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"What am I going to say?"

Ideas for preaching through the election season

Red state/blue state politics have been threatening the foundations of our democracy and rending the fabric of our churches. Now, add to the mix heightened anxiety from living during a time of pandemic where deep racial and economic disparities have been laid bare. What shall pastors say?

Congregations and church leaders require new perspectives and insights for navigating this difficult time.

In this workshop for preachers, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will help you think strategically about your sermons. Based on her book Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), she offers a new way to approach preaching in this politically divisive climate using two tools: a “dialogical lens” for interpreting scripture, and the “Five Paths for Prophetic Preaching.” Together, participants will workshop sermon topics for the five Sundays preceding the national election using these tools.

Our objective in this workshop is that you leave with substantial ideas for sermons that can faithfully tend to our common life during this monumental year. 

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Leah Schade
Dates: Thursday, September 3; 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. via Zoom
Cost:  $65 each
Location: Online--Central time zone
Recommended for:

Registration is now closed for this workshop. If you are still interested in attending, you may reach out to Erica Knisely, Director of Programs, at, but given the short notice we cannot guarantee that we will be able to respond.


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.