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2018 Meeting Panelists

2018 Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting

"Preaching Creation"


John C. Holbert is Lois Craddock Perkins Professor Emeritus of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, where he taught from 1979-2012. John has authored eleven books, including the novel, King Saul, and Preaching Creation: The Environment and the Pulpit, in addition to numerous articles in scholarly and church journals. To honor his retirement, several colleagues compiled a Festschrift for him entitled Parental Guidance Advised: Adult Preaching from the Old Testament.

John is going to present a paper from a biblical perspective .

Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky.  She is the author of Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015) which develops an ecofeminist Christology for homiletic theory and praxis. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 18 years, Leah has served congregations in rural, urban, and suburban settings.

Leah is going to present a paper from an eco-feminist perspective.

Ron J. Allen began as Professor of Preaching and Gospel and Letters at Christian Theological Seminary in 1982 and concludes hi service in 2019. From Poplar Bluff, Missouri, he is life-long in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). After Phillips University, he was present at the birth of the New Homiletic studying with Edmund Steimle at Union (New York) and Charles Rice at Drew where his dissertation participated in the process family by way of the philosophy of art of Susanne K. Langer. Though his later work goes beyond the New Homiletic, he continues to advocate process conceptuality as central to the contemporary pole of mutual critical correlation.

Ron is going to present a paper from a process perspective.

Valerie Bridgeman is Associate Professor of Homiletics & Hebrew Bible, and interim dean, at Methodist Theological School in OH. She is a contributor to several volumes on biblical hermeneutics and on preaching, and one of the contributing editors to the Africana Bible Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora and well as a contributing editor of Norton’s Anthology of African American Preaching, Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas, eds. (W.W. Norton, 2010).

Valerie is going to present a paper from a prospective of social justice for local farmers.