Lay School of Theology

The Lay School of Theology is a continuing education program for all who wish to enrich their Christian faith.


How can we talk with people who differ from us politically, theologically or culturally?  Are there ways we can engage issues of public concern in our congregations so that we can listen, respect, and learn from each other?

Based on her book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will introduce participants to deliberative dialogue in “The Purple Zone” to find common ground within the red/blue divide in our congregations.  Deliberative dialogue is a form of civil discourse that brings people together from diverse experiences and viewpoints to share their concerns about a topic, discern their shared values, and suggest steps for moving forward.  Deliberative dialogue is an opportunity to listen deeply and share openly and respectfully.  In this way, we can build community, even when there are strongly held opinions from many perspectives.

Rev. Dr. Leah Schade is the Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary.  An ordained Lutheran minster for 20 years, Dr. Schade earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary).  She has pastored churches in suburban, urban, and rural contexts.  She is the author of five book, and is currently conducting a longitudinal research study about ministry, preaching, and social issues. She is also the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos.  In December 2021, Dr. Schade was elected 2nd Vice President of the Academy of Homiletics, a three-year position that will culminate with serving as President of the Academy in 2024.

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Link to the recorded Fall 2021 Lay School of Theology is available for purchase.

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Link to the recorded Spring 2020 Lay School of Theology is available for purchase.

Link to the recorded Fall 2020 Lay School of Theology is available for purchase.