Learning to Picture God from Those Who Cannot See


  • Craig A. Satterlee Lutheran School of Theology


As preachers seek to address the visual character of our culture by including components the congregation must physically see in the sermon, the church's way of describing God is almost exclusively visual, and this emphasis on physically seeing God, or having physical sight as the frame of reference by which we experience God, contributes to the "fragmentation" of people who are blind - and, by implication, all people who live with disabilities - from the church, the faith, and from God, since they are not able to "picture" God as the church does when it gathers to worship. Craig A. Satterlee, a homiletician who is legally blind, proposes six ways preachers and congregations can learn to picture God from people who cannot see and bring that perspective to the sermon. Satterlee's suggestions are (1) ask people who cannot see how they "picture" God; (2) name people who cannot see as models of faith; (3) reimagine Scripture; (3) choose language carefully; (5) preach to all our senses; and (6) make the visual aspects of preaching auxiliary rather than essential.






How to Cite

Satterlee, C. A. (2011). Learning to Picture God from Those Who Cannot See. Homiletic, 36(1). Retrieved from https://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/homiletic/article/view/3439