Naming Graceby Mary Catherine Hilkert, Milkert
It is not a lack of training in the art of rhetoric that accounts for the ineffectiveness of preaching within Christian churches. More significant is the lack of adequate theological foundations. While recognizing the great contribution that neo-orthodoxy and the "dialectical imagination" have made, Hilkert's major contribution is a scholarly examination of the… See more details below
It is not a lack of training in the art of rhetoric that accounts for the ineffectiveness of preaching within Christian churches. More significant is the lack of adequate theological foundations. While recognizing the great contribution that neo-orthodoxy and the "dialectical imagination" have made, Hilkert's major contribution is a scholarly examination of the resources of the "sacramental imagination."This examinations shifts the focus from the divine-human gap and the sinfulness of humanity to the grace discovered in everyday life, and the word entrusted to the entire community of faith. With particular attention to what constitutes "women's experience," the final chapters engage the issue of how social location shapes the experience of both hearers and preachers of the word.
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Rarely do I get excited over required texts for graduate studies. However, a notable exception is 'Naming Grace', a wonderful contribution to liturgical preaching in the Catholic tradition. The author captured my attention from the very first page of the Introduction: 'The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning.' Mary Catherine Hilkert's text should be required reading for anyone brave enough to venture into the world of preaching. Since I come from a Judeo/Christian background, I am especially appreciative of Dr. Hilkert's recognition of past failures amongst homilists who preached what amounted to 'replacement theology.' From a Catholic perspective, Dr. Hilkert has words of wisdom for both the novice and seasoned homilist. Even the community has a role to play: 'For both preachers and hearers of the word this means relocating the good news not in the text but in the community in dialogue with the text'(pg. 81). Dr. Hilkert writes with a wonderful combination of wit, intelligence and sensitivity. 'Naming Grace' should be purchased by anyone serious about the art of delivering a good homily. Having read many books in the course of my M.A. and M.Div studies at St. Bernard's Institute, I was truly delighted to come across the treasure I found in 'Naming Grace'