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Academy of Homiletics

Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Note: The following statement was approved by the Executive Committee of the Academy of Homiletics on Feb. 23, 2024, to be brought before the larger body at the Annual Meeting in December 2024.  This is a working document and not yet the official policy of the Academy of Homiletics.  The Executive Committee also voted to share this working document with the Editorial Board of Homiletic, the journal of the Academy of Homiletics, and to make this working document publicly available for comment.

Comments, questions, or suggestions can be directed to The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, President of the Academy of Homiletics, 2024:

Since the Academy of Homiletics was founded in 1965, it has grown to be an ecumenical, global, and increasingly diverse body. As part of our continued growth and commitment to scholarship and teaching in homiletics, this guild values scholarship, membership, and organizational practices that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  As a guild, we seek to create an institutional culture that intentionally welcomes, appreciates, respects, and celebrates differences in things that include, but are not limited to, language, race, ethnicity, culture, color, gender and gender fluidity, sexuality, disability, age, national origin, and theology.

This commitment deepens our scholarship and welcomes the respectful contributions of all our members. The Academy of Homiletics confronts scholarship or practices that exclude or deny the inherent worth and dignity of anyone, particularly underrepresented and minoritized perspectives and people. Similarly, we attend to power, status, and privilege in ways that promote equity. The witness of both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures testifies to a God who delights in the diversity of the world and calls everyone to increasingly expand our understanding of who is our neighbor in the human and other-than-human family.

In our organizational practices, we commit to transparency and honesty, recognizing that these values help create an inclusive environment that supports mutual flourishing.