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We are looking forward to presentations by Rev Dr. Rebecca Voelkel, Rev Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, Rev Dr. Jenny Moran and others!  With each session we will hear from the speaker and have time to discuss and develop our own thoughts and plans for prophetic preaching together.


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Sep 24, 2020 - Rev. DeWayne L. Davis
Oct 22, 2020 - Rev Dr. Rebecca Voelkel
Dec 3, 2020 - Rev. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung 
Jan 28, 2020 - Case Studies
Feb 25, 2021 - Rev Dr. Jenny Moran
Mar. 18, 2021 - Rev Dr. Karoline Lewis
April 22, 2010 - Group Work
May 27, 2021 - Speaker TBD

Sep. 24, 2020

PRESENTER: Rev. DeWayne L. Davis

TITLE: Hallmarks of Prophetic Preaching

DESCRIPTION: Davis will outline the seven hallmarks of prophetic preaching, look at a working definition of prophetic preaching, and offer the questions/considerations that must be raised up for the prophetic task.

BIO: Davis is the Senior Pastor of All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church since 2013, is a cleric ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) in 2012, with expertise in social justice analysis, advocacy, and organizing. Rev. Davis previously served as the Domestic Policy Analyst in The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations. Prior to his transition to professional ministry, Rev. Davis served as legislative aid for U. S. Representatives Peter Visclosky (IN) and Chet Edwards (TX) and as Appropriations Committee aid to Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), advising and managing such public policy issues as LGBTQ rights, transportation, health care, financial services, housing, judiciary, and law enforcement.  Following his service in government. Rev. Davis holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Howard University (1993) and an M.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park (1998). Rev. Davis received his Master of Divinity degree with honors from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 2012. He received Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 2020.

Oct 22, 2020 

PRESENTER: Rev Dr. Rebecca Voelkel

TITLE: Exegesis, Social Location and the Organizing Necessary to Prepare the Soil for Prophetic Preaching.

DESCRIPTION: Prophetic Preaching isn't a solitary act done in isolation. Any preaching that is prophetic must be rooted in solid exegesis-- of the text, of the context, of the congregation and of the preacher. Exegeting the context, preacher and congregation requires an understanding of social location and power. To create the possibility for prophetic preaching, relational organizing needs to happen within a community. This session will cover each of these steps.

BIO: Rebecca M.M. Voelkel is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Justice.  Voelkel was Interim Executive Director at the P-Fund Foundation; Faith Work Director for the national LGBTQ Task Force; Interim national Coordinator for the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns; pastor at Spirit of the Lakes UCC in Minneapolis, MN; Program Staff for the center for the prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is the author of Carnal Knowledge of God: Embodied Love and the movement for Justice among other publications. And she is a seasoned activist. . Voelkel offers a theological vision of embodied love, informed by her own experience, research, and pastoral and organizing work with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender-queer person. Voelkel is a graduate of Earlham College, Yale Divinity School and DMin from United theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Dec 3, 2020

PRESENTER: Rev. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung 

TITLE: Preaching While White: How a White Pastor Approaches Preaching in the Struggle for Racial Justice.

DESCRIPTION: “Where do you start? What do you include? How much personal narrative? What scripture is essential? Where does one find the best resources: commentaries, illustrations, etc? What action does one call for? 

BIO: DeYoung is the CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches, a statewide organization representing twenty-five Protestant communions from the historic black church, mainline denominations, peace churches, and Greek Orthodox working in strong partnership with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Twin Cities and interfaith communities. The current programmatic emphasis includes racial justice, interfaith relations, and refugee services. Previously he was the Executive Director of the historic racial justice organization Community Renewal Society in Chicago and the inaugural Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul.

DeYoung earned degrees from the University of St. Thomas and Howard University School of Divinity. He has extensive relationships among activists and peacemakers in South Africa and the Holy Land. He is an author and editor of twelve books on reconciliation, interfaith social justice activism, racism, and cultural diversity. His most recent book is the co-authored Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture, and Religion (Fortress, 2019).

Jan 28, 2020 – Case Studies

Feb. 25, 2021

PRESENTER: Rev Dr. Jenny Moran


DESCRIPTION: How a jubilee homiletic is a crucial part of embodying liberation from textual interpretations that have prioritized those who are privileged, so that we

may reclaim scripture as a source of freedom.

BIO: The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Moran is the Director of Chaplaincy at Auburn Homes and Services in Chaska, MN, and is an ordained clergyperson in the Moravian Church, North America. Rev. Moran served as pastor at a Moravian Church in the metro area for 9 years before accepting the call to specialized ministry. Rev. Moran received her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College, her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, and her Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Her thesis title is “Proclaiming Jubilee: Preaching That sets Women Free.” Rev. Moran serves on her local Moravian Church's Race Leadership Council. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Moravian Music Foundation based in Winston-Salem, NC and Bethlehem, PA, as well as the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Council of Churches in Minneapolis, MN. 

Mar. 18, 2021

PRESENTER: Rev Dr. Karoline Lewis


DESCRIPTION: Prophetic preaching demands theological integrity. This session will guide participants in crafting the core principles of their theology with the goal of homiletical authenticity and truth.

BIO: 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 A Lay Preacher’s Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon (2020), 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 book, to be released in August, is Embody: Five Steps to Leading With Integrity.

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 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 regularly authors the Dear Working Preacher column. Visit for resources on preaching, leadership, and being a woman in ministry.

April 22, 2021

Group Work

Your Prophetic Preaching Practice

Small groups will work through case studies to help each other in the process of preaching prophetically and the preachers' development. 

May 27, 2021

Speaker TBD

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September 2020
Open conversation to continue dialogue surrounding revolutionary love - including time with the author - See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur. 
This book helps us each reclaim our commitment to love and better understand what love is saying to us today.

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