In the Room Where It Happens: Cultural Humility, Curiosity, and Wonder in the Homiletics Classroom

Authors

  • Sarah Travis

Abstract

This essay explores the homiletics classroom as a space of cultural humility, curiosity and wonder. As students are prepared for the work of being public theologians, they must be equipped to preach to those beyond the walls of the church, particularly in a digital age. What is the significance of those who are ‘not in the room’ where the preaching happens? I argue that teachers of homiletics can assist students to learn and practice cultural humility, which is an aspect of intercultural communication that will encourage a decolonized perspective. Cultural humility can then initiate creative responses such as curiosity and wonderment about others. This essay describes a process by which cultural humility, curiosity, and wonder can be modelled in the classroom and fostered in the evaluation of student sermons.

Published

2021-12-01

How to Cite

Travis, S. (2021). In the Room Where It Happens: Cultural Humility, Curiosity, and Wonder in the Homiletics Classroom. Homiletic, 46(2), 31-40. Retrieved from https://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/homiletic/article/view/5222