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President’s Newsletter 2020


Dear Colleagues,

I look forward to welcoming you all this December to the first ever online Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics.  We on the AoH Executive have been working hard to make sure make this meeting will be memorable and meaningful.

I am especially pleased to let you know about our 2020 theme of “preaching and trauma” and our plans for plenary events during the meeting.  On Thursday evening we will be hearing from Dr. Shelly Rambo, Associate Professor of Theology at Boston University School of Theology.  Immediately following her lecture will be a response from Rev. Dr. Paula Owens Parker who is senior program developer of Roots Matter LLC, a program which identifies approaches to healing generational trauma in families and communities.  There will be other opportunities to hear Dr. Rambo during our time together.  On Friday morning prior to our papers we will have a special interactive discussion with her in honor of our specially invited international guests from Societas Homiletica.  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.” On Saturday, Dr. Rambo will share her closing keynote where we will have AoH members as respondents.  The program will be full and the interactions will be rich.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Shelly Rambo

Thursday Respondent:

Rev. Dr. Paula Owens Parker

2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for the Academy of Homiletics.  In this moment, however, we 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 are that we ourselves are unaffected, but we will in our own modest ways be “doing hope together.”  I look forward to welcoming you all as well as our special international guests from Societas Homiletica this December 3-5.  I’ll see you online!


David Schnasa Jacobsen

2020 President, Academy of Homiletics

Bishops Scholar of Homiletics and Preaching

Boston University School of Theology