Sunggu Yang

Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow in Preaching and Worship

B.A., Yonsei University; M.Div., Candler School of Theology, Emory; STM, Yale Divinity School; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Yang’s research and academic interests focus on cross-cultural education and ministry, comparative homiletical studies, and the intersection of contemporary arts – specifically films – with preaching and worship. From 2011 to 2015, he served as managing editor of The Journal of Homiletic, published by The Academy of Homiletics, and in 2014 founded the Asian American Theological Forum (www.aatfweb.org), an online resource-sharing and conversational platform on Asian American Christianity and beyond. Yang is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has been involved in various congregational ministries for the past ten years, serving as Associate Pastor of Campus Ministry and Worship, Homeless Outreach Preacher, College Ministry Director, and English Ministry Pastor.

Yang is a recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Louisville Institute, part of its Vocation of Theological Educator Initiative.

Religious Affiliation

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Preaching
  • Introduction to Worship
  • Creativity, Arts, and Preaching
  • Multicultural Worship
  • Comparative Homiletics
  • Homiletic Theories
  • Film & Preaching
  • Prophetic Imagination and Preaching
  • 21st Century Theologies for Preaching

Books

  • Evangelical Pilgrims from the East: Faith Fundamentals and Homiletic of Korean American Diasporas (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2016)
  • The New Art of Preaching: An Aesthetic Homiletic for the 21st Century, In Progress

Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews

  • King, Kingship” in Film, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Ten Volume Encyclopedia Series Vol. XIII (Berlin; New York: Walter De Gruyter Inc., 2017, forthcoming)
  • “Homiletical Aesthetics: A Paradigmatic Proposal for Holistic Experience of Preaching,”Theology Today (2017, forthcoming)
  • “Human Rights” in Film in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Ten Voume Encyclopedia Series Vol. XII (Berlin; New York: Walter De Gruyter Inc., 2016)
  • “The Abrahamic Pilgrimage Story in Sermons: An Ontological-Narrative Foundation of Asian American Life in Faith,”Theology Today vol. 73 no. 1 (2016): 24-35
  • Self-Mirroring through Broken Pieces: Jesus among the Comfort Women,” AATF (The Journal of Asian American Theological Forum) vo. 3, no. 1 (2016): 31-35
  • Review of Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationshipsby James V. Brownson. In Homiletic, Spring 2016
  • Review of A Matrix of Meaning: Finding God in Pop Culture, by Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor. In Homiletic, Winter 2015
  • “Hagiography” in Film in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Ten Volume Encyclopedia Series Vol. X (Berlin; New York: Walter De Gruyter Inc., 2015), online
  • “Proper 15 [20]” in Preaching for Social Justice and Transformation, Three Volume Commentary Lectionary Series Vol. III (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013), 358-363
  • “Advent/Christmas Welcoming the Word,” Homily Service 43, no.1 (2009): 13, 21-22, 31, 40, 50-51
  • “Preaching the Lectionary to the 2nd Korean American Generation: Providing a Meaningful Story to the Story-Lost Generation.” Journal of the Korean American Ministries & Theology 1, no. 2 (Spring 2009): 67-75
  • Review of Preacher as Liturgical Artist by Trygve David Johnson. In Homiletic, Spring 2015
  • Review of The Power of Multisensory Preaching and Teaching: Increase Attention, Comprehension, and Retention by Rick Blackwood. In Homiletic, Winter 2014
  • Review of Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century by Ruth C. Duck. In Homiletic, Spring 2014
  • Review of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler. In Homiletic, Winter 2013
  • Review of Asian American Evangelical Churches: Race, Ethnicity, and Assimilation in the Second Generation (New Americans) by Antony W. Alumkal. In Homiletic, Spring 2013

Select Academic Lectures

  • “Arts and Preaching: An Aesthetic Homiletic for the 21st Century,” The Association for Theopoetics Research and Exploration (ATRE), Boston, MA, 2016
  • “A Freudian-Ritualistic Analysis of Liturgical Preaching: Therapeutic Merits Found,” North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), Houston, TX, 2016
  • “Homiletical Aesthetics: A Paradigmatic Proposal for Holistic Experience of Preaching,” The Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, 2015
  • “The First Female Preacher/Apostle: Mary Magdalene in the Sermons of Contemporary Women Preachers,” North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), Minneapolis, MN, 2015
  • Other-Typological Illustration: King’s Perception of Universal Reconciliation and Sermon on Exodus 14:30,” The Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, 2014
  • “Toward A Distinctive/Distinct Asian American Practical Theology,” Association of Practical Theology (APT) Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, 2014
  • “Liturgical Preaching as Ritual: Ritualistic Analysis and Social Functions of Liturgical Preaching,” North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, 2014
  • “Theological Aesthetics: An Introduction to A Cinemate/Cinematic Homiletic,” The Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY, 2013
  • “The Five Codes of Asian American Preaching: A Socio-Ecclesial Approach,” The Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, 2012
  • “A Homiletic Project: A Critical Methodology for Preaching to the Episodic Congregation,” The Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, 2010

Select Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Selectee for Magnolias Sustainability Project 2016 (May 11-12), Wake Forest University
  • The Provost Fund for Academic Innovation on the course Prophetic Ministry: Social Witness, Protest Arts & Preaching in conjunction with The Festival Week of Prophetic Ministry; Awarded by The Provost Office, Wake Forest University (2016)
  • Melon Certificate in College Teaching, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University (2015)
  • Recipient of Mersick Prize (Excellent Public Speech Award) upon Graduation, Yale Divinity School (2010)
  • Recipient of Hooker-Dwight Fellowship upon Graduation, Yale Divinity School (2010)

Professional Affiliations

  • North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL)
  • Academy of Homiletics (AH)
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • Association of Practical Theology (APT)
  • The Association for Theopoetics Research and Exploration (ATRE)