Preacher/artist: incarnational and fully embodied preaching supported by actor training methodology


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Williams, Jaclyn P (2023). Preacher/artist: incarnational and fully embodied preaching supported by actor training methodology. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Currently, there is a gap in homiletics teaching, training, and practice. This gap is present in the preparation process, as well as in the moment of proclamation. This gap is problematic. The problem is the lack of modality and methodology within homiletics teaching and training that allows preachers to incorporate specific and holistic skills of artistry into their preaching practice process. These skills summon the realities of incarnate word and embodiment as ongoing resources for preachers. The result is a broader definition of the preacher identified as the preacher/artist.

Chapters 1 and 2 address the problem by presenting the parameters of the matter and the current climate of preaching pedagogy in theory and practice. Chapter 3 provides the context of how preaching, and the role of the preacher are defined biblically and theologically, which provides further context that illuminates the problem of how preachers are trained. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 present the framing for the solution in the form of embodiment, including discussions of the body as resources, and incarnation as preaching modes and formation resources. In chapter 7, specific acting techniques are explained, and their import for preachers is clarified. Chapter 8 brings the previous elements together in a proposed pedagogy model, an experiential and communal learning model, for preacher/artists. Chapter 9 provides the conclusion, summary discussion, and recommendations.

This thesis acknowledges that the preaching process is integrated within the larger scope of God’s movement in creation. It is also acknowledged that the preaching person filters the revelation of God through their experience of lived theology, including sensory manifestations of revelation.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general


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