Course Memo

In this seminar-style course students will explore ways in which the craft of various arts might serve the craft of preaching. The first unit will focus on the craft of creative writing. By engaging in “close readings” of multiple genres (short story fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), students will identify narrative techniques (e.g., structure, character development, point of view, rhythm, tone) in order to explore ways to employ such techniques for the crafting of sermons. The second unit uses elements of film in order to re-envision the craft of preaching. For the third unit, students will engage an art form of their choice (e.g., photography, theatre, music). This is not a course in which students will preach. However, since students will work with previous sermon manuscripts a first preaching course is required. Meets Tuesdays, 2:10 - 5:00 pm synchronously online. [Intended for PhD students but open to advanced M.Div. and M.A. student with permission from instructor. Max: 10 students.]