Faith and Deliberation in a House Divided: Finding the Purple Zone

DateOctober 2, 2020
Time9:00 am - 2:30 pm
LocationZoom | Register at here.
Description

How can we talk with people who differ from us politically? Are there ways we can engage justice issues in our congregations so that we can listen, respect, and learn from each other? This workshop will introduce participants to the The Purple Zone the common ground within the red/blue divide in this country and in our communities.

Participants will engage in a deliberative dialogue about a current social issue and learn how you can help your church move beyond divisiveness to a gospel-centered engagement based on shared values.

Featuring Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, author, speaker, preacher and professor.

Participants are encouraged to join all session, but are welcomed to participate in specific sessions.

To register in advance on Zoom visit here.

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 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 congregations 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 received a $30,000 grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion to study deliberative dialogue in classrooms and congregations. She received the Kentucky Council of Churches award in 2019, and is the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos.
PublisherBaylor Public Deliberation Initiative
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