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.
“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
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.
President of Societas Homiletica
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:
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.
Alexander Deeg Zoltán Literáty
President of Societas Homiletica Head of the Local Comitee
Theme of the conference, keynote lecturers and call for papers will be announced later.