Th e Homiletics of the Funeral (2) Cover Image

Temetési szolgálatunk homiletikuma – 2.
Th e Homiletics of the Funeral (2)

Author(s): Botond Péter Koppándi
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Erdélyi Unitárius Egyház
Keywords: unitarian liturgy; funeral sermon

Summary/Abstract: Most ministers consider funerals to be the hardest task in their ministry. There are many questions raised by this sad event in the life of a congregation: certain theological questions need to be addressed, faith issues come up very often, and so very deep pastoral skills are absolutely demanding in order to be a good minister for the bereaved. The study addresses the main issues of the funeral, mainly from a Homiletical perspective, but also addressing the Pastoral and the Liturgical side of the ministry, too. It talks about the preparation of the funeral as a pastoral act, the funeral itself as a liturgical action, but most of all, it gives a clear understanding of what a pastor should do in terms of crafting the funeral sermon. It is addressed especially to the ministers and the students who are struggling with the finding and preparation of “the right” text and words which are suitable to speak about a life which needs to be esteemed and celebrated. Others may find words of hope and comfort in the theology of the death as viewed from a Unitarian perspective.

  • Issue Year: 117/2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 13-25
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Hungarian