an LPTS professor and director of Lifelong Learning and Advance Degrees, who has coordinated this year’s event with Director of Alum & Church Relations Rev. Leah Bradley.

Sawyer says participants will thrill to the voice of Anna Carter Florence, “who is already established as a promising young leader, teacher and writer in the field of homiletics. They will be inspired by the messages of Otis Moss III, admired by young Christians around the country and coming into his own as pastor of the prestigious Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. And they should be prepared to be challenged by the visions of LPTS’ newest professors, Claudio Carvalhaes and Debra Mumford.”

Each of them will preach, present a lecture about preaching, and provide a master class for individuals to explore their own preaching challenges with them.

In addition to the preaching, LPTS alums will be returning for renewing past friendships with other alums during the annual reunion. Reunion events will include a reflection on the current state of the Presbyterian Church (USA) with Stated Clerk Clifton Kirkpatrick, who will speak at the "Voices of the Church" dinner, March 4, 6 p.m.

The following is a brief schedule of events. For a detailed agenda, visit: www.lpts.edu/Festival.

Debra Mumford - March 2, 7 p.m. and March 3, 11;15 a.m.
Frank H. Caldwell Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Louisville Seminary
She is said to teach and preach with authority, creativity, and prophetic imagination as she guides future pastors in moving from text to sermon and from context to sermon in faithful proclamation of the Gospel.

Otis Moss III - March 3, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago
He is the author of Redemption in a Red Light District (Four-G, 1999), and his essays, articles, and poetry have appeared in Sojourners Magazine, Urban Spectrum, and African American Pulpit, which recently named him one of the “20 to watch” ministers who will shape the future of the African American church. Newsweek has cited Moss as one of “God’s Foot Soldiers committed to transforming the lives of youth.”

Anna Carter Florence - March 4, 10 and 11:15 a.m.
Professor of Preaching and Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Ga.
As a scholar and writer, her research interests are testimony, feminist theology, the role of experience in preaching, and the history of preaching women. She is the author of Preaching as Testimony (Westminster John Knox, 2007) and the editor of Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers by Walter Brueggemann (Fortress, 2004).

Claudio Carvalhaes - March 4, 2:30 p.m. and March 5, 10 a.m.
Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching, Louisville Seminary
As a theologian and artist his focus on reviving worship for the 21st century is deeply informed by an understanding of worship around the world. Carvalhaes began teaching at Louisville Seminary in the Fall of 2007, and as a much sought after speaker, writer, and consultant, he has served with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in its peacemaking and immigrant groups ministries.

All lectures, worship services, and master classes are offered free of charge. Reservations and tickets are required for some Festival and Reunion events, by contacting Carol Webb (cwebb@lpts.edu) or David Sawyer (dsawyer@lpts.edu) for Lectures and Lisa Kolb (lkolb@lpts.edu) or Leah Bradley (lbradley@lpts.edu) for the Alum Reunion. Toll free: 800.264.1839 or 502.895.3411.

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