223050 UE Homiletics

winter semester 2022/2023 | Last update: 21.03.2023 Place course on memo list
UE Homiletics
UE 2

Students engage in a homiletically guided and theologically reflective preaching experience.

"Preaching means letting God have his say in such a way that something can change." (Rolf Zerfass). This statement by a Catholic 'old master' of homiletics (= teaching of preaching) shows that it is about more than mere pulpit talk. For whoever preaches well will also do good theology - at the university as well as at the place of work: in the parish, in the school or elsewhere. Preaching is theology on the ground of one's own existence - with one's own language and at the height of one's own time. Like theology, it is a spiritual adventure that leads into the creative differences between Scripture and the present. From this inspiring tension, it seeks to weave together the great narratives of the Bible and the small stories of everyday life: "We must let the Word of God speak today." (M.-Dominique Chenu). If this succeeds, what Cornelia Funke describes in her trilogy of novels Inkheart can happen in the sermon: an old book begins to live and we ourselves begin to play a role in it.

Plenary phases as well as tutorially accompanied small groups; trial sermon with homiletic preparation and evaluation.

Collaboration, test preaching, seminar paper

Rolf Zerfaß, Grundkurs Predigt (Bde. 1/2), Düsseldorf 1987/1992.

Christian Bauer, Predigt als Ereignis. Anmerkungen zum theologischen Nicht-Ort eines Sprechaktes, in: Maria Elisabeth Aigner/Johann Pock/Hildegard Wustmans (Hg.), Wie heute predigen? Einblicke in die Predigtwerkstatt, Würzburg 2014, 243-273.

Ders., Evangelium in der Kneipe. Dominikanische Predigt aus der Kraft des Ursprungs, in: Ulrich Engel/Thomas Eggensperger (Hg), Dominikanische Predigt. Dominikanische Quellen und Zeugnisse (Bd. 17), Leipzig 2014, 65-80.

Further literature is mentioned in the seminar.



There is also the possibility to accompany a homiletic small group as a tutor after the seminar and to deepen what has been discovered in this way.

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Date Time Location
Fri 2022-10-21
09.00 - 12.30 SR VII (Theologie) SR VII (Theologie) Barrier-free
Fri 2022-11-18
09.00 - 12.30 SR VII (Theologie) SR VII (Theologie) Barrier-free
Fri 2022-11-25
09.00 - 13.00 SR VII (Theologie) SR VII (Theologie) Barrier-free
Fri 2023-01-20
11.00 - 13.00 SR VII (Theologie) SR VII (Theologie) Barrier-free