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Fosdick Lecture on Preaching

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969), the founding minister of Riverside Church in New York City, was regarded by Martin Luther King, Jr., as ‘‘the greatest preacher of this century.” One of liberal Protestantism’s most influential voices, Fosdick was a proponent of ecumenical Christianity, pacifism, and civil rights, whose radio sermons and writings reached millions. 

Since 2016, Augsburg Campus Ministry has hosted the Fosdick Lecture on Preaching. Gifted preachers and storytellers have shared their insights on preaching and topics important to them.

Shall the Christian Nationalists Win?

Presenter: Rev. Barbara Lundblad Rev. Barbara Lundblad

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
625 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Rev. Barbara Lundblad addressed one of Harry Emerson Fosdick’s most well-known sermons from 1922: “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” Would he preach it today? Would we? What are the loudest Christian voices in the United States? Join us as we reclaim our voices for the sake of the Gospel.


Recording of the 2024 Fosdick Lecture on Preaching


About our Speaker:

Barbara Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She received a B.A. in English from Augustana College, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a D.D. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and served 17 years as a parish pastor in New York City. She has been a campus pastor at Lehman College and New York University and has taught homiletics at several schools, including Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and in the D.Min. program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. She also served as president of the Academy of Homiletics and in 2014 the Academy honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is the author of two books, Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change (2001) and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense (2007) which grew out of the Beecher Lectures she delivered at Yale Divinity School. In 2010 she received the YDS Alumni Award for Excellence in Theological Education. She is currently the editor of “Preaching Helps,” a regular feature of the journal Currents in Theology and Mission.


Previous Fosdick Lectures

2016   William Kent Krueger, Minnesota Author, “Storied by God”

2017   Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Minister, Riverside Church, “Good New/Bad News: Preaching the Gospel and the Headlines”

2018   Rev. Mark Hanson, Founding Director of Interfaith at Augsburg, “Unbind Them! Let Them Go! Preaching Resurrection Hope”

2021   Rev. Dr. David Lose, Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, “Does Preaching Still Matter? More than Ever!”  The 2021 Fosdick Lecture is available on YouTube.

2022   Rev. Ingrid Rasmussen, Lead Pastor, and Rev. Angela Khabeb, Senior Associate Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, “Preaching in a Time of Crisis.”

2023   Senator John Marty and Mindy Greiling, “Hearing. Helping. Healing our Neighbors with Mental Health Challenges” Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Religious Communities.” The 2023 Fosdick Lecture is available on YouTube.


Previous Lectures