Homiletics: The Art and Craft of Sacred Speech

Joan Virago DeArtemis, M.Div.

Many people think of  an authority figure passing judgment when they heard the words preaching or homiletics. However, in its purest form, the homiletic is a spiritual care art form intended to inspire, instruct, and motivate people. This course will highlight individuality, being present, and the influence of metaphor inside a storyline. Discover the groundwork and conveyance of messages both within and beyond the consecrated setting. Appreciate what it means to speak and declare truth from a genuine perspective that stimulates, enlightens, and dares others towards healing and a common good. Course code M5900.

Instructor: Joan DeArtemis

Class Meetings: Tuesdays 7:00 PM ET

Required Texts:

Rzepka, Jane and Ken Sawyer. Thematic Preaching: An introduction. St. Louis: Chalice Press. 2001.

Mitchell, Henry H. Black Preaching: The recovery of a powerful art. Nashville: Abingdon Press. 1990

Lowry, Eugene, L. The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form: Westminster John Knox Press. 2001.

Prerequisites: none

Fulfills: This is a required course for MDiv students in MAL and TRH in the 2014 catalog. It meets the requirement for a course in Area III for other students.

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