Preaching Across the Divide: Strategies for Sermons in The Purple Zone
The challenge of preaching across the red-blue divide in our churches is fraught with risks, but also offers opportunities for proclaiming the gospel and building community in profound and contextual ways. Informed by insights from her survey of over 1,200 clergy entitled “Preaching about Controversial Justice Issues,” Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade will help you think strategically about your sermons in the midst of this fractured time. Based on her book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), Dr. Schade 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.” Participants will work on upcoming lectionary texts for preaching using these tools.
When registering you will be asked to indicate whether you will be preaching from the RCL or NL on August 23 & 30 so that we can be ready to divide you into small groups to discuss how to preach these Sunday texts using the dialogical lens. Even if you are taking much deserved vacation time on August 23 or 30, join us to explore the learnings she will share.