September 3, 2019 R. Drew Smith

Preaching to Social Context: Africa (updated)

We are inviting sermons that wrestle biblically, theologically, politically, or sociologically with the contexts and life-worlds within which Africans live and minister. These submissions will be considered for publication as part of a Transatlantic Roundtable series highlighting African social theologies and the day-to-day social contexts and situations into which those theologies speak.

Sermons and presentations for the Africa volume must be situated thematically within an African social and ministerial context. That is to say, the sermon or publicly-presented message must wrestle at its core with contextual and existential themes emanating from the lived experience of continental Africans. Sermons or public presentations addressing social policy issues, social justice concerns, social healing, or social empowerment are especially welcomed.

While the theological and exegetical ‘content’ of the sermon is certainly important, the social ‘context’ of the sermon is equally important. Context in this instance refers to the setting in which the sermon was preached, but even more importantly, the African social situations and circumstances being addressed within the sermon. It is requested then that sermons make sure to incorporate stories, social narratives, and social analysis so that the sermon provides a rich understanding of the social context into which the sermon is speaking. 

Sermons or presentations should be 4,000 words or less, and will be considered only from persons currently living and working in Africa. The submission should be accompanied by a brief autobiographical sketch of 250 words or less, outlining connections between the ministry and the context being addressed, and outlining the occasion and setting of the sermon or public presentation. Please submit only one sermon or presentation. Submissions should be publication-ready in their clarity, coherence, and writing mechanics. This initial publication in the series will be an English language publication, although we are hoping for translated submissions from non-English speaking African contexts as well. The editors for the Africa volume will be Prof. R. Drew Smith (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), Prof. Philomena Mwaura (Kenyatta University, Kenya), and Prof. Babatunde Adedibu (Redeemed Christian Bible College, Nigeria).

Please forward submissions for the Africa volume by October 15, 2019 to Prof. R. Drew Smith: rsmith@pts.edu. We anticipate being able to accept approximately 30 sermons or public presentations for the Africa volume and hope to notify persons by November 30, 2019 as to whether their submission has been selected for publication in this volume. We look forward to the possibility of your participation.

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