Byberg Preaching Workshop 2020


Byberg Preaching Workshop 2020

January 27-29, 2020

Registration is in two parts:

Part One:  Conference registration for program and meals; link is up and running on Registration page. 

Part Two: Best Western Ocean View in Seaside, hotel info is also  on registration page,

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Karoline M. Lewis, Ph.D.

 Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, where she has taught since 2007.

Lewis is the author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD) and John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She was one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign ( Her next two books are Embody: Five Steps to Leading With Integrity and A Lay Preacher’s Guide: Eight Steps Toward Crafting a Faithful Sermon (both in May 2020).

Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics). She has served as Treasurer of Academy of Homiletics and Regional Coordinator for the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature. Lewis is the Program Director of the Festival of Homiletics and Chair-Elect of the Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Lewis leads conferences, workshops, and retreats internationally on the Gospel of John, the New Testament, interpreting the Bible, preaching, leadership, and women in ministry. She is a contributing writer for Working Preacher, co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave, and authored the Dear Working Preacher column for five years. Visit for resources on preaching and being a woman in ministry.

Theme: “Conversation Matters: Preaching John in Matthew's Lent”

What does a preacher do with Lent Year A when faced with four of the most important passages in John? Especially when you have been doing just fine preaching through Matthew? Our time this year at the Byberg Conference will focus on the homiletical possibilities of these texts, with a larger vision cast toward the particularities and sensitivities when it comes to preaching on the Fourth Gospel. Time spent with these rich and wonderful stories will not only speak about the meaning of faith to your congregations, but will also enrich your own sense of call as a preacher.

Presentation One: The Conversation Between Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-17; 2nd Sunday in Lent)

Presentation Two: The Conversation Between Jesus and the Woman at the Well (John 4:5-42; 3rd Sunday in Lent)

Presentation Three: The Conversation Between Jesus and the Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41; 4th Sunday in Lent)

Presentation Four: The Conversation Between Jesus and Martha (John 11:1-45; 5th Sunday in Lent)

AND Serving as Chaplain: 

Kristy Daniels is serving in her second call at Church of Steadfast Love in Compass Housing Alliance, Pioneer Square, Seattle.  She has been at COSL for 12 years.  She grew up in Washington and attended Pacific Lutheran University.  She majored in Sociology and Social Work.  From PLU she attended Luther in St. Paul.  In her free time she like to read, knit, sew, and garden.  Some of the things that she truly enjoys about her current ministry setting are the diversity, how grateful people are, the visible formation of community, and how active the congregation is in the synod.

Musician: Glen Aaberg

Peer Panel Conversation: “Preaching on the Margins” Monday Jan 26, 7:00-8:30 pm

Peer presenters will speak from their experience serving marginalized settings in each of our four synods – exploring how their settings shape the form and content of preaching, and how good news is expressed and shared in their context. Roundtable group conversations will follow.

Pastor Kristy Daniels is serving in her second call at Church of Steadfast Love in Compass Housing Alliance, Pioneer Square, Seattle -- a missional congregation of the ELCA which worships bilingually in Spanish and English. This congregation ministers to folks in Pioneer Square and others hungry for the Word in this highly urban setting.

Pastor Gail Hart serves two rural congregations along the scenic Clearwater River in Washington: Ascension in Orofino, and Faith in Kamiah. These towns are on the historic Nez Perce Tribe Reservation. They have relied primarily on the logging industry and traditional family farms and ranches. As four large lumber mills have closed and most smaller farms are having difficulty staying profitable, the people, churches and towns have shown resilience and perseverance.

Pastor Chris Ode serves Living Stones Prison Congregation, a ministry of the ELCA centered within the Washington Corrections Center (Shelton) that brings together volunteers, visitors, and men currently experiencing incarceration for worship and community. He spends his time ministering directly to the members of the congregation, developing reentry resources and opportunities, and sharing stories from "the inside" with outside congregations and community groups.

Pastor Matthew Littau serves Church of the Living Waters in Burns, Oregon - in his own words, here are some highlights of his ministry there - We worship together, Sundays at 12:30 pm with opening prayers from a Paiute elder most times. We pray over prayer concerns together, and also have open conversations (including at Sermon time). Every Sunday after worship, the community eats in the parish hall. The church is located on the Burns-Paiute Reservation, and the membership is Paiute, Hispanic, African American, and European- a real mixture from all arenas. The Gospel is for everyone. The Church is known for its worship band which took second place at the 2019 Harney County Fair talent show. The congregation struggles with need, as well, a need for funds, a new floor, energy efficient windows, and maybe a wood stove for winter and an air conditioner for summer. There are needs also for a walkway cover and handicapped ramp.