Introduction to Homiletics: The Art and Craft of Sacred Speech

KlingcropPagan clergy, as all clergy, are called to speak to, for and about the religious community. An exploration of authentic preaching as a ministry of exhortation, encouragement, teaching and working with energies always present in ritual, we aim to cultivate these ministries and the individual gifts of the preacher. Emphasis is placed on identity, presence, as well as the power of story within narrative and non-narrative preaching. Explore the preparation and delivery of messages in sacred context and the understanding of what it means to speak and proclaim truth from an authentic sense of the community’s values that inspires, edifies, and challenges others. Course code M5900.

Instructor: David Kling

Class Meetings: Tuesdays 7 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

Proctor, Samuel D. The Certain Sound of the Trumpet: Crafting a sermon of authority. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press. 1994

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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