Ingenuity: Preaching as an Outsider - eBook
Ingenuity: Preaching as an Outsider - eBook  -     By: Lisa L. Thompson
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 9781501832604
ISBN-13: 9781501832604

Publisher's Description

Ingenuity introduces a theology and practice of preaching within the simultaneous existence of being Black and woman. This approach opens up new avenues to understand sermon development and design for every student and practitioner of the proclaimed word. Preaching is a creative expression forged at the intersections of tradition, life experience, and theological conviction. Every preacher negotiates these converging entities in an attempt to make way for sacred speech. Likewise, every pursuit of this process is textured by the particulars of culture and personhood. Ingenuity equips readers to navigate this complex task.

This approach is helpful for black women who are learning to preach or are serving as preachers, because there is a vast gap in the literature available for them. Preaching is resourced and taught from a primarily white/male perspective. Black women are left to pioneer their own way, to ’figure it out’ with very little help from the established academic sources. This book helps to fill that gap.

Ingenuity is also helpful for students and preachers who are not black women, because it enlarges their understanding, their language, their sense of shared experience. The best preachers are not just good at mimicking their teachers; they understand their own voices, and the voices of others. They stretch and grow, and this enables them to preach more effectively.


Author Bio

Lisa L. Thompson, a native of Cedar Grove, NC, is an ordained Baptist minister and has served in university and parish ministry settings. She majored in both psychology and communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked in case management before pursuing the study of theology and religion fulltime. 

Dr. Thompson holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Religion from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She previously held posts as the Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and as a Lilly Faculty Fellow at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. 

Thompson’s publications include "Disruptive and Generative Preaching Practices" in Practical Matters Journal, and "In Search of our Mothers’ Healings: Holistic Wellbeing, Black Women, and Preaching" in Homiletic, The Journal for the Academy of Homiletics. Her forthcoming books are entitled Ingenuity and Preaching the Headlines. Ingenuity explores the ways in which black women navigate matters of voice in preaching, while often in the presence of cultural histories and contexts that deny their abilities to construct meaning on behalf of a community; the volume mines the preaching practices of black women for the sake of re-thinking theologies and methods of preaching as whole. Preaching the Headlines engages the intersection between social and religious discourses for the purposes of helping communities reflect on and engage everyday issues in life as matters of faith.

Dr. Thompson’s research and teaching are connected— as they consider the roles of rhetoric, culture, ethics, and ritual in theological communication. Some of her courses include "Gender, Power and the Pulpit," "Preaching the Headlines," "Voice Imagination, and Sacred Utterances," "Womanist Proclamation and the Arts," and "Proclamation and the Black Experience." She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology, the Fund for Theological Education, and the Lilly Endowment, Inc. funded Program of Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt University. She is the current president of the Black Caucus of the Academy of Homiletics.

Thompson’s primary interests in service, teaching, and scholarship are the ways in which our religious discourses and practices have the ability to influence daily life on both communal and individual levels. As history has proved, these influences can be for the uplifting or destruction of life together. She espouses holding concerns for the flourishing of God’s entire creation alongside intellectual rigor and respect for sacred traditions and texts.

"Our lives are the texture of the texts we preach." – Lisa L. Thompson

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