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Welcome to Societas Homiletica Members

An Invitation to Colleagues in Societas Homiletica

to the Online Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting

December 3-5, 2020

Dear Colleagues in Societas Homiletica,

I am pleased to invite you to join us for our Academy of Homiletics online Annual Meeting, December 3-5, 2020.  I was so impressed at the hospitality of SH, when you invited my AoH colleagues to join your online meeting in August and at no cost!  I am excited to let you know that we have reciprocated your kindness.  We ask you to register, at no cost to you, for our scheduled meeting events live on Zoom (donations gladly accepted).  Details about the registration and the still developing schedule can be found at  Just click on the “Register Now” button and you will see on the registration page a red email link to Courtney Murtagh for SH members to receive a free registration code.

In honor of your presence among us this December, we have planned a special event on Friday morning, December 4 at 10 AM EST (2 PM UTC):  an interactive discussion with our keynote speaker, Dr. Shelly Rambo, Associate Professor of Theology at Boston University School of Theology.  We will be discussing Dr. Rambo’s Christian Century article, “How Christian Theology and Practice are being Shaped by Trauma Studies:  Talking about God in the Face of Wounds that Won’t Go Away.”  Societas members Andrea Bieler (University of Basel), Alfred Stephen (Tamilnadu Theological Seminary) and Wessel Wessels (University of the Free State) have been invited to start our discussion with a brief comment + question to get us launched into a conversation that promises to draw us into theological depth.

Given your own August online meeting, you will not be surprised at all to learn that our AoH 2020 Annual Meeting theme is “preaching and trauma.” We therefore anticipate that our plans for plenary events during the meeting will likewise be rich and full of insight.  On Thursday evening,  (11 PM UTC) December 3, we will be hearing a first keynote lecture from Dr. Shelly Rambo.  Immediately following her lecture will be a response from Rev. Dr. Paula Owens Parker from Richmond, Virginia. She is senior program developer of Roots Matter LLC, a program which identifies approaches to healing generational trauma in families and communities.  There will be one other opportunity to hear Dr. Rambo lecture during our time together.  On Saturday at 11 AM EST (3 PM UTC), Dr. Rambo will share her closing keynote immediately after which we will have AoH colleagues as respondents.  As you might imagine, the program will be full and the interactions will be relevant in a trying environment of global pandemic, racial reckonings, and unfolding political struggle.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Shelly Rambo

Thursday Respondent:

Rev. Dr. Paula Owens Parker

All this is to say that 2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for the Academy of Homiletics and for the world, too.  In this moment, however, we all have also found a way forward to our first ever online meeting and that is no small thing!  As we gather, we won’t have the luxury of pretending things are fine or that we ourselves are unaffected, but we will in our own modest ways be “doing hope together.”  I look forward to welcoming you, our special international guests from Societas Homiletica, this December 3-5.  I’ll see you online!


David Schnasa Jacobsen

2020 President, Academy of Homiletics

Member, Societas Homiletica

Bishops Scholar of Homiletics and Preaching

Boston University School of Theology