Radical Lives of Proclamation

REL830
Fall 2016
TH 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area: 
Area IV
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course provides a window into the spiritual lives of six visionaries: Pauli Murray, Óscar Romero, Cho Wha Soon, William Stringfellow, Malcolm X, and Howard Thurman.  Considerable attention has been directed to their lives as social activists and teachers but this course focuses on their lives as preachers.  We will examine each preacher’s understanding of God, the human person, and community and think about the ways these factors fund spirituality and shape sermons.  We will also give significant attention to the faith each visionary lived and contrast it with the faith s/he articulated publicly.  Ultimately, we will use these visionaries as models and find authentic ways to embrace their legacies in our own preaching. 

At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:

v  Authentically integrate preaching techniques used by selected visionaries in his or her own preaching;

v  Engage scripture in a way that prioritizes justice, risk, and communal activism;

v  Articulate the driving spiritual dilemmas of several 20th-century visionaries and draw parallels to their proclamation;

v  Sketch the contours of a 21st-century theology of preaching that is funded by a life of faithful activism;

v  Compare a variety of spiritual practices that nourish or inhibit preaching.

Background Expected: 

Students should have completed the introductory Old Testament or New Testament course. 

Course Requirements: 

See below.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Weights for the various assignments are as follows:

A.      Theological Self-Portrait (20%)

B.      Sermon 1 (20%)

C.      Sermon 2 (20%)

D.     Spiritual Profile (20%)

E.      Completion of discussion stimuli, sermon self-evaluations, and contribution to learning atmosphere (20%)