Invitation to the Purple Zone – Introduction to Deliberative Dialogue

Fri 10 AM | River

Leah D. Schade

Red state/blue state politics threaten the foundations of our democracy and rend the fabric of our churches. How can people of faith approach the task of addressing controversial issues without causing further divisions or rupturing relationships? In this workshop, you’ll learn a method of civil discourse called “deliberative dialogue” for finding common values among politically diverse people. The session will include an opportunity to participate in a deliberative dialogue forum on the opioid epidemic.

Leah Schade

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington (Ky.) Theological Seminary. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 18 years, Leah has served congregations in rural, urban, and suburban settings. She earned both her MDiv and Ph.D. degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Her book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit are available at Her forthcoming book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red/Blue Divide, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2019, and explores how clergy and churches can address controversial justice issues using nonpartisan, biblically-centered approaches along with deliberative dialogue. Leah is the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos:

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