Transforming Preaching

Ruthanna B. Hooke

Apr/2010, 168 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780898696462



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At once “travel guide” and vision for the future, the Transformation series is good news for the Episcopal Church at a time of fast and furious demographic and social change. Series contributorsrecognized experts in their fieldsanalyze our present plight, point to the seeds of change already at work transforming the church, and outline a positive new way forward. What kinds of churches are most ready for transformation? What are the essential tools? What will give us strength, direction, and purpose to the journey?

Each volume of the series will:

  • Explain why a changed vision is essential
  • Give robust theological and biblical foundations
  • Offer a guide to best practices and positive trends in churches large and small
  • Describe the necessary tools for change
  • Imagine how transformation will look

Preaching is one of the more “transformable” aspects of the church’s life. Performance teacher Ruthanna Hooke, writing for both clergy and lay leaders, delivers the good and bad news about Episcopalians and preaching. She explains why preaching is more difficult than ever today, and provides essential models and spiritual practices in order to transform both the creators of preaching and its listeners as both participate in sermons.      

Ruthanna B. Hooke is assistant professor of homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary and earned her Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University. She also teaches performance, movement, and voice training for preachers.

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