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2019 Meeting Schedule


Annual Meeting, Dec 5-7, 2019

The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, New Jersey


WEDNESDAY, December 4    “Pre-meeting” arrivals

                       C.A.T.H., Black Caucus, and Academy of Homiletics Executive Committee

THURSDAY, December 5

3:00 PM         Registration table opens, The Heldrich Hotel

4:30 PM         Welcome and Opening Worship

          United Methodist Church of New Brunswick, across street from The Heldrich Hotel

          (1 minute walking time)

          Preacher:  Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert, Howard University

5:30 PM         President’s Reception, The Heldrich Hotel

                      Dinner on your own – There are many “walkable” nearby eateries.

7:30 PM         Plenary I: "Eradicating Homiletica Myopia and the Complicit Erasure of 'Othered'                                  Intellectual Capital" 

                       Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, Candler School of Theology at Emory University


FRIDAY, December 6

8:00 AM          Hotel hospitality kiosks open

8:30-11:00      Morning Workgroups (4 half-hr presentation periods, 10 min between)

                       Detailed presentation schedules TBA

11:30 AM       Midday Worship, United Methodist Church of New Brunswick (same as Thursday)

                      Preacher: Rev. Dr Valerie Bridgeman, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

12:45 PM      Lunch (hotel buffet, no charge; included in your fees)

                      Designated table:  International Members’ Meeting

1:45-4:55       Afternoon Workgroups (5 half-hour presentations, 10 min between)

5:00 PM         Dinner on your own (reservations recommended; check on line).

6:30 PM         Buses load for African American worship at Lincoln Gardens Baptist Church,                                        Somerset, New Jersey (15-20 min ride)


SATURDAY, December 7

On your own for breakfast

7:45 AM         Buses depart for Princeton Theological Seminary (30 minute ride)

8:30 AM         Plenary II: Panel, Carolyn Helsel moderating, Mackay Campus Center

                                                            ~  Coffee station open throughout ~

                        “Where Do We Go from Here? Key Questions We Need to Be Asking”

                                    Part 1 panelists: Gerald Liu, Donyelle McCray, Andrew Wymer

                                    Part 2 panelists:  Mary Lin Hudson, John McClure

9:45 AM         Break

10:00 AM       Table group discussions (select your table by topic under discussion)

10:30 AM       Annual Business Meeting

11:30 AM       Worship, Miller Chapel

                      Preacher: Dr David Schnasa Jacobsen, Boston University School of Theology

12:30 PM       Box lunches available, Mackay Campus Center, Main Lounge

1:30-4:00        “Unmasking White Preaching” Workgroup, Cooper Lounge, Erdman Continuing                                   Education Center

                       Andrew Wymer & Lis Valle, conveners

2:00-3:30       Roundtable Discussion, Princeton Theological Seminary & Academy of Homiletics                              Faculty and Students:

                      “Classroom Whiteness: Deconstructions & Reconstructions”

                      Theron Room, Seminary Library

NOTE:           Buses will depart at intervals TBA from the library parking lot.

Conferees may also walk to the train station (8-10 min) and take the Princeton Junction shuttle train, then NJ Transit north to New Brunswick Station, at their expense. Total travel time approx 45 minutes, depending on train schedule. See and choose “Light Rail,” enter preferred departure time.

5:30 PM         Pre-Dinner Wine (single ticket provided) – Heldrich Hotel

6:00 PM         “Last Bash” Academy of Homiletics Banquet honoring retirees– no extra charge!                                  (included)*

                       The Heldrich Hotel, Ballroom

                       *Single ticket reservations for non-conferees are available, but must be reserved by                             Wednesday, November 27th  Contact:

^Downloadable PDF version of the schedule is available here.