We, the co-editors of the International Journal of Homiletics along with the entire Editorial Board, are
glad to present the third volume of our journal – containing six articles and a “Homiletical Squib”
written by scholars from the United States, Korea, and South Africa.
“We are very grateful for a great conference!” says Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm, President of the 2018 Conference of the Societas Homiletica that was held at The Divinity School of Duke University, NC, 3-8th of August on “Fearing God in a Fear-Filled World? Homiletical Explorations”. The keynotes, responses, and selected papers will be published soon in the International Journal of Homiletics.
During the business meeting at the end of the conference 21 new members were elected. Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm passed the Presidentship on to Alexander Deeg, who was elected unanimously by the body of members. Alexander Deeg is holding the Chair of Practical Theology in Leipzig/Germany and is the director of the Institute of Liturgical Science at the Faculty of Theology. Deeg has been on the board of Societas Homiletica since the Wittenberg conference in 2012 where he has served as the International Secretary. The post of International Secretary is now held by Theo Pleizier, Ass. Prof. of Practical Theology at the Protestant Theological University, Groningen/Netherlands, Anne Gidion, Rector of the Pastoralkolleg of the Nordkirche in Ratzeburg/Germany was elected as the new treasurer and Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen, Ass. Prof. of Practical Theology at the University of Copenhagen/Denmark now serves as the Webmanager. As new board members at large were elected: Literary Zoltan, Ass.Prof. of homiletics at Károli Gáspár University/Budapest and Ian Nell, Prof. of practical theology at Stellenbosch University/South Africa.
We are already now looking forward to our upcoming conference, which will be held in Budapest, Hungary, in August 2020. We will update you on the homepage about the theme and the registration for this conference.
Duke, Durham/NC August 2018
Alexander Deeg Anne Gidion Theo Pleizier Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen
President Treasurer International Secretary International Webmanager
Fear is both a theological theme and an existential reality. “The fear of God” is at the heart of biblical wisdom (e.g., Prov. 1:1-7), including a sense of wonder, reverence, and respect that humankind may offer to God in response to divine sovereignty and glory. At the same time, many different kinds of fear run rampant in our world, including fears related to the rise of nationalism and political corruption, violence and the threat of violence, changes in our religious landscapes, religious extremism, refugees, persons of different ethnic identities, socio-economic difficulties, climate crises, and natural disasters. How do we recognize, identify, and address fear as teachers and preachers of homiletics who experience and encounter fear of different kinds? What are the conversations we need to develop and the topics we need to debate? How do we facilitate theological and practical engagement with the fears that we experience not only as individuals but from our students and in our churches, neighborhoods, nations, and world? When is it wise to recall the biblical promise, “Do not fear…” in our preaching? How do we describe and develop homiletical spaces in which fear needs to be expressed? Please join our deliberations and conversations about fearing God in a fear-filled world as we meet at the Duke University Divinity School on 3-8 August, 2018.
President of Societas Homiletica