In: job positions, Society news 21 Oct 2015

Yale Divinity School seeks to make a tenure track appointment in the field of homiletics, to begin July 1, 2016. The rank of the appointment may be assistant or associate professor without tenure. In an ecumenical environment Yale Divinity School prepares students for ordained ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional involvements, including higher education, law, medicine, the arts, management, and public service. See the website of Yale Divinity School for more information.

Some further information concerning our upcoming conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 11-16 March 2016.
The detailed program will be sent to all members and visitors closer to the date of the conference. We are looking forward to an interesting (and full!) program, with keynote speakers like Father Michael Lapsley, Deborah Mumfoard, Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen, and Allan Boesak. As is our custom, there will be workshops, inter alia on themes like the following: Music and Voice/Music and Preaching; Preaching and Art/Painting; Preaching and Rap/Preaching and Hip Hop; Language and Paradox; a PhD-Café Poster session, etc. Read more…

South Africa is a place of paradox, in fact, many paradoxes. There exists, for instance, the paradox between poor and rich, or rather, between extremely poor and extremely rich – South Africa being identified as the country currently in the world with the biggest gap between those that have, and those that do not have.[1] There is the paradox between luxurious mansions and affluent estates on the one hand, and, on the other, often just a few kilometers from that, struggling townships and dilapidated shacks. There is the paradox – in comparison to many other countries – between the highest figures of unemployment, and the lowest rates of life expectancies; the highest forms of educational inequalities, and the lowest forms of productivity rates; the most sophisticated technological advances in the world (for example the largest disk-shaped telescope, SKA, being constructed in the Karoo[2]), and a seemingly crumbling provider of electricity (Eskom); between being able to host, in the spirit of Ubuntu,[3] one of the most successful Soccer World Cups in history (2010), and experiencing some of the worst bouts of xenophobia ever (in 2008; and again in 2015); between indescribable natural beauty, and inexcusable waste and pollution; between having probably the best political constitution in the world, and some of the worst cases of poor service delivery; between having fabricated Apartheid, but also producing Nelson Mandela, etc. Read more…

In: 2014 India 15 Jan 2014

The programme of the 11th conference in Madurai can be found on this page. PDF-download of the programme is available.

In: 2014 India 15 Oct 2013
Alfred Stephen, president of Societas Homiletica 2013-2014. Dr. Stephen is Professor of Homiletics and Academic Dean of Graduate Studies at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary.

Alfred Stephen, president of Societas Homiletica 2013-2014. Dr. Stephen is Professor of Homiletics and Academic Dean of Graduate Studies at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary.

As President of Societas Homiletica I am pleased to invite you for the upcoming conference in Madurai, India.

Madurai which is called a Temple city and a ‘City that never sleeps’ is situated in the southern part of Tamilnadu state. It is known as Christian Missionary field and educational centre. It is also known for its Literary Tamil cultural heritage and temples. Multi Religious and cultural and caste context of Madurai pose unbelievable challenges to preachers and call for creative contextual paradigm of theology.

To expose the teachers of Homiletics to the unique phenomenon of Indian preaching context and to be realistic to it, the Board of Societas Homiletica has decided to hold the theme of the conference as

Preaching Vulnerability: Naming and Neglecting Reality.

Vulnerability is a reality of one group of people who are called Dalits, in India. They are succumbed to violence, abuses of all kinds, discrimination, lose of dignity, bonded labourer system, subjective educational system, denial of access to public places etc. Read more…

In: 2014 India, Conference themes 15 Oct 2013

The International Board of Societas Homiletica announces the theme for the 11th International Conference, to be held in Madurai (India) from 25-30th July 2014.

Preaching Vulnerability. Naming and Neglecting Reality.

Read the introductions to the theme from a Global perspective (written by boardmember dr. Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm) and from an Indian perspective (written by our host and president, dr. Alfred Stephen).

In: Society news 15 Jun 2013

The website of Societas Homiletica has been redesigned. The template of the site is more responsive and better viewable on tablets. We are still in the process of transferring the data from the previous site to the new site. Please contact the webmanager in case you have questions or suggestions.

In: 2014 India 13 Jun 2013

The official dates of the next International Conference of Societas Homiletica have been set by the board:  25th to 30 July 2014.

In: Society news 02 Feb 2010

bohrenThe Board of Societas Homiletica announces the death of Rudolf Bohren. He passed into eternity in the age of 90 years on 1st February, 2010. We condole with his wife, Mrs. Bohren, on the death of Rudolf Bohren.

Rudolf Bohren was the founder and friend of Societas Homiletica. He was born in Grindelwald / Switzerland on 22th March, 1920. He studied theology in Bern and Basel as a disciple of Karl Barth and Eduard Thurneysen. After a time of being a pastor in Switzerland he teached as professor at the Universities of Wuppertal, Berlin and Heidelberg. He was one of the most important European Homileticians of the 20th century.

Societas Homiletica will honor the memory of his founder Rudolf Bohren.

Basel / Switzerland, 3th February 2010
Albrecht Groezinger