Teaching Social Justice in Comfortable Congregations and a Deeply Divided World
Event Details
Teaching Social Justice in Comfortable Congregations and a Deeply Divided World
11/04 - 11/11/2021
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

This online workshop is sponsored in partnership with the seminary's Leadership Institute and the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation (CSJR).

Workshop Description

Even a cursory glance at the news broadcasts the division among us as a nation and as a people. Democrat or Republican. Trump or Biden. Voting Rights or Securing our Election. There are those among us, even in our pews, who disagree to the point of dismissing a fellow sibling in Christ. While some draw lines in the sand or down the aisle, one in seven children in America live in poverty, and one in six are hungry.

Regardless of personal politics or worldview, there is little biblical, theological, and moral wiggle room for the faithful to step away from the harsh realities in which so many of God's children live. While it may be debatable whether church leaders should or should not take personal political stands from the pulpit or teaching position, the requirement to equip disciples to make faithful and moral decisions based on their faith is not debatable. 

Teaching Social Justice in Comfortable Congregations and a Divided World is not an elective; it is the essence of what it means to live into our baptism. It is our privilege and our sacred responsibility to teach those who seek to follow in God's ways how to bridge the divide between the personal piety of beliefs and the public decisions and practices of our lives.

The two workshops will use Zoom technology to meet online. Each registered participant will receive the class meeting link prior to the first workshop. The sessions will meet on two consecutive Thursdays, November 4 and November 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Please note that the workshop sessions will not be recorded. Participants will need an electronic device equipped with a reliable internet connection, built-in or external microphone, and a built-in or external webcam.

Once the event reaches capacity, a waiting list will be started.


Early Standard Registration (ends October 15): $45

Standard Registration (begins October 16): $60