Creating Vital Congregations Webinars


Lexington Theological Seminary offers the Creating Vital Congregations webinar series to help equip pastors, church leaders and members alike with tools to address a wide variety of issues facing congregations today.

For the first time ever, these webinars are FREE!

Please register by 10 a.m. the day before the webinar.  A link to the webinar will be emailed 24 hours prior to the webinar. Late registrants are not guaranteed live participation; a link to view recorded presentation will be available within approximately one week of the presentation.

 


2021-2022 Webinar Series


Equity and Liberation: Dismantling Racism 2.0

Rev. Yvonne T. Gilmore

January 29, 2022| 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET

(Webinar description pending)

Rev. Yvonne T. Gilmore began serving as Interim Administrative Secretary of the National Convocation, and Associate General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada on December 1, 2020. From 2013-2020, she served as Associate Dean of Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago (DDH), and as a co-teacher in the MDiv Arts of Ministry sequence at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Ever committed to the cultivation of thought leadership and community formation, she co-directs “Living Justice: An Anti-Racist Practicum,” a justice learning and innovation lab that seeks to test out new approaches for connecting transformative leaders and ideas at DDH UChicago, and is also a core trainer with Reconciliation Ministries. She is a gifted spoken word artist and solo poet, and a member of the band, the Cornel West theory. Rev. Gilmore is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM), and the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and a former new church pastor, and chaplain. She holds a BA in International Relations from The American University, and an MDiv from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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Antisementism: New Forms of the Oldest Hate

Rabbi Noam Marans

March 6, 2022| 3:00-4:15 p.m. ET

Antisemitic incidents are on the rise and Jews feel less secure in America than at any time in the last eight decades. What are the reasons? What are the solutions? How can Christians and Jews work together to overcome stereotypes and reinterpret deeply cherished but hostile Biblical texts that are used to validate hate?

Rabbi Noam Marans, American Jewish Committee Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, heads AJC’s national interfaith outreach and advocacy. A nationally recognized leader in Christian-Jewish dialogue, he played  a central role in celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the transformational Vatican II Nostra Aetate document, delivering a keynote address at the official U.S. Catholic commemoration and participating in multiple audiences with Pope Francis. He is frequently quoted in the secular and religious news media and has written numerous thought pieces on Christian-Jewish relations. He has expanded AJC’s engagement with Latino Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants and Muslims, overseeing AJC’s co-sponsorship, with the Islamic Society of North America, of the national Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council. Before joining AJC in 2001, he served for sixteen years as a congregational rabbi in Ridgewood, NJ, where he led community interfaith efforts. He earned a B.A. in political science at Columbia University and an M.A. and Rabbinical Ordination at Jewish Theological Seminary, which has recognized him with an honorary doctorate for decades of service to the Jewish people. He is the immediate past chair of IJCIC, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations.

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Can We Talk? What the Bible Can Teach Us about Dialogue in a Divisive Time

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade

November 6, 2021 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET

Ministry in the red-blue divide 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 longitudinal research of nearly 3000 clergy and 1000 laity from 2017-2021, the Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade will help clergy and laity focus on insights from Scripture that can offer us wisdom in the midst of our fractured society.  Based on her book Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), Dr. Schade will introduce a “dialogical lens” for reading the Bible. Participants will examine upcoming lectionary texts using this dialogical lens which will provide sermon ideas for preachers and study opportunities for laity.

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 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 congregations 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).   Dr. Schade received a $30,000 grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion to study deliberative dialogue in classrooms and congregations.  She received the Kentucky Council of Churches award in 2019 and is the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos.Ministry in the red-blue divide 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 longitudinal research of nearly 3000 clergy and 1000 laity from 2017-2021, the Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade will help clergy and laity focus on insights from Scripture that can offer us wisdom in the midst of our fractured society.  Based on her book Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), Dr. Schade will introduce a “dialogical lens” for reading the Bible. Participants will examine upcoming lectionary texts using this dialogical lens which will provide sermon ideas for preachers and study opportunities for laity.

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