January 21-23, 2019
Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad
Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she taught for seventeen years. She received a B.A. from Augustana College and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, as well as several honorary doctorates, including the Lutheran
School of Theology at Chicago. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served for sixteen years as pastor of Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church in upper Manhattan. While teaching at Union she also served as Pastoral Associate at Advent Lutheran Church.
A preacher on The Protestant Hour radio program (now Day 1) since 1983, Professor Lundblad has appeared on the Chicago Evening Club television series “30 Good Minutes.” She has preached in hundreds of congregations and universities; has lectured extensively in this country and internationally; and has given the Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School and other major conferences. She is the author of Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. In addition, she has written articles for Christianity & Crisis, Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, The Living Pulpit, Word and World, and Currents in Theology and Mission. In 2014 the Academy of Homilectics honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Reverend Lundblad has held many leadership positions in the Lutheran church, including the ELCA Church Council, and has been a strong advocate for the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the church. Dr. Lundblad is passionate about preaching as an embodied art form that can bear a word of life or death to those who listen.
Theme: “Spreading Manure in the Sanctuary: Preaching to Enliven Faith”
Taking our cue from the Gospel for the Third Sunday in Lent (Luke 13: 1 – 9), we will borrow Jesus’ metaphor of digging around the fig tree and putting down manure to discern how our preaching can enliven faith within our communities. More specifically we will consider Preaching in the Midst of Pluralism; Preaching Across the Divides; Preaching Words Nobody Wants to Hear; and special attention to Preaching Lent and Easter in the Year of Luke. We will dig deeply, use all our senses, consider new sermon forms, and help one another be manure spreaders (even if that sounds messy).
Byberg Chaplain: Rev. David Eppelsheimer
David Eppelsheimer is a native Oregonian who served in North Dakota for a while
before returning to the Northwest in September 2011. He serves as pastor of Community of Christ Church in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he and his wife, Rhonda, live along with two huskies, and a very old cat.