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2021 Meeting Schedule


Annual Meeting, December 2-4, 2021


Hosted by Christian Theological Seminary


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)


Wednesday, DECEMBER 1

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST—Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics Meeting


Thursday, DECEMBER 2

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST—Registration

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

Moderator: Scott Donahue-Martens (Boston University School of Theology)

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: Marvin A. McMickle (Howard University)

Respondent 1: Edgar “Trey” Clark 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: Jaocb D. Myers (Columbia Theological Seminary)
Moderator: Danny Roman-Gloro (Asbury Theological Seminary; AOH Executive Committee)

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

11:15 am - 12:15 pm -- Special Session: Publisher's Roundtable with Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm (Editor, Homiletic)

Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm, Editor of Homiletic, will discuss the publishing process, timeline, and editorial policies guiding submissions to Homiletic. This session will include time for your questions about submitting articles, the jury process, and writing for journals.

Moderator: Susan McGurgan (Mount St. Mary's Seminary; AOH Executive Committee)
Moderator: Rob O'Lynn (Kentucky Christian University/Fuller Theological Seminary; AOH Executive Committee)

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 (Norway School of Theology, Religion, and Society; Olso, Norway)
Respondent 2: Jin Bong Choi (Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary; Seoul, Korea)
Moderator: HyeRan Kim-Cragg (Emmanuel College; AOH Executive Committe)

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

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

Preacher: Debra Mumford (Louisville Presbyterian Seminary; AOH Executive Committe)