Beginning August 4
Preaching Women: Examining the (Her)story and Role of Women Preachers and Enhancing Their Craft
Instructor: Bishop Yvette Flunder
Dates and Times: August 4-8 (1 wk), NEW TIME: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Credits: 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number: HM-2730 (for credit); HM-0001 (for CEUs)
Description: This course will challenge the patriarchy of the pulpit and celebrate the preaching women who have contributed to building and sustaining churches and faith communities since the beginning of Christianity. The course will acknowledge the ways women have found to preach subversively in many unwelcoming environments and will encourage people of all gender identities to explore other possibilities beyond traditional methods, settings and definitions of preaching.
We will explore crafting sermons to address current social issues and populations that have been marginalized by church and society, along with preaching that speaks to more traditional congregations.
The course will include methods of sermon preparation, delivery and lab experience where preaching will be shared with members of the class and during worship times.
Required texts: (Purchase here)
- Smith, Christine. Preaching as Weeping, Confession and Resistance: Radical Responses to Radical Evil. Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992. ISBN: 978-0664252168
- Flunder, Yvette A. Where the Edge Gathers: Building a Community of Radical Inclusion. Pilgrim Press, 2005. ISBN: 978-0829816389
- Childers, Jana. Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on the Creative Process. Chalice Press, 2001. ISBN: 978-0827202306