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Seminary Leadership School to Tackle Divisive Issues

Posted on November 16th, 2009

Western culture is becoming increasingly polarized around political and social issues. In turn, these issues find their way into congregations and heighten tension.

The 2010 School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary will give pastors and church leaders tools for dealing constructively with these concerns.

The theme for the January 18-21 program is “Centered on Christ in a Right and Left World,” with plenary discussions, worship and workshops focusing on this theme.

Greg Boyd, pastor and author
Greg Boyd, pastor and author
Jennifer Davis Sensenig, pastor
Jennifer Davis Sensenig, pastor

Plenary speakers are Greg Boyd, pastor at Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul Minn., and author of 18 books, including The Myth of a Christian Nation, and Jennifer Davis Sensenig, lead pastor at Community Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg.

David R. Brubaker, associate professor of organizational studies in EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, will lead a special “Dialog on Difficult Issues” training session.

Special interest workshops will focus on preaching preparation, immigration, poverty and racism and spiritual practices to stay centered on Christ. The EMU alumni and church relations departments will host a leadership award banquet Wednesday night. Ervin R. Stutzman, EMS dean and newly-appointed executive director of Mennonite Church USA, will speak at the dinner meeting.

To register online or for more information, visit the SLT website: www.emu.edu/seminary/slt. The cost for registration is $150 per person or $275 per couple by Dec. 1; $170 per person and $315 per couple by noon on Dec. 31; and $190 per person or $365 per couple after Jan. 1, 2010.

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