ngls-logoNorthern Great Lakes Synod

Professional Leader’s Retreat

an event for Pastors, Deacons and Licensed Lay Ministers

Sunday, February 27—Monday, February 28, 2022

Ramada Inn in Marquette, Michigan

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade

Lexington Theological Seminary

Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide: Preaching and Teaching
in the “Purple Zone”

Congregations and church leaders require new perspectives and insights for
navigating this difficult time. The challenge of preaching across the red-blue divide
in our churches is fraught with risks, but also offers opportunities for proclaiming
the gospel and building community in profound and contextual ways.

About Our Speaker

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at
Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky. An ordained minister in
the ELCA for 20 years, Leah earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary).
She has pastored three Pennsylvania congregations in suburban, urban, and rural
contexts and is the author or editor of five books.

Dr. Schade’s book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), explores how clergy and congregations can address
social issues using nonpartisan, biblically-centered approaches and deliberative
dialogue. Dr. Schade received a $30,000 grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching
and Learning in Theology and Religion to study deliberative dialogue in classrooms
and congregations. She received the Kentucky Council of Churches award in 2019
and is the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos. She and her husband live with their
two teenage children in Lexington.

Ramada Inn

412 W. Washington St., Marquette, MI 49855

Spouses and families are welcome to attend this event, but childcare will not be provided. The Ramada Inn has a heated pool,
whirlpool, sauna and fitness room for the whole family to enjoy (subject to COVID-19 restrictions). The hotel is within walking
distance of beautiful downtown Marquette and has an onsite restaurant. Room amenities include: refrigerator, microwave, ca-
ble tv with 75 channels, free internet, coffee maker, iron & ironing board and hair dryer.

Registration Deadline

Monday, January 24, 2022

Registration is available below. If you prefer to mail in your registration, please download this form. Make checks payable to “Northern Great Lakes Synod” and mail with registration form to:

Northern Great Lakes Synod
1029 N. Third St., Suite A
Marquette, MI 49855