November 12, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Central
Via Zoom

A challenging workshop to equip clergy and faith leaders with tools and techniques for preaching about race and the church from their unique experiences and perspectives.  Participants will learn how to tell their story about race and privilege in a sermon and accompany their congregation in a process of exploration and prophetic witness.  This workshop will introduce a model of “homiletical accompaniment” and guide leaders to confidently preach the good news as we wade in from any side of “the pool.”

Our Leaders

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 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).  Her forthcoming book, co-authored with Jerry Sumney, is Apocalypse When?: A Guide to Interpreting and Preaching Apocalyptic Texts. Leah has been a featured speaker for the Festival of Homiletics, leads workshops and retreats, and keynotes events throughout the country.  She is the director of a Wabash grant exploring the use of deliberative dialogue in congregations and theological education. Leah received the Kentucky Council of Churches award in 2019 and is the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos.

Rev.Soniyyah “Sonna” B. Key is a new resident of Springfield, IL. She is the Senior Pastor of Parkway Christian Church. Her home town is Fort Smith. Where she served as the chapter leader of Citizens Climate Lobby. Soniyyah received her Masters of Divinity from Southern Methodist University-Perkins School of Theology. She is a cross-cultural trained leader having pastored in both white and African-American churches. She has over twenty years of ministry experience. She is driven by her love for the church, community, and social justice. Soniyyah is the founder of PACE (Police and Community Engagement) an organization dedicated to social healing through tackling our society’s deepest racial divides. She created Bridges a community group committed to bridging the political divide, and is the Board Chair of The League an Environmental Resource Development Organization committed to racial equity and social healing. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree from Drew University.

Additional Information 

This webinar is for ordained and commissioned ministers and seminary students who are actively providing leadership at a congregational or Regional level. Following this workshop, the presenters will host two coaching sessions to follow-up with participants about their sermons and plan next steps. These conversations will take place on January 14, 2021, and March 11, 2021.