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Practicing Theology in Public

How should we live together? What can unite us in hope?  With the Practicing Theology in Public series, Education Beyond the Walls offers compelling ways to explore these contested questions of our common life. Practicing Theology in Public presents a suite of educational opportunities for pastors and other leaders interested in how their Christian faith informs the way they engage issues of social concern, who want to deepen their skills for faithful engagement, and who sense an urgency to this calling in 21st-century America.

This series extends EBW’s work in the Pastoral Leadership for Public Life program, funded in large part by Lilly Endowment Inc. It is our pleasure to offer this to a broader audience this year, and keeping with that grant, we are excited to offer substantial discounts for pastors who are in the first ten years of their ministry.


To engage in the continuous exercise of a profession—including a religious profession; to become proficient through systematic exercise.


How God relates to the world—interpreted through the lens of Christian scripture, tradition, practice, and experience; in respectful conversation with varied other ways of knowing, from the margins to the halls of the academy; done in community—recognizing all who seek to engage the questions as public theologians. 


Participating in the incarnational character of of the church; concerning issues of public life—economics, government, security, flourishing—seeking to promote the common good; requiring humility, a willingness to enter into dialogue, to keep an open mind, and to bridge gaps in understanding.

Upcoming Events

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October 2021

Media Communications for Pastoral Leaders with Jenifer Sarver and Marjorie Clifton


November 2021

"Embracing Full Humanity" Facilitator Training with Nicole Bell and Skye Howell


January 2022

Holy Rage, Holy Hope with Richard W. Rouse