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2017-18 Academic Year


Teacher: Allisyn Thomas and Paige Blair

Required Summer Reading:

Subscribe to: and Please listen to the weekly podcast (or link from your computer) and read Dr. Lose’s reflections on the Sunday readings each week.

Optional reading is "This Preaching Life" by Barbara Brown Taylor.


1.1 Why Preach? Sep 9

1.2 Text: Scripture and Preaching Sep 16

1.3 Context: The World, Life and the Pulpit Sep 23

1.4 The Preaching Craft Sep 30

1.5 Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline and as Spiritual Formation Oct 7

1.6 Preaching and the Parish Setting Oct 14

1.7 Preaching as Pastoral Response Oct 21

1.8 Finding Your Voice Oct 28

1.9 The Art of Preaching Nov 4

1.10 Finding Your Preaching Voice Nov 18

1.11 Preaching Practicum 1 Dec 2

1.12 Preaching Practicum 2 Dec 9

On-Going Assignments

Please come to each session, with the exception of the first session, and Preaching Practicums, having heard two sermons (at least one live). Rate each using the feedback form from The Queen’s Foundation. Each week pay special attention to the theme of the class for the day such as context, craft, and setting.

With the exception of the first session and the Preaching Practicums, write a 1000 word sermon (give or take 100 words) based on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings for the following week, track 1. The Lectionary may be accessed at The Lectionary Page found at

The Queen's Foundation Feedback Form

Preaching Assignments

Over the course of the class, students will preach in class twice: a short sermon without notes and a longer one using a manuscript or notes. While normally the longer sermons would be given during the Preaching Practicums, depending on the number of students taking the class, one or more may have to occur on a different day.

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