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Academy of Homiletics

51st Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX

November (16), 17-19, 2016



Members of the Academy,

The Workgroup Papers and the Homiletical Theology Project Papers for this year’s meeting are now available on our website. We all owe a great deal of thanks to Patrick Johnson for all his work formatting these for pdf, Kindle, and other e-readers! You can access the papers by logging in at The papers can then be found under the Meetings tab.

Once you see the papers, you are definitely going to want to register for the fifty-first annual meeting of the Academy. With the early bird registration deadline is just around the corner (Oct 31!), we want to encourage you to register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Here are the Top Ten reasons you need to be there this year:

        10.       This is the 2nd year of ongoing discussion about the future of the guild. We need your voice.

          9.       This is the first year we are experimenting with a schedule that allots twice as much time to attending different workgroups.

          8.       Publishers’ displays. (You know you always need {want} one more book.)

          7.       Great preaching and worship led by our own members: Lisa Thompson, Cláudio Carvalhaes, and Wes Allen.

          6.       Conference hotel room rates extend into the dates for SBL/AAR.

          5.       You’ll get the chance to watch a panel of our own members—Cláudio Carvalhaes, Deborah Organ, Ted Smith, & Lisa Thompson—squirm as we ask them how they deal with taboos in preaching. (It will be more fun than watching the presidential debates.)

          4.       Our own Frank Thomas will be offering the keynote address.

          3.       At our Saturday luncheon, we will award Christine M. Smith the Lifetime Achievement Award.

          2.      There are two co-presidents who will miss you very much if you’re not there.

And the number one reason you need to register for the Academy of Homiletics today is:

  1. San Antonio!

We know that many institutional travel budgets are tight and that your calendars are bursting at the seams. But we do really hope you can join us at this year’s meeting.

Wes Allen & Lucy Hogan