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Preaching Today Conference 2021

Preaching Today – the third conference on this theme hosted by Ascend and New College, University of Edinburgh – will take place on Monday 19 April, 11:00-16:00, online. Please join us for a day of thought-provoking talks and small group conversations: time to reflect together on what it means to preach today.

A recording of this event is now available via the link below:


Please find the relevant timestamps for each session below. Please note that discussions in breakout groups are not recorded. 

Welcoming and Introduction 

Revd Prof Susan Hardman Moore

Preaching Promise in a Time of Lament (00:08:30 - 01:01:31)

Introduction from Prof Alison Jack (00:08:30)

Revd Canon Dr Rachel Mann: preacher, poet, writer, philosopher, Rector of St Nicholas, Burnage, Manchester (00:09:13)

Breakout groups (not recorded)  (00:31:12)

Plenary session (00:51:54)

Too Close for Comfort? Preaching by Video (01:09:26 - 02:05:10)

Introduction from Prof Jolyon Mitchell (01:09:26)

Revd Dr Marjory MacLean of South Ronaldsay + Burray Parish Church and Development Officer, Presbytery of Orkney (01:11:40)

Revd Neil Glover of Aberfeldy Parish Church (01:21:38)

Breakout groups (not recorded) (01:32:31)

Plenary session (01:52:01)

A Glint, a Dewy Wisp, a Mote – Preaching and Poetry (02:33:41 - 03:23:59)

Introduction from Revd Prof Susan Hardman Moore (02:33:41)

The Very Revd Dr Russell Barr: Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2016, former minister of Cramond Kirk, Edinburgh (02:34:31)

Breakout groups (not recorded) (02:51:40)

Plenary session (03:12:55)

Repairers of the Breach: Preaching in the Post-Pandemic Church (03:33:34 - 04:13:56)

Introduction from Prof Joshua Ralston (03:33:34)

Revd Professor Sally A. Brown: Elizabeth M. Engle Professor of Preaching and Worship, Princeton Theological Seminary (03:35:20)

Breakout groups (not recorded) (03:58:53)

Plenary session (04:02:12) 

Closing of Conferences by Karen Campbell (04:14:20)