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The Abingdon Women's Preaching Annual Using an abbreviated lectionary-based format, this sermon anthology features reflections on the Scripture text, a complete sermon brief, and suggestions for worship which include calls to worship, litanies, prayers, and benedictions. Key Features: · A collection of lectionary sermon brief and worship ideas · Written by women · Offers practical assistance in the task of sermon preparation Key Benefits: · Readers will be assisted as they explore the ways women fulfill the preaching function in the church · Seminarians and women exploring the preaching function will be assisted in anticipating nuances of preaching in congregations · Readers will find useful practical insight and guidance in sermon preparation
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The Reverend Doctor Jana L. Childers, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Homiletics and Speech-Communication at San Francisco Theological Seminary, is a Presbyterian minister who served congregations in Kansas and New Jersey before joining the seminary faculty. She holds a B.A. from Wheaton College, an M.Div degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
Interests in the arts, spirituality and worship supplement Jana’s “central and great love” – preaching. She has appeared at churches and conferences across the country in the one-woman show Berries Red (1987-1997), produced the original musical Push Up the Sky (1997-1999) at the GTU and is currently working to bring Aimee!, a play about the life of Aimee Semple Mc Pherson, to the stage. She is the author of Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre (Abingdon Press, 1998), co-editor of The Abingdon Women’s Preaching Annual, Series I, editor of Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on Creative Process (Chalice Press, 2001) which was awarded the Religious Communication Association’s Book of the Year award, and editor of the forthcoming Purpose of Preaching (Chalice Press,2003).
Jana has appeared several times on Thirty Good Minutes, the television program produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club and was recently featured on the Odyssey Channel’s Great Preachers series.
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