Vancouver School of Theology

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HOM6/701 – Learning from African American Preaching

View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart

Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee

Black preachers are our culture’s “last folk poets.” So says Richard Lischer of the black church tradition that nourished Martin Luther King Jr. The preaching of the black church is a magnificent rhetorical tradition, among many other things. And we notice that when we bring up African American preachers to Canadian students and congregations, they lean in. White Canadians know their churches will not emulate the extravagant and worship style of the black church in North America. But they long for . . . something. A bit more exuberance? Some rhetorical brilliance? Some marching orders for justice? What analogies can be drawn from the divine gift of the black church for the life of congregations in the liberal mainline in Canada?

This course is available via Adobe Connect for off-site students

Prerequisite: HOM500 or permission from the instructor

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