Conference info

Conference theme and call for papers
Dear friends, members and associate members of Societas Homiletica
The board of Societas Homiletica is following the Corona pandemic carefully.
By April 30th 2020 we will announce whether our conference in Budapest will take place as scheduled on August 7th – 12th 2020 or be postponed.
The decision will be published on the website and Facebook.
Take care!
Board of Societas Homiletica

Call for papers closed!
We are overwhelmed with a large amount of paper proposals. The topic of the conference clearly strikes a chord. The conference organization is very excited about the number and is currently reviewing the abstracts. The downside is that we do not consider any new proposals. It is of course still possible to register for participation without a paper and we look forward to a great group of homileticians from around the globe!

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

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: t.t.j.pleizier@pthu.nl
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.
Keynote lectures
Friday, August 7th, 2020
Rev Dr Sam Wells
Sam Wells is one of today’s most influential public theologians. He writes, speaks, preaches and broadcasts on a range of pastoral, political and theological issues. He is Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London. Sam has been Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London, since 2012. He has served as a parish priest for 22 years – 10 of those in urban priority areas; he also spent 7 years in North Carolina, where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel. He has published 35 books.



Saturday, August 8th, 2020

“Recovering truth: Preaching like it matters” Keynote by Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary
A highly respected scholar and public intellectual, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 182-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and Chair of the University’s Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of several books including Trauma and Grace and, most recently, her memoir Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World. Jones, a popular public speaker, is sought by media to comment on major issues impacting society because of her deep grounding in theology, politics, women’s studies, economics, race studies, history, and ethics.

Sunday, August 9th, 2020
“Preaching toward Truth in different contexts”   Panel with Alfred Stephens (India), Szabina Sztojka (Hungary), Júlio Cézar Adam (Brasil) and Johan Cilliers (South Africa)

Alfred Stephen, Doctor of Theology (University of Basel) Professor of Homiletics and Vice Principal, Dean of Post Graduate Studies and External Studies at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary. Has researched and written extensively on Homiletics from the Underside focusing on the Art of Contextual Preaching and Eco Homiletics. Founder of Ecumenical Center for Homiletic Orientation (ECHO) which promotes Homiletic concerns among the Clergy and Laity.



Szabina Sztojka, Assistant Minister at St. Columba’s Church of Scotland international congregation in Budapest and student of the Károli Gáspár Reformed University, has years of experience working with Roma communities in Hungary. She earned her ThM degree at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, where she was honored with the Frederick Buechner Award (Excellence in Writing). The title of her ThM thesis is A Way Towards a Roma Theology: Using Black Theology of Liberation as a Source. Being Roma herself, the work of reconciliation is her passion, she leads reconciliation workshops internationally as well as leading the ministry in Hungary.

Júlio Cézar Adam, Doctor in Theology (University of Hamburg, 2004), associate professor of Practical Theology and coordinator of the Post-Graduate Program at Faculdades EST, São Leopoldo/ RS, Brazil, has worked and researched focusing on Practical Theology on the following subjects: Liturgy, Homiletics, Spirituality, Social Movements and Liberation Theology, Media, Pop Culture and Youth, and Lived Religion in the Brazilian context.


Johan Cilliers, Professor emeritus in Homiletics and Liturgy in the Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology in Stellenbosch. Author of numerous books including; Timing Grace: Reflections on the Temporality of Preaching (2019), A Space for Grace: Towards an Aesthetics of Preaching (2016), with Charles Campbell: Preaching Fools: The Gospel as a Rhetoric of Folly (2012)

Monday, August 10th, 2020
"Does Preaching Help or Hinder Processes of Truth and Reconciliation?" Keynote lecture by Srdjan Sremac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Srdjan Sremac is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Religion and Theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and co-director of the Amsterdam Center for the Study of Lived Religion at the same university. He is a research fellow and management member of the PACS (Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). Srdjan is widely published with 16 (co-) authored or edited books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. He is also the managing editor of Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan). His interdisciplinary research interests include narrative psychology of religion, biographical-reconstructive research, religion and sexuality, war-related trauma, substance dependence and spirituality, lived religion of marginalized groups, material non-western culture/religion, and post-conflict reconciliation studies.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
"More than Truth: The Hope of Preaching and Its Languages"
Keynote lecture by Lisa L. Thompson, Vanderbilt University.

Abstract: Truth, in its partial or full disclosure, is an encounter, as in we experience it. And our ways of thinking being and doing are shaped by our experiences. To preach toward an experience is not about the encounter alone, but also about outcomes. The veracity of preaching is tested by its capacity to spur public witness towards God’s outcomes and futures in the present times. Language that sustains these encounters narrows the gap between the mundane and sacred, is grounded in theological boldness and humility, and replaces abstract ideas with accountability to the vibrancy of lived experiences. Preaching and its languages must be clear about their hope and ethic. Preaching toward truth creates an opening for a community to discern what their public witness of faith entails; the story of faith is retold for the possibility of contemporary encounters.

Lisa L. Thompson, a native of Cedar Grove, NC, is Associate Professor and the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chancellor Faculty Fellow of Black Homiletics and Liturgics at the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion of Vanderbilt University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Religion from Vanderbilt University, and prioritizes discussing the ways religion can be used for the destruction or uplift of our life together. Her most recent publication is entitled Ingenuity: Preaching as an Outsider (Fall 2018). She was awarded the Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Minority Scholars for her forthcoming book entitled Preaching the Headlines. As an ordained Baptist minister, she holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and has served in university and parish settings. Prior to pursuing the study of theology and religion full-time, she majored in both psychology and communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked in case management. She continues to consult, speak, and lead workshops on self-leadership and cultural change in the public and private sectors. 
 


 


Excursions
Excursion "Religious Walk"
"Religious walk" in Budapest with a guide. Visit the symbolic places/buildings and know the history of the Jewish, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinistic denominations in Budapest and Hungary. Length of walk 2,5 km.

Excursion "House of Terror"
"House of terror" - visit a memorial exhibition over the nazi and the soviet dictatures of 20th century Hungary with a guide. Travel: public transport.

Excursion "Jewish Life"
Synagogue, Jewish memorial place and the Jewish district with a guide.

Excursion "Walk & Relax"
Margareth Island - the green heart of the city in the Danube river. Walk & relax.

You can register for conference and excursions following this link:
Registration form

Accomodation
The International Board recommends the following four hotels for the conference.
All four hotels prices include breakfast, Vat and CityTax.

Hotel Palazzo Zichy
https://hotel-palazzo-zichy.hu/
A four star**** elegant hotel, just a few meters from the conference venue in the so called Palace-district of Budapest. Down-town but in peaceful environment.
20 rooms available. Reservation deadline 8th of June 2020.
Reservation code: SOCIETAS HOMILETICA
Single standard room: 145 EUR (includes breakfast, VAT, TAX)
Double standard room: 155 EUR (includes breakfast, VAT, TAX)
Booking Palazzo Zichy

Hotel Korona Mercure
https://all.accor.com/hotel/1765/index.en.shtml
A four star**** elegant hotel, 7 min walk, 500 meters from the conference venue in the very centre of the city.
50 rooms available. Reservation deadline 1st of June 2020.
Reservation code: SOCIETAS HOMILETICA
Single standard room: 130 EUR (includes breakfast, VAT, TAX)
Double standard room: 140 EUR (includes breakfast, VAT, TAX)
Booking Hotel Korona Mercure

Leonardo Hotel
https://www.leonardo-hotels.com/leonardo-hotel-budapest
A four star**** elegant hotel on a peaceful street, 16 min walk, 1400 meter from the conference venue. (With public transport 12 min, that is 2 stops with tram).
50 rooms available. Reservation deadline 1st June 2020.
They offer a day prior or after the conference in addition if you wish.
Reservation code: SOCIETAS HOMILETICA
Single standard room: 104 EUR (includes breakfast, VAT, TAX)
Double standard room: 114 EUR (includes breakfast, VAT, TAX)
Booking process by filled, signed, scanned and returned (to the Leonardo Hotel)
Booking Form

Benda College Hostel
A new building right in the neighbourhood of the conference venue. It is a dormitory of Károli University, called Benda College. Rooms are clean and new, equipment is very puritan (bed, desk, chair wardrobe).
We may use 8 apartments in Benda College that means minimum 16 or maximum 32 beds.
One apartment has two double-bed rooms. So minimum two persons in one apartment (single use), or maximum four persons (double use). One apartment has a shared bathroom and kitchen. So depending on how many people (1-2-3 or 4) shall use one apartment they have to share that one bathroom.
The first minimum 16 or maximum 32 applicant persons may be accommodated in Benda College. When all the rooms are reserved, we close booking in the Benda College.
SINGLE USE 49 EUR/1 person (includes breakfast, VAT, TAX)
DOUBLE USE 69 EUR/2 persons (includes breakfast, VAT, TAX)
Booking process by filled, signed, scanned and returned (to literaty.zoltan@gmail.com)
Then you get information per e-mail about the bank transfer.
When you transfer the accommodation fee, your reservation is valid and it will be confirmed per e-mail.
Benda College BOOKING FORM.
Registration
Dear members and affiliates of Societas Homiletica
The board of Societas Homiletica is following the Corona pandemic carefully.
By April 30th 2020 we will announce whether our conference in Budapest will take place as scheduled on August 7th – 12th 2020 or be postponed.
The decision will be published on the website and Facebook.
Take care!
Board of Societas Homiletica
You are invited to register through our new online system, RegFox, following this link:
Registration form

By registering for the conference, you will also pay your membership fees for 2020. Payment can be done by credit card. If you have difficulties with paying by card, please contact our treasurer, Anne Gidion, for other payment options: a.gidion@pastoralkolleg-rz.de.

Dear friends, members and associate members of Societas Homiletica
The board of Societas Homiletica is following the Corona pandemic carefully.
By April 30th 2020 we will announce whether our conference in Budapest will take place as scheduled on August 7th – 12th 2020 or be postponed.
The decision will be published on the website and Facebook.
Take care!
Board of Societas Homiletica


 Call for papers closed!

We are overwhelmed with a large amount of paper proposals. The topic of the conference clearly strikes a chord. The conference organization is very excited about the number and is currently reviewing the abstracts. The downside is that we do not consider any new proposals.


Friday, August 7th, 2020
“Speaking The Truth” Keynote lecture by Sam Wells

Rev Dr Sam Wells

Sam Wells is one of today’s most influential public theologians. He writes, speaks, preaches and broadcasts on a range of pastoral, political and theological issues. He is Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London. Sam has been Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London, since 2012. He has served as a parish priest for 22 years – 10 of those in urban priority areas; he also spent 7 years in North Carolina, where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel. He has published 35 books.

Saturday, August 8th, 2020
“Recovering truth: Preaching like it matters”
Keynote by Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary
A highly respected scholar and public intellectual, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 182-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and Chair of the University’s Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of several books including Trauma and Grace and, most recently, her memoir Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World. Jones, a popular public speaker, is sought by media to comment on major issues impacting society because of her deep grounding in theology, politics, women’s studies, economics, race studies, history, and ethics.

Sunday, August 9th, 2020
“Preaching toward Truth in different contexts”
Panel with Alfred Stephens (India), Szabina Sztojka (Hungary), Júlio Cézar Adam (Brasil) and Johan Cilliers (South Africa)

Alfred Stephen, Doctor of Theology (University of Basel) Professor of Homiletics and Vice Principal, Dean of Post Graduate Studies and External Studies at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary. Has researched and written extensively on Homiletics from the Underside focusing on the Art of Contextual Preaching and Eco Homiletics. Founder of Ecumenical Center for Homiletic Orientation (ECHO) which promotes Homiletic concerns among the Clergy and Laity.

 

 

Szabina Sztojka, Assistant Minister at St. Columba’s Church of Scotland international congregation in Budapest and student of the Károli Gáspár Reformed University, has years of experience working with Roma communities in Hungary. She earned her ThM degree at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, where she was honored with the Frederick Buechner Award (Excellence in Writing). The title of her ThM thesis is A Way Towards a Roma Theology: Using Black Theology of Liberation as a Source. Being Roma herself, the work of reconciliation is her passion, she leads reconciliation workshops internationally as well as leading the ministry in Hungary.

Júlio Cézar Adam, Doctor in Theology (University of Hamburg, 2004), associate professor of Practical Theology and coordinator of the Post-Graduate Program at Faculdades EST, São Leopoldo/ RS, Brazil, has worked and researched focusing on Practical Theology on the following subjects: Liturgy, Homiletics, Spirituality, Social Movements and Liberation Theology, Media, Pop Culture and Youth, and Lived Religion in the Brazilian context.


Johan Cilliers, Professor emeritus in Homiletics and Liturgy in the Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology in Stellenbosch. Author of numerous books including; Timing Grace: Reflections on the Temporality of Preaching (2019), A Space for Grace: Towards an Aesthetics of Preaching (2016), with Charles Campbell: Preaching Fools: The Gospel as a Rhetoric of Folly (2012)

Monday, August 10th, 2020
“Does Preaching Help or Hinder Processes of Truth and Reconciliation?” Keynote lecture by Srdjan Sremac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Srdjan Sremac is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Religion and Theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and co-director of the Amsterdam Center for the Study of Lived Religion at the same university. He is a research fellow and management member of the PACS (Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). Srdjan is widely published with 16 (co-) authored or edited books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. He is also the managing editor of Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan). His interdisciplinary research interests include narrative psychology of religion, biographical-reconstructive research, religion and sexuality, war-related trauma, substance dependence and spirituality, lived religion of marginalized groups, material non-western culture/religion, and post-conflict reconciliation studies.

 

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

“More than Truth: The Hope of Preaching and Its Languages” Keynote lecture by Lisa L. Thompson, Vanderbilt University.
Abstract: Truth, in its partial or full disclosure, is an encounter, as in we experience it. And our ways of thinking being and doing are shaped by our experiences. To preach toward an experience is not about the encounter alone, but also about outcomes. The veracity of preaching is tested by its capacity to spur public witness towards God’s outcomes and futures in the present times. Language that sustains these encounters narrows the gap between the mundane and sacred, is grounded in theological boldness and humility, and replaces abstract ideas with accountability to the vibrancy of lived experiences. Preaching and its languages must be clear about their hope and ethic. Preaching toward truth creates an opening for a community to discern what their public witness of faith entails; the story of faith is retold for the possibility of contemporary encounters.

Lisa L. Thompson, a native of Cedar Grove, NC, is Associate Professor and the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chancellor Faculty Fellow of Black Homiletics and Liturgics at the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion of Vanderbilt University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Religion from Vanderbilt University, and prioritizes discussing the ways religion can be used for the destruction or uplift of our life together. Her most recent publication is entitled Ingenuity: Preaching as an Outsider (Fall 2018). She was awarded the Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Minority Scholars for her forthcoming book entitled Preaching the Headlines. As an ordained Baptist minister, she holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and has served in university and parish settings. Prior to pursuing the study of theology and religion full-time, she majored in both psychology and communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked in case management. She continues to consult, speak, and lead workshops on self-leadership and cultural change in the public and private sectors. Full bio available here: https://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/people/bio/lisa-l-thompson

 

 

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