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Listening to Listeners in a Digital Culture: The Practice of Listening to Digitally-Mediated Sermons
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2490-8489
2023 (English)In: Homiletic: The Journal of the Academy of Homiletics, ISSN 0738-0534, Vol. 48, no 1, p. 16-31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 This study examines digitally-mediated sermon listening practices by interviewing twenty-nine listeners from Swedish Protestant congregations. The analysis draws on Theodore Schatzki’s practice theory, focusing on the entanglement of human activity, material arrangements surrounding the preaching event, and the ends of practices—including how changes to any or all of the above impact the practice in question. The study found that listeners strove to uphold the listening practices they were accustomed to from their respective churchesand attempted to carry these over into the digitally-mediated preaching event. To a large extent,they succeeded in opening and managing a “third room of preaching.” Furthermore, the studyhighlighted the importance of knowing the ends of these listening practices. The study alsodemonstrated the significance of material arrangements and how changes in these arrangementssometimes led to the obstruction—or even breakdown—of listening practices. However, changesin material arrangements also inspired new practices—pointing to the need to rethink listeningpractices that are merely borrowed from in-church services.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. Vol. 48, no 1, p. 16-31
Keywords [en]
online preaching; sermon listeners, practices. practice theory
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Practical Theology including Religious Behavioural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1918OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1918DiVA, id: diva2:1766056
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Ingår i doktorsavhandlingen (sammanläggning) Co-preaching: The Practice of Preaching in Digital Culture and Spaces.

Available from: 2023-06-12 Created: 2023-06-12 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Co-preaching: The Practice of Preaching in Digital Culture and Spaces
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2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purposes of this article-based thesis are to explore and understand preaching as a practice in general,and the practice of preaching in digital culture and spaces in particular. Informed by the practicetheory of Theodore Schatzki, it presents the results of a cross-case analysis of four di!erent case studiesof the practice of preaching in digital culture and spaces in Swedish protestant churches. Based on theanalysis, I argue that the deep relationality of the practice of preaching involves not just humans andtexts but also material arrangements and that this feature often is ampli"ed in digital culture and spaces.While there were examples of a decrease, overall, there was an increase in interaction, negotiation, andinterdependency. In light of this, I contend that the practice of preaching in digital culture and spacesis characterized by co-preaching. Moreover, I argue that some of the implications of co-preaching arethe enabling and encouragement of dialogue, imagination, and the priestly function of the priesthoodof all believers, but also an increased vulnerability for the co-preachers involved.

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Stockholm: Enskilda högskolan Stockholm, 2023. p. 253
Series
Dissertationes Theologicae Holmienses ; 2
Keywords
digital homiletics, online preaching, the practice of preaching, digital culture, the preaching event
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Practical Theology including Religious Behavioural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1842 (URN)978-91-88906-21-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-06-16, Enskilda högskolan Stockholm Sal 219/220, Åkeshovsvägen 29, Bromma, 13:00 (English)
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