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Toward a Womanist Homiletic

Katie Cannon, Alice Walker and Emancipatory Proclamation

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Donna E. Allen

The sermon is a major theological voice in the Black church; it carries enormous influence and is traditionally and predominantly a Christian-based theoethical construct. Through the sermon, the preacher negotiates the contours of African American sacred and secular culture. The congregation is invited to examine social morals and values according to the faith claims of the sermon.
Toward a Womanist Homiletic builds on the work of Katie G. Cannon and Alice Walker to offer a womanist paradigm for analyzing the sermons of Black women and proposes the content of a womanist homiletic. This womanist homiletic is a foundational construct that includes an examination of theological language, the insights on the ‘trans-rational’ nature of preaching and the function of embodiment and performed identity in preaching. It also includes insights from a womanist critique of language in Black preaching, particularly the prevalence of derogatory language about women in the sacred rhetoric of Black preaching.

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Introduction 1 Chapter I. Moving Toward a Womanist Homiletic 7 Chapter II. Pathos, Ethos, and Embodiment 29 Chapter III. An Examination of a Womanist Preacher’s Sermonizing 45 Conclusion 81 Notes 85 Bibliography 93 Allen_Book.indb 7 03/12/12 3:23 PM Allen_Book.indb 8 03/12/12 3:23 PM

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