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2021 Meeting Schedule


Annual Meeting, December 2-4, 2021

Chicago, Illinois


Dare We Dream a Preaching Renaissance!

In the difficulty of these days, some have lost belief in the power of the preaching of the gospel. Those who have confidence are often uncertain as to how and what to preach to a divided, perplexed, and confused church and nation, given the reality of systemic oppression, polarization, digital church, and the Covid-19 pandemic. In the history, depth, power, creativity, beauty, and imagination of the African American preaching tradition are untold resources that can assist the homiletical community to lead a preaching renaissance to revive Christianity in the 21st century.  

Tuesday, November 30              

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST—Black Caucus Meeting (virtual)


Thursday, DECEMBER 2

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST—Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics Meeting

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST—Registration

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST—Graduate Students Meeting

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST—Opening Worship

Preacher: Courtney Buggs (Christian Theological Seminary)

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM EST—Presidential Welcome, Introduction and Plenary Session I

Presenter: Luke Powery (Duke Chapel, Duke Divinity School)
Title: "Pneumatology and a Preaching Renaissance"

Respondent 1: Edgar “Trey” Clarke III (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Respondent 2: Jerusha Neal (Duke Divinity School)
Moderator: David Schnasa Jacobsen (Boston University School of Theology; AOH Executive Committee, 2021 Past President)

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EST—President’s Reception/Lifetime Achievement Award/Invitation to Book Exhibits



9:00 AM - 10:15 AM EST—Plenary Session 2 

Presenter: Lisa L. Thompson (Vanderbilt Divinity School)
Title: “The Womanist Homiletic and a Preaching Renaissance”

Respondent 1: Elizabeth J.A. Siwo-Okundi (Emerson College)
Respondent 2: Gerald Liu (United Methodist Church Global Board of Higher Education and Ministry)
Moderator: Danny Roman-Gloro (Asbury Theological Seminary; AOH Executive Committee, Treasurer)

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST—Work Groups (First Half of the Groups)

1:00 PM - 2:30PM EST—Lunch and Video/Response to Honor Retirees

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM EST—Work Groups (Second Half of the Groups)

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST—Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM EST—Worship Service Hosted by Black Caucus

Preacher: Christopher Davis (Memphis Theological Seminary; Black Caucus, President)



7:30 AM - 8:30 AM EST—Workgroup Leader Debrief Session         

9:00 AM - 10:15 PM EST—International Plenary Session 3

Presenter: Alfred Stephen (Tamilnadu Theological Seminary)
Theme: “A Preaching Renaissance in the Global Public Square”

Respondent 1: Linn Saebo Rystad (Olso, Norway)
Respondent 2: Jin Bong Choi (Seoul Korea)
Moderator: HyeRan Kim-Cragg (Emmanuel College; AOH Executive Committe, International Representative)

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM EST—Annual Business Meeting and Passing of the Gavel

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST—Closing Worship and Remembrance 

Preacher: Debra Mumford (Louisville Presbyterian Seminary; AOH Executive Committe, 1st Vice President)