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.
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
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