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2018 Meeting Plenary Speaker & Respondents

2018 Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting

"Preaching Creation"

Plenary Speaker and Respondents

Plenary Speaker

Tink Tinker, a citizen of the Osage Nation (wazhazhe), is the retired Clifford Baldridge Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at Iliff School of Theology. During his 32 years at Iliff, Dr. Tinker brought a distinctly Indian perspective to a predominantly White, Euro-Christian school and continues to do so in lectures across the continent. As an Indian academic, Tinker is committed to a scholarly endeavor that takes seriously both the liberation of Indian peoples from their historic oppression as colonized communities and the liberation of White Americans, the historic colonizers and oppressors of Indian peoples. For nearly three decades he volunteered both administratively and as a traditional spiritual leader at Four Winds American Indian Council in Denver and worked closely with the American Indian Movement of Colorado. His publications include: American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty (Orbis, 2008); Spirit and Resistance: American Indian Liberation and Political Theology (Fortress Press, 2004); Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Genocide (Fortress Press, 1993); and co-editor of Native Voices: American Indian Sovereignty and Identity (University of Kansas Press, 2003). He has published nearly eight dozen journal articles and chapters for edited volumes.


Heather Murray Elkins, Frederick Hannan Professor of Worship, Preaching and the Arts of Drew Theological School at Drew University, is a widely-known United Methodist preacher and teacher in the area of worship, preaching, spirituality, and the arts. Drawing on the spiritual resources of traditional liturgies, the arts, and Appalachian folk religion, she utilizes poetry, prayer, material culture, and ritual studies into her work of preaching and worship. She has been a teacher in the first independent bi-lingual Navajo school, Rough Rock, Arizona.  One of her major publications is The Holy Stuff of Life: Stories, Prayers, and Poems about Human Things (Pilgrim Press, 2006).


Gregory Heille,O.P., a Roman Catholic friar of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans), has written The Preaching of Pope Francis: Missionary Discipleship and the Ministry of the Word (Liturgical Press, 2015) and serves as professor of preaching and evangelization at Aquinas Institute of Theology, Saint Louis. Fr. Heille is past president of both the Catholic Teachers of Homiletics (CATH) and the Academy of Homiletics. He also is convener of the Dominican Preaching Network, a global project of Dominican schools of preaching in the United States, Germany, and the Philippines promoting the charism of preaching in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.


Lis Valle-Ruiz is Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship at McCormick Theological Seminary. She is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in the Homiletics and Liturgics program. Her research focus is on performance, embodiment, gender, and sexuality, from ecofeminist and decolonial perspectives. She is now writing her dissertation about prophetic performance and disruptive preaching. Her background includes a B.A. in education, major in theater, and J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico, M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary.