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Preaching Amid Trauma and Change (Center for Leadership Excellence)

January 25 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

These are challenging times in which to preach and minister. We live in a pandemic-scarred world where communities are being asked to reimagine what it means to be church. Denominational affiliations are shifting, with church members and leaders feeling adrift or in flux. Our news is filled with ongoing stories of mass violence, natural disasters, increased political division, or acts of hate or hurt done one child of God to another. Put simply, it is a challenging time to be in ministry and to proclaim God’s word.

How might we understand these challenging times and respond faithfully and well? In our time together we will consider where we are, how we might respond in the moment, and how we might imagine moving forward with theologically grounded, realistic hope. Thinking about the impact of communal trauma and leaning on wisdom of our biblical ancestors in faith, we will begin to consider what it might mean to proclaim God’s word in these uncertain times when communities (preachers included!) feel unmoored and uncertain about the future.