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.

Please register by 10 a.m. the day before the webinar. A link to the webinar will be emailed the day 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.

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2022-23 Webinar Series

Free Webinar: Human Trafficking:  Framing Pastoral Responses to Forced and Exploited Labor

October 15, 2022 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Presenter: Dr. Yvonne Zimmerman

Human trafficking is often depicted as if it is primarily and most urgently a problem of sold sex and as if trafficking mainly affects women and girls. Thus depicted, when Christians respond to human trafficking, they frequently recruit sexual values that, steeped in Christian purity culture, problematically conflate sexual purity and virtue. Starting with an exploration of this popular understanding of trafficking and its impact on both public policy and vulnerable populations, this webinar will help ministers and lay leaders think theologically about human trafficking outside of a sexual purity framework and will discuss ways the church can respond both practically and pastorally to the needs that underlying situations of human trafficking.

Dr. Yvonne Zimmerman (she/her) is Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio near Columbus, Ohio (USA). Her primary area of research is the movement to end human trafficking, and she has published extensively on this topic, including Other Dreams of Freedom: Religion, Sex, and Human Trafficking (Oxford University Press, 2012). Zimmerman holds a BA from Goshen College; a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver.

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Free Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence and the Church: A Faithful and Faith-filled Response

December 3, 2022 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis

Victims and Survivors of domestic violence may not call the police. They may not seek out shelter. And they may not even tell a family member or friend about their abuse. Yet, the one place they may go to seek assistance is the Church. Is the church ready to respond? Is the church prepared to provide effective pastoral care for victims of abuse and accountability to perpetrators? Is the church aware of the devastating impact of violence on the family, community, and the church? And, Finally, has the church even considered their vital role in a collaborative partnership with other service providers. In addition to explaining the dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence, this presentation will seek to establish an ethical, theological, and moral imperative toward a faithful and faith-filled response to domestic violence. 

Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis is a United Church of Christ ordained pastor with deep roots in the Pentecostal Church, (Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, PAW). She brings over 30 years of pastoral care experience in the church as well as in the academy in the fields of ministry, pastoral care, theology, and ethics. Sharon earned her Master of Divinity Degree (Ministry) from Chicago Theological Seminary; her Doctor of Ministry degree (Pastoral Care) from McCormick Theological Seminary; and her PhD from Chicago Theological Seminary (Theology, Ethics, and the Human Science – Sociology). Dr. Ellis Davis is the author of Battered African American Women: A Study in Gender Entrapment (2014) and, in publication for 2022, Navigating My Way Through: Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is also a contributing author of two books. Dr. Ellis Davis is a retired certified chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains and a member of the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Ellis Davis teaches classes such as Sexual and Domestic Violence; Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis; Christian Ethics, and Peace building in the Beloved Community. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis is a Trainer for FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, WA, for Healthy Clergy Boundaries and Healthy and Safe Families. She is married to Rev. Dr. Edward Smith Davis, Conference Minister for the Southern Conference, United Church of Christ. Together they share 6 Children (one deceased), 15 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Her favorite scripture passage is Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount with wings as Eagles. They shall run and not be weary. And they shall walk and not faint, (KJV).  

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