On January 11, Dr. Charles Campbell, professor of homiletics, the study of preaching, at Duke University Divinity School, gave public lecture about: “What’s going on in North American Homiletics?”
About 20 interested people attended the American Space Leipzig event.
Professor Campbell started the lecture comparing Hillary Clinton’s loss in the election with the Christian pulpit as a male space. He argued that her loss can be seen as representative for a structural disadvantage for women. Furthermore, he explained that homileticians cannot simply point fingers but need to face their own history where women have been refused to preach for a very long time.
Prof. Campbell pointed out that as the church institutionalized Christianity, it developed patriarchal structures. Women stepping into the pulpit has been seen as a subversive act.
Professor Campbell continued giving three examples of women that preached successfully in the 18th and 19th century, Jemima Wilconson, Jarena Lee, and a group of women novelists in the 19th century.
Furthermore, Dr. Campbell explained, that North American homiletics underwent a structural change in the past 45 years. About 30 percent of all U.S. homileticians are now women.