A Fresh Word: Joyful Preaching with Rev. Susan Sparks (Union Theological Seminary)
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

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Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

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Emily Odom

“A Fresh Word” (formerly Got Sermon?), brings the gifts of our faculty to our alumni/ae, students, neighbors, and friends who primarily serve congregations in ministries of preaching. Click here to view the flyer.

Karl Barth said that “Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.” Why not leverage the power of this great gift of humor in preaching and ministry? Join Rev. Susan Sparks—trial lawyer, turned standup comedian and Baptist minister—for an entertaining and instructive afternoon on how humor can transform preaching, strengthen pastoral care, and inspire hope and reconciliation. Rev. Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. She is Senior Minister of Madison Ave. Baptist Church. “Joyful Preaching: Laugh Your Way to Grace” will also feature Dr. David Carr, Professor of Old Testament, and Shola Adegbite, Ph.D. Student in New Testament.

Tickets are $50. The cost of the event includes lunch and light refreshments. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Schedule for October 25, 2019

8:30 am

9:00 am
Opening Devotions
with members of the Disability Justice Student Caucus  

9:15 am
Exegesis of Advent Old Testament Lectionary Texts from
with Dr. David Carr

10:45 am

11:00 am
Exegesis of Advent New Testament Texts
with Shola Adegbite

12:30 pm

1:30 pm:
Joyful Preaching
with Rev. Susan Sparks

2:45 pm

3:00 pm
Joyful Preaching (continued)
with Rev. Susan Sparks

4:30 pm
Closing Prayer