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Preaching in the Purple Zone

Red state/blue state politics threaten the foundations of our democracy and rend the fabric of our churches. Congregations and church leaders require new perspectives and insights for navigating this difficult time. In this workshop for preachers, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will introduce “sermon-dialogue-sermon,” a process for enabling congregations to find the values that bind them together and respond faithfully to God’s Word. She will help pastors unearth their congregations’ theologies of conflict and examine their rhetorical contexts. Together, participants will workshop sermon topics that can faithfully tend to our common life during a monumental election year. 

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Leah Schade

Dates: Rescheduling for Summer, 2020

Cost:  $65 each, includes lunch

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary,  McCord Community Center, 100 E. 27th Street, Austin, Texas 78705

Recommended for: Preachers 

About the Presenter

Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade is the assistant professor of preaching and worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for nearly twenty years, Leah earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary). She has pastored three Pennsylvania congregations in suburban, urban, and rural contexts. Her book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), explores how clergy and churches can address controversial social issues using nonpartisan, biblically centered approaches and deliberative dialogue. She is also the author of Creation-Crisis Preaching:  Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015), and co-editor with Margaret Bullitt-Jonas of Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). Dr. Schade is a $30,000 grant recipient from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and she received the Kentucky Council of Churches award in 2019.  She is also the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos.