In: 2020 Budapest 01 Jan 2020

Dear friends,
members and associate members of Societas Homiletica,

I hereby invite you to our next Societas Homiletica conference, the 14th international conference, August 7th-12th 2020 in Budapest, Hungary.

Last October the Board discussed the conference theme ‘Preaching Toward Truth’ and I would like to refer you to our website for more information on the conference theme. Abstracts for papers can be submitted before February 29th.

As registration opens today, you are invited to register through our new online system, RegFox, following this link:

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:

Looking forward to welcoming your registration and meeting you in Budapest 2020,
I wish you all the best and Christ’s peace for the new year,

Theo Pleizier
International Secretary Societas Homiletica

In: 2020 Budapest 29 Nov 2019

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: 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.