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It’s not too late to enroll!

You can still join us live on Monday, November 5th. You’ll receive the recording of the first session by email.

Preaching Across the Divide

October 29th & November 5th

6:00-8:00 p.m CST (online)

With midterms approaching and the tenor of national discourse approaching chaos, the challenge of preaching across the red-blue divide is fraught with risks.

But it also offers profound 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 Schade will help you think strategically about your sermons in the midst of this fractured time.

Based on her forthcoming book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide, you’ll learn:

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  • a new approach to preaching in this politically divisive climate using a “dialogical lens" for interpreting scripture

  • a nonpartisan method for crafting sermons addressing issues of public concern

  • models for proclaiming the gospel in a contentious political climate—without being divisive or partisan

  • new ways to engage the public sphere with both prudence and imagination

With the lectionary texts for November 4th and 11th in view (the weeks before and after the midterms), this practical course will give you the insights you need to preach wisely and confidently across the divide.

You’ll also receive:

  • a worksheet for reading the Bible through a “dialogical lens”

  • a 5-point sermon form to make the case for addressing issues of public concern in a non-partisan, gospel-centered way.

  • sermon helps for November 4th and 11th

  • tips for preaching in a pastorally prophetic way.

Join The Rev’d Dr. Leah Schade and The Rev’d Lisa Cressman for this two-day seminar designed to equip you with practical insights and strategies you can use to reach listeners with the Good News—regardless of their party affiliation.

If you’re sensing the rising tension in your church and wondering how to navigate the next few weeks (and years), this seminar is for you.


About The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade

The 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 18 years, Leah earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary).  Her forthcoming book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red/Blue Divide, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2019The book explores how clergy and churches can address controversial justice issues using nonpartisan, biblically-centered approaches and deliberative dialogue. Her 2015 book Creation-Crisis Preaching:  Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press) is available at  She is also the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos: