HDS 2982

Curating the Sermon: Preaching and the Arts

Sharon R. Fennema


In the context of worship, the sermon is one avenue for proclaiming the stories around which our faith communities gather. Church-goers in contemporary contexts are immersed in cultures that tell many stories in powerful ways, making use of multi-sensory and artistic mediums. In this course, we will investigate creative languages of proclamation as means for communicating God's story in the context of worship in ways that both learns from and challenges contemporary media-saturated cultures. Students will practice preaching that both incorporates reflection on artistic mediums as sources of wisdom, and employs the arts as part of the act of proclamation. As we expand our understandings of story, imagination, multisensory engagement, and strategies for preaching, participants will develop the skills necessary for curating the sermon: creating spaces for deep encounter with formational stories.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 12 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Tue Thu 11:30am-1pm
Divinity Hall Room 104

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Preaching and Worship
Language Course Designation(s) None