Gospel Witness in Turbulent Times: The Season of Pentecost

The LTS faculty will offer a teach-in on Tuesday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the seminary’s facilities in Lexington, Ky. The event will be simulcast online for those who cannot attend in person.

The event is designed to equip clergy and lay leaders with frameworks and perspectives for approaching the intersection of scripture, public issues, and congregational context to navigate this time of increasingly divisive and contentious politics. Specifically, the teach-in will provide biblical tools, sermonic approaches, contextual theological frameworks, and practical tips for ministering and pastoral leadership.

You are invited to attend in person for as much of the event as you are able. If you cannot attend in person, you can join the teach-in via a live online simulcast.

The times in the following schedule are approximate:
10 – 10:30 a.m. Welcome and opening prayer
Overview: Frameworks and perspectives for approaching the intersection of scripture, public issues, and congregational context

10:45 – 12 p.m. (two 60-minute sessions with a 15-minute break between; both sessions will run twice so that all participants may attend both sessions)
Session A
Reading the Lectionary Texts with a Hermeneutic of Cultural Resistance
Dr. Jerry Sumney, Professor of Biblical Studies
Dr. Sumney will help participants look at upcoming texts in the season of Pentecost using a margins-oriented lens that can help shape Bible studies and sermons in the coming months.

Five Routes to Prophetic Preaching
Dr. Leah Schade, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship
Dr. Schade will guide a conversation helping clergy think about different ways to approach prophetic preaching given your congregational context and personal style, as well as your own comfort level with integrating public issues into your sermons.

Session B
A Theological Approach to Understanding Your Congregation
Dr. Emily Askew, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Dr. Askew will help clergy explore the complexities of bearing witness in congregations with listeners who are privileged, as well as those who are historically targeted, and the intersections in between.

After the Sermon: Compassionate Communication
Dr. Barbara Blodgett, Assistant Professor in Pastoral Leadership
Dr. Blodgett will offer a clinic in compassionate communication for those who would like to lead post-sermon conversations with effective listening and constructive dialogue.

If you plan to attend in person:
The teach-in will take place at Lexington Theological Seminary, 230 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY 40503. Take the elevator to the fifth floor. Follow the signs to Lexington Theological Seminary’s gathering space. If you need further directions, please contact the dean’s assistant, Ms. Deena Ainslie, at dainslie@lextheo.edu (or 859-280-1212).

To attend via simulcast:
Send an e-mail to the dean’s assistant, Ms. Deena Ainslie, at dainslie@lextheo.edu saying you wish to receive the link and handouts before the teach-in starts.