The inaugural conference, on the theme “Sermon: Text and Performance,” was held October 19-22 in Huntington, WV. Photos from the event can be viewed online, and some of the abstracts and papers are available via the links below.

The full program included presentations from some 25 scholars, mostly from the eastern United States, as well as roundtable discussions with Marshall faculty and students and local clergy.

There were two special events open to both conference attendees and the general public: a talk by Marc Saperstein entitled "Jewish Pulpit Responses to Nazi Persecution and Mass Murder, 1933-1945” and a performance by George Drance entitled *mark: The Gospel of Mark written in the First Century. These events were made possible in part by the West Virginia Humanities Council, the Edwards Visiting Professor in the Arts Program in Marshall’s College of Arts and Media, and Marshall’s College of Liberal Arts.


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Thursday, October 19th
2:00 PM

Recycling a Colonial Puritan Sermon: A Case Study

David M. Powers, Independent Scholar

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3:15 PM

The principles and required elements of the official Friday Sermon “Khotbat Al-Jumu’a’ in Islam

Majed J. Khader, Marshall University

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

7:00 PM

Jewish Preaching in Response to Nazi Persecution and Mass Murder 1933–1945

Marc Saperstein, Leo Baeck College

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, October 20th
8:30 AM


Ralph J. Gore Jr, Erskine Theological Seminary

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

11:00 AM

The Disputes of Rav Ashi and Ravina in Vienna: Adolf Jellinek and the Place of the Talmud in Jewish Modernity

Samuel J. Kessler, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Saturday, October 21st
10:15 AM

Convent Space and the Theater Stage in Early Modern Drama

Beverly L. Bragg

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

“In the Language to which They Were Born”: A Study of Audience for the Vernacular Catholic Homilies of Aelfric

Angela B. Fulk, SUNY Buffalo State

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

2:00 PM

Deep Ecology in William Gilpin's Sermons

Mark K. Fulk, SUNY Buffalo State

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Establishing a Conscience of Connection: The Individual Conscience and the National Soul in the Sermons of Pauli Murray

Angela M. Lahr, Westminster College, New Wilmington Pennsylvania

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Text and Performance in John Wesley's Final Oxford Sermon: Antithesis and Appeal in Scriptural Christianity

Jim R. Coleman, Kentucky Wesleyan College

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM