Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide

by Leah D Schade. Rowman & Littlefield, May 3, 2019.

This book equips clergy to skillfully preach and facilitate congregational dialogue about divisive justice issues.


survey findings about engaging justice issues in congregations; a practical sermon-dialogue-sermon process; paths to prophetic preaching; taking the temperature of the congregation; guide for facilitating dialogue with suggested questions; case study examples

Best For

preachers and leaders seeking to address social justice issues; especially ELCA


purchase as book or ebook

Suggested Uses

  • Skillfully preach and discuss social justice issues by following the framework in the book.
  • Assess if your congregation is ready to address a hot issue by learning to take a temperature reading.

About the Contributor

Kate White

Kate is the associate director for resources at the Center for Congregations. She manages educational resources and works to get the best resources into the hands of congregations.

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