Preaching is communication with a purpose. No matter what form of ministry you enter, knowing how to shape a powerful and motivating message will matter! This preaching course embraces counter oppressive ministry through worship arts. Hands on learning will combine the sharing and peer review of brief homilies with exercises aimed at identifying your authentic preaching voice. Each student will also deliver two full-length sermons in class. Questions of how to make our messages more relevant in today’s culturally shifting world will be explored through thea/ological study of homiletics through a liberatory lens and an engagement with issues of cultural appropriation and misappropriation in contemporary progressive religious practice. Students from all traditions welcome.
Starr King thresholds: 1. Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement 2. Prophetic Witness and Work 6. Theology in Culture and Context 7. Educating for Wholeness and Liberation and MFC Competency 1. Worship and Rites of Passage. This course is designed for M.Div and MASC students and will be evaluated based on sermons and class participation.
PREWORK IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE: Each student must write manuscripts for two original sermons, on the theme of your choosing, of 1200 to 1500 words in length. Please Note: All sermons are due at midnight US Pacific time on January 22, 2023.
Prerequisite: ECO Core
Faculty consent required. Enrollment max: 15. Auditors excluded.