CFP: Call for Preachments

As editor of Dialogue, I’m hoping to revive an old feature–the “From the Pulpit” section, that published LDS sermons. I refuse to believe that the fine rhetorical tradition of Mormonism is completely dead, painful recitations of GA sermons and Especially for Mormons treacle notwithstanding.

So, if you hear (or deliver) an especially fine sermon in Sacrament Meeting (or in the Episcopal church where you sing in the choir or the Unitarian Universalist meeting you attend occasionally or wherever), please encourage the author to submit it to editor@dialoguejournal.com

Many thanks!!

Comments

  1. Cool idea Kristine.

    If I could recommend one more small thing. Could you guys at least mail hard copies to Canada? My electronic version has been a pain to get too and I just like having physical copies (I would even pay a bit more for additional postage like I do for the JMH)

    Thanks! (not that you were soliciting those kind of suggestions…)

  2. Jon, I’m glad that there are still people who like to hold a physical object when they read–I’ll see if I can find out what the possibilities are.

  3. Please help me understand exactly how to distinguish a preachment from other types of “literature.” Would the distinguishing characteristic be that it is delivered verbally at some point? What if it is prepared, but never delivered verbally?

  4. Thanks Kristine, honestly it is still easier to read longer documents when you get the real copy than it is to read it on an LCD screen.

  5. Rick, I don’t especially care whether it was delivered or not, only that it is sermon-like in construction–somewhat colloquial, exhortative (rather than merely descriptive or narrative, as a personal essay might be). But yes, if you’re like me, with more desire than opportunity to sermonize, here’s your chance :)

  6. What a great idea! I was looking at the American Library publication of American Sermons and thinking about the sermon as a medium that I’d never thought much about, but wanted to understand better. I’d love to see this as a feature in Dialogue!

  7. Kristine, how edited do you want these to be? Do you want to preserve some of the spontaneity of live discourse? Or do they need to be more carefully crafted than that?

  8. Emily, those questions will be worked out in the editing process–we’ll try to keep them informal, although it usually does take a little cleaning up to get things to translate from spoken to written.

  9. With her permission, I’d like to nominate Mraynes sacrament meeting talk called The Grand Tapestry.
    It’s pretty fabulous.

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