Studia Homiletica

Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life (Vol. 11)

Studia Homiletica 11: Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life
Len Hansen, Johan Cilliers, editors
Paradoxes have become characteristic of the world we live in – poverty and privilege, empire and oppression, migration and enclaveseeking, war and peace, justice and injustice, reconciliation and revenge. During the 2016 Societas Homiletica annual conference held in South Africa, these paradoxes served as a rediscovery of the calling of preachers to deliver the promise that lies within life’s contradictions. A divine promise brought forth by the grace of God and the gospel of Christ – embodied in and through us by the Spirit of Christ. This promise may take many forms and calls for discernment and often interrupts the status quos in surprising, shocking ways. It is a promise that interrupts, in order to comfort.

AFRICAN SUN MeDIA ISBN: 9781928314479

Viva Vox Evangelii – Reforming Preaching (volume 9)

This volume contains the proceedings of an international homiletical conference, held in summer 2012 in Wittenberg (Germany). The theme „Viva Vox Evangelii – Reforming Preaching“ focus-ses on the vivid and multivoiced performance of preaching; it is worked out by researchers from e.g. North and South America, South Africa, India as well as from North and Middle Europe. The contributions deal with the different social, political, cultural and religious contexts of preaching, and they reflect on the consequences for content and form of the respective sermon. Additionally, the volume gives examples of original sermons from various religious traditions. Many articles are responding to each other, so in effect the volume displays an inspiring view on the international research in homiletics today.

Evangelische Verlagsanstalt | ISBN 978-3-374-03303-4

Preaching – as Picturing God in a Fragmented World (volume 8)

The Ninth meeting of Societas Homiletica was held from August 1 to 5, 2010, on the campus of Yale Divinity School. In this collection you will read the presidential and keynote addresses that were delivered as well as the papers that were submitted and presented on the theme, Picturing God in a Fragmented World. They are essays that span the globe, from Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa.

The addresses and papers challenged us to think about God in new ways; to preach in a fragmented world. They called us to understand that preaching is an impossible and wonderful gift that has the potential to reach out to those who are broken, shattered, lost, stiff-necked, arrogant, confused, and searching - so that we all may be one.

Eburon | ISBN 978-90-5972-651-2

Preaching – Does it Make a Difference? (volume 7)

Preaching - does it make a difference in secular societs? And if so, what is to be preached and how must it be done? How can we administer the long Christian tradition in a world, faced with poverty, xenophobia and religious fanatism? Theologians from various continents contribute with pieces of this both current and urgent puzzle.

Aros forlag | ISBN 978-87-7003-663-4

Preaching as Language of Hope (volume 6)

How can preaching bring hope? In a world willed with the apparent pointless suffering of HIV/Aids, poverty, shame and discrimination, is hope still a realistic goal, or has it become a fantasy - an academic concept without any practical use? Throughout Preaching as language of hope it becomes clear that the suffering of Jesus brings hope to people who are suffering themselves and that the sermon is also a bearer of hope.

Protea Book House, Pretoria 2007 | ISBN 978-1-86919-194-8

Preaching – Shaping Experience in a World of Conflict (volume 5)

The meeting in Singapore was a good experience for all. Through the various presentations in the Conference, we discovered that there are not only conflicts in our world, but also much room for dialogue and understanding. This Conference was indeed a real experience of pluralism - pluralism of researchers and teachers of homiletics, pluralism of preachers and participants from various regions and countries of the world. We heard about the preaching in urban Singapore as well as in rural China. We also learned about the different ways of teaching homiletics in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. | ISBN 981-05-2408-0

In: 2020 Budapest 05 Nov 2019

Conference theme and call for papers: PREACHING TOWARD TRUTH
Societas Homiletica 14th International Conference, Budapest, 7–12 August 2020

Conference theme and call for papers:


Preaching is driven by the quest for truth – and at the same time, this quest is contested in church, theology, and our societies. In a ‘post-truth era’ and in a fake-news world, it is a challenge to preach the good news of God’s truth and of Jesus who claims “I am the truth” (John 14:6). On the one hand, the longing for clarity may lead to reducing truth to all-too-easy propositional statements; on the other hand, the theological complexity of truth may lead to powerless sermons that have no impact on a world full of lies.
“What is truth?” (John 18:48) – Pilate’s question remains a spiritual, theological, and homiletical challenge. When Pilate posed the question, truth was standing in front of him. In Christ, truth is relational and dialogical. Accordingly, preaching toward truth is moving toward the acknowledgment of a reality external to our small lives and our global contexts. From a homiletical perspective, the following three questions among many others may be asked: (1) How do we preach if we accept that we do not possess truth but believe that truth is revealed in God’s active presence in the world and through God’s final coming? Theologically speaking, eschatology (the promise that the truth will be revealed) and economy (the facts of daily life and work) have to be brought in a critical relation to one another. (2) Who is the preacher, and what is her or his role when the church does not own truth and at the same time cannot be silent and has to proclaim truth? Humility and authenticity as well as boldness and the charisma of the preacher also need to be addressed. (3) How do we preach in a ‘post-truth era’, in which the grand – often oppressive – narratives are lost and yet there is a deep longing for stories to live in? How do we honor ‘facts’ and ‘emotions’ in our sermons? What language will help us to address these needs; poetical, metaphorical, referential, or mythical?
We face the challenge of preaching that opens up truth and moves toward truth. In Budapest we will have five days in August 2020 to work on these basic and relevant homiletical questions and to share our perspectives with colleagues from around the world.

Call for papers
As it is our regular practice, researchers, ph.d. students and teachers of preaching are encouraged to send in an abstract (300 words) for a paper presentation or workshop before February 29th 2020. Paper sessions consist of two or more 20 minute paper presentations each followed by 20 minutes of discussion.
Abstracts may be sent to the International Secretary of Societas Homiletica, Theo Pleizier at: Within 3 weeks you will be notified as to whether your proposal has been accepted. First consideration is given to papers that clearly connect with the theme of the conference.

Further information about keynote speakers, program, registration etc. will follow soon.

In: Uncategorized 15 Nov 2018

The next Societas Homiletica conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Theology, Budapest, Hungary
on August 7th – 12th. 2020

We are pleased and excited to invite you to the upcoming conference of Societas Homiletica in Budapest, 7-12 August 2020. The centuries long history of the Faculty of Theology at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary combined with the rich culture of Budapest will surely deliver a most memorable experience to all participants from around the globe.

Standing united in the faith of the one risen Christ, we firmly believe that the diverse community of Societas Homiletica has much to offer both spiritually and professionally by bringing together the creative minds and souls of the homiletical world. The Budapest conference of 2020 wishes to remain true to this calling and hopes to help participants further enhance in their research and pedagogical practice.

Our long term vision is to expand the accessibility of this well functioning academic community and to even open up membership to many more. We therefore warmly invite everyone, newcomers and regular past participants alike to the upcoming conference of Societas Homiletica.

We hope to see you soon!

May the peace of Christ be with you.



December 2018

Alexander Deeg                                                                                                  Zoltán Literáty

President of Societas Homiletica                                               Head of the Local Comitee



In: Uncategorized 15 Nov 2018

The next Societas Homiletica conference will be held in Budapest, Hungary on August 7th. -12th.

The theme of the conference will be announced later.