Beecher Lecture I: Women Preachers in the US: A 60 Year Retrospective

Event time: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Clement-Muehl Professor of Divinity, presents the Beecher Lectures on “Women Preachers in the United States and the Transformation of Homiletics.”
During the past 50-60 years the number of ordained clergy women in the United States has grown at a rate never before witnessed. As a result, the pulpit, once a bastion of male presence and power, has become, in many denominations, a place where women regularly exercise their gifts as well. During this same time period the number of women scholars who are publishing and teaching in the field of preaching has also expanded dramatically. In these lectures I will explore the ways in which the presence of women preachers and scholars of preaching has literally transformed the practice of homiletics this country—from the reclamation of women’s “herstory” in preaching, to the topics addressed in preaching and scholarship, to the way in which Biblical hermeneutics and theologizing are undertaken in preaching, to the imagery, illustrations, shape and embodiment of the sermons themselves.

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