Barbara Brown Taylor lectured this morning. Her main point was that we should preach what we practice, that preaching should arise out of our spiritual practices.
Peter Gomes lectured and preached. His lecture thesis was "the Bible is a dangerous book, the less we know about it, the more powers we ascribe to it. He had a number of good points: there is a difference between making sense and making meaning; experience instead of explanation; don't confuse the Word of God with scripture; there is a difference between preaching the Bible and preaching the good news (the Bible suggests and points to the gospel, to replace the gospel with the Bible is like mistaking the signpost for the destination); biblical preaching is always counter-cultural and edgy. The bulk of his lecture developed the theme that we pastors must create listening congregations by 1) developing a climate of expectation that something will happen today; 2) creating a climate of trust by looking for the things that heal; and 3) by developing mutual experiences by doing things together over time.
Barbara Lundblad also lectured and I really liked it. It was after lunch, though, so I was tired and fading and didn't take good notes. She mostly discussed upcoming lectionary texts and ways we might approach them.