The Purple Zone

A place to preach & offer ministry in the Red/Blue divide, equipping Christians & pastors during this divisive time.

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship, Lexington Theological Seminary

Leah is also the author of Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015);

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11 Books for Preachers in the Purple Zone

You’re a preacher and you know you need to address the assault against humanity and our planet that is being perpetrated by the Trump administration.  But some things are holding you back. Maybe you don’t feel informed enough about certain issues.  Maybe you don’t feel you received enough training in seminary for how to preach a … Continue reading 11 Books for Preachers in the Purple Zone

Clergy Trend-Watch: Top 7 Justice Issues Preachers will be Addressing in the Next 6 Months

Economic issues top list, with racial and ethnic tensions coming in second March 11, 2017 If you are a Mainline Protestant preacher in the United States, chances are you will be addressing economic issues such as poverty, consumerism, debt or homelessness within the next 6 months.  This is according to a survey of over 1200 … Continue reading Clergy Trend-Watch: Top 7 Justice Issues Preachers will be Addressing in the Next 6 Months

Why the Ten Commandments Authorize Prophetic Preaching

When we read the Ten Commandments today, most people only think of them as a set of rules for the conduct between individuals. And most of us were taught to think about the Catechism as a morality document. But there is a revolutionary aspect to the Ten Commandments and Luther’s Catechism that people often forget or want to gloss over. Just writing the Catechism was a radical act for its day.

Welcome to The Purple Zone!

Welcome to The Purple Zone! In a society increasingly polarized and averse to respectful dialogue, our churches reflect the wide range of viewpoints across the Red/Blue divide that can entangle pastors and parishioners within divisive controversy. And yet the prophetic and Gospel witness of the Bible compels us to address contemporary justice issues. How do we listen to each other across hostile divides of red/blue politics, race, class, gender and sexuality, geography, culture, and religion? How is God speaking to us through these difficult conversations?

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