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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Angela Hancock

"One of the questions I always ask students when they read a passage from the Bible is this: “What do you hope this text will say?”

It’s a good question for interpreters to ask themselves, because answering it reminds us of the sometimes uncomfortable truth that we always read with expectations. We come to texts, to people, to situations, to the world, looking for something. The question we must ask ourselves is this: are we genuinely open to finding something else? Something we did not expect? Something, perhaps, that we had secretly hoped not to find?" -Angela Dienhart Hancock, "Is Anybody Listening?"


The Rev. Dr. Angela Dienhart Hancock is Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Before coming to Pittsburgh Seminary, Hancock taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg. She is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served as pastor to churches in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Hancock earned her bachelor’s in music from Indiana University, Bloomington and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she won prizes in preaching and church music. She is the author of Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic, 1932-33: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich, a contextual interpretation of Swiss theologian Karl Barth’s lectures on preaching in the early 1930s based on unpublished archival material.

Hancock’s next project extends her work on Karl Barth to the North American context, tentatively titled, “Preaching in Tongues: Post-liberalism, Politics, and the Rhetoric of the North American Pulpit.” Her scholarly interests include systematic theology, homiletics, liturgical theology, rhetoric, history, and philosophical hermeneutics. Hancock continues to preach, teach, and lead worship in a variety of ecclesiastical settings. She is married to PC (USA) pastor Trent Hancock, and is mother of two.

Festival Schedule

She will be speaking on 5/22/2014 at 9:35am at Westminster Presbyterian in a lecture and on 5/22/2014 at 1:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian in worship.

Additional Info

We are very blessed to welcome Rev. Dr. Hancock here in May for the Festival. Her wealth of experience and knowledge allows her many insights to share. For more about her, please check out the following links:

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's Website


More about her book on Karl Barth: 


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