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The Festival of Homiletics is a week-long conference that brings together a wide variety of outstanding preachers and professors of homiletics to inspire a discourse about preaching, worship and culture. Our goal is to engage theologically the practices of preaching and worship, as well as issues related to congregations in the 21st century. Individual preachers are invited to consider various styles and methodologies of preaching in the hopes that they will renew their faith and refresh their spirits through engaging worship, lectures and workshops. Throughout the week we aim to inspire preachers in their roles of proclaiming the gospel. In its 25th year, the Festival of Homiletics began in 1992 with a gathering of 400 pastors from around the country for the purpose of learning and conversing about preaching in a contemporary context. The Rev. David Howell, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, created the festival as an extension of his preaching journal Lectionary Homiletics. The Festival's ownership, leadership and planning efforts are now with Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Howell continues to assist in the Festival planning and production process in light of its new team approach.Read More



1247 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, Georgia, 30306, United States
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival Goes Virtual for 2021

The 2021 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will present virtual programming in June. The festival's presentation on the National Mall has been postponed until 2022 due to public health guidelines and planning delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival was originally scheduled to take place in late June on the National Mall. In addition to monthly digital programs online, the festival will offer a weekend of artisan-based digital programming in late June. Activities will include master...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Presents “Beyond the Mall”

This year's plans were upended by the global pandemic, but organizers of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival remain committed to making space for sharing ideas, food and music. This year it will happen online through a series of digital discussions, workshops and performances. The program schedule is available at ; weekly events occur through August and daily events June 24–July 5. Called “Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Beyond the Mall,” programming has been collab... Read

Smithsonian Announces Changes to 2019 Folklife Festival Event

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will present a two-day event this summer—a weekend program held Saturday and Sunday, June 29–30. The weekend will feature two concerts and family activities exploring the social power of music in the Washington, D.C., metro area. As in previous years, the two-day event will take place on the National Mall. Jefferson Drive will be closed to traffic between Seventh and 12th streets to accommodate the program. Outdoor concerts will be held
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Festival’s headquarters are in 1247 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, Georgia, 30306, United States

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Festival’s phone number is (404) 873-1222

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Festival’s revenue is $27 Million

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Festival’s SIC: 472,47

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Festival has 135 employees

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