Lyman Beecher Lectures

One of the most distinguished lecture series on preaching in the world, the Lyman Beecher Lectureship was founded in 1871 by a gift from Henry W. Sage of Brooklyn, N.Y., as a memorial to "the great divine whose name it bears," to sponsor an annual series of lectures on a topic appropriate to the work of the ministry. For a full description and a complete catalog of all the lectures, from 1871 onward, click here.

2018

Charles L. Campbell’82 S.T.M., Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School

“The Scandal of the Gospel: Preaching and the Grotesque”

2017

Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, South African liberation theologian, human rights activist, former Desmond Tutu Chair at CTS

“One More River to Cross – Black Liberation Theology, Black Preaching, and Unanswered Challenges – An Initial Response”

2016

Thomas Troeger, Lantz Professor Emeritus, Yale Divinity School/Institute of Sacred Music

“The End of Preaching”

2015

Alyce M. McKenzie, George W. and Nell Ayers Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (SMU)

“Making a Scene in the Pulpit: Vivid Sermons for Visual Listeners”

  • Lecture I: The Church’s Banquet (October 21)
  • Lecture II: The Preacher as Scene-Maker (October 22)
  • Lecture III: The Scenic Sermon (October 23)

2014

Otis Moss III, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago)

“The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post-Soul World"

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

2013

Robyn R, Meyers, Senior Minister, Mayflower Congregational UCC Church (Oklahoma City)

"UNDONE: Faith as Resistance to Ego, Orthodoxy, and Empire"

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

2012

Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching, Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Georgia)

“The Word in the Repertory Church”

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

2011

Brian K.  Blount, President, Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond, Virginia)

“Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection through the Lens of Apocalyptic Eschatology”

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

2010

Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

"Words of Spirit and Life"

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

2009

Eugene L. Lowry, William K. McElvaney Professor of Preaching Emeritus, Saint Paul School of Theology (Leawood, Kansas)

"Keeping Time with the Word: The Sound of the Sermon"

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

2008

Renita J. Weems, Biblical Scholar, Author, Minister

"Preaching Against the Grain: Recovering the Voices of Those from the Underside of History"

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

2007

Peter S. Hawkins, Professor of Religion, Boston University

"The Preacher's Divine Comedy"

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

Published as Undiscovered Country: Imagining the World to Come (New York: Seabury Books, 2009)

2006

Thomas G. Long, Banding Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

“Preaching from Memory to Hope”

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

Published as Preaching from Memory to Hope (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009)

2005

Harry S. Stout, Professor of American Christianity, Yale University

"Preaching Morality in America's Civil War"

2004

Otis Moss, Jr., Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church (Cleveland, Ohio)

“Preaching as Prophetic Ministry”

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Audio CDs available for purchase from the YDS Student Book Supply

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