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

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.

[full-text PDF (complete issue); metadata on Qucosa]

In: Uncategorized 22 Sep 2018

“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


In: 2018 Durham NC 15 Dec 2017

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.

Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm

President of Societas Homiletica

In: 2018 Durham NC 02 Oct 2017

The next general meeting of Societas Homiletica will be held 3-8 August 2018 at Duke Divinity School, USA.

Until then, we hope that you take note of this new homiletical resource:

The 2,500 Duke Chapel sermons offer an amazing collection of video, audio, and manuscript sermons. Over the past few years, great effort has been put into assembling this remarkable resource and over the next couple of years, metadata will be applied to the sermons so that they will be searchable in various ways (e.g. by text, liturgical occasion, theological themes, social issues, etc.). But for now, feel free to access them as you will by following this link:

Sermon-Repository Duke Chapel