Elective Unit                                                           (Min. No. 8)

1st semester Wednesday morning

Crosslisted as DP9423Y (Pastoral Theology)

The unit will explore issues and approaches to preaching while concentrating on the application of this knowledge to the proclamation of the Word of God in liturgical and cultural contexts.

At least two foundational units, preferably in Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology or Liturgy, or equivalent

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate their ability to prepare and deliver a homily
  2. evaluate critically and appreciatively the content and delivery of a homily
  3. identify the different “texts” involved in preaching as a communicative process
  4. articulate issues concerning the interpretation of biblical texts
  5. discuss the place of preaching in the life of the faith community
  6. describe the difference between at least two cultural contexts and their impact on preaching

Preparation, delivery and evaluation of a homily equivalent to 3000 words (60%);3000 word essay (40%)

Brosend, William. The Preaching of Jesus: Gospel Proclamation Then and Now. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.

Burghardt, Walter J. Preaching the Just Word. New Haven, CT, and London: Yale University Press, 1996.

DeBona, Guerric. Preaching Effectively, Revitalising your Church. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2009.

DeLeers, Stephen V. Written Text Becomes Living Word: The Vision and Practice of Sunday Preaching. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2004.

Hilkert, Mary C. Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination. New York: Paulist Press, 1997.

Lischer, Richard, ed. The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching, Augustine to the Present. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2002.

Untener, Kenneth. Preaching Better: Practical Suggestions for Homilists. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1999.

Wallace, James A. Preaching to the Hungers of the Heart: The Homily on the Feasts and within the Rites. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2002.

Waznak, Robert P. An Introduction to the Homily. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1998.