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Preaching Across the Red/Blue Divide: A Preaching WELL Event

with Jabe Largen and Justin Coleman

October 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am

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This event is part of a larger three-event Preaching WELL series. To learn about the whole series, visit our Preaching WELL page.

This year, Preaching WELL is an opportunity to hear from our NCC preachers about how they have both struggled and succeeded at crafting sermons on three topics that challenge our everyday lives and our experience as Christians. These virtual sessions will be a time of exploration and sharing and will include experiences from our speakers, small group breakout time, and Q&A.

We know that context matters, so we have matched up a preacher from rural settings with a preacher from an urban or suburban context. Whether you proclaim weekly or preaching is an occasional part of your ministry, we welcome you to join the conversation as we dive into three challenging topics that are critically relevant for preaching today.

About Jabe Largen and Justin Coleman

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About Jabe Largen

Jabe has spent 10+ years in ministry in the NCC, first at Faison UMC and now at Pinehurst UMC. One of the primary focuses of Jabe’s ministry in both places has been the utilization of the pulpit as an instrument to promote understanding of, and appreciation for, the “other” who may think and vote different than the hearer. One of Jabe’s greatest passions in ministry is helping congregants and community members see the connections that exist within the community and the body of Christ that seemingly go unnoticed or are perceived to be disconnections due to our partisan political climate.

Jabe and spouse Amber currently live in Southern Pines with their 3 children, 3 cats, and Collie dog. Jabe is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and a recent recipient of a Doctor of Ministry degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His doctoral work focused on appreciative place making practices for clergy appointed to foreign environments.


About Justin Coleman

Justin grew up in Texas and was ordained an elder in the Texas Annual Conference. A graduate of Duke Divinity, he has served in many contexts, including Associate Pastor at SMU’s Wesley Foundation; intern and Associate Pastor at University UMC in Chapel Hill; Associate Pastor at St. Luke’s UMC in Houston, Texas; Executive and Lead Pastor of the Gethsemane Campus of St. Luke’s Church; Chief Ministry Officer of the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville; and, now, Lead Pastor at University UMC in Chapel Hill.

Justin and his wife, Chaka, live in Chapel Hill with their three sons, Zan, Max, and Lawson.


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