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Preaching and the Theological Imagination


Zachary Guiliano and Cameron Partridge

In an era in which The Episcopal Church and the Church of England have become increasingly alarmed about numerical decline, Christian proclamation has become more important than ever. To fully meet this challenge, Anglicans must reclaim a vocation to preach the good news with both deep theological grounding and imaginative dynamism. Crucial to this process is a sustained engagement with deepening the theological imagination of the whole Christian community, through renewed practices of, and approaches to, preaching, study, and spiritual development.
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The Rev. Joel Daniels is a doctoral candidate in Boston University’s Division of Religious and Theological Studies, where he is completing a dissertation on the problem of the use of tragedy as a theological category in accounting for evil, drawing on the work of Donald MacKinnon and Rowan Williams. He is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and a Lindamood Fellow at the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion. He previously served as an associate rector at the Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington, New York, where he continues to serve as Assisting Priest.

Brad East is a PhD student in Religious Studies at Yale University. His research interests include ecclesiology, theologies of Scripture and its interpretation, Trinitarian theology, and the ethics of peace, war, and nonviolence. He has authored a number of articles and reviews in journals such as Pro Ecclesia, Scottish Journal of Theology, and International Journal of Systematic Theology, as well as more popular pieces. He was recently named Graduate Research Lecturer at Heritage Christian University (2014–2015) and Doctoral Fellow at The Louisville Institute (2014–2016), and is a lifelong member of the churches of Christ. His dissertation explores the nature, authority, and interpretation of the Bible in the theologies of John Howard Yoder, Robert Jenson, and John Webster.

The Most Rev. Dr. Roger A. Ferlo is President of the Bexley Seabury Federation. He was formerly associate dean at Virginia Theological Seminary and director of the Institute for...

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