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Islamophobia, Interfaith Relations, and Christian Preaching: Insights from “The Purple Zone”

How are mainline Protestant Christian ministers handling the “hot topics” of Islamophobia and interfaith relations in their preaching? In what ways did the 2016 presidential election affect preachers and their congregations when it comes to discussing other faiths? Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade will share insights from a survey of clergy about controversial justice issues in preaching. We’ll discuss how community dialogue can help create a “purple zone” that enables faith communities to find common ground within the red-blue divide. 


The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for nearly twenty years, Leah earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary). Her book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide, was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538119891/Preaching-in-the-Purple-Zone-Ministry-in-the-Red-Blue-Divide#). Her 2015 book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press) is available at https://www.chalicepress.com/CreationCrisis. She is also the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher/.

Time and Location


Date: September 28, 2019, 10 A.M. - Noon

Location: Masjid (Mosque) Bilal ibn Rabah, 1545 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505

Pot Luck Lunch

A pot luck lunch will follow for continuing the conversation and creating new friendships. Please bring a dish or dessert to share (no pork, please). 

Support Kentucky Refugee Ministries

The Steering Committee asks that those attending please bring canned or dry goods which will be delivered to God's Pantry, or gift cards (suggested amount $10) to Kroger or Walmart for use by Kentucky Refugee Ministries and those that they serve. 

Our Guidelines

Click here for our discussion guidelines. Our hope is to provide a forum where civil discussions about interfaith issues can occur with respect and understanding.