Below are the current course offerings for Summer term 2017.
“Pastoral Leadership Amid Political Turmoil”
The church does not exist in a bubble isolated from the political climate. In this season of national political turmoil, pastors find themselves challenged by how to respond to those in their congregations who hold radically different views of the current political situation.
What should one preach? What should one teach? How can a pastor be faithful to the gospel but remain non-partisan? How can a pastor help those with differing political loyalties engage in conversation about a Christian perspective on what is happening?
This half-day class will give pastors an opportunity to share their experiences and to reflect on what is happening in their congregations as a result of the current national political situation and then imagine together what a response faithful to the gospel might look like.
Dr. Bracke will bring two types of resources to bear on the topic. First, he will share biblical resources: lament traditions, prophetic traditions about economic injustice, and traditions regarding royal theology and the responsibilities of those in power from both the prophets and psalms.
In addition, Dr. Bracke will share material from Don Browning’s Fundamental Practical Theology including his tool which uses the acronym VOTER (Vision, Obligation, Tendency/Need, Environment/Context, and Rule/Roles). This tool can help people with conflicting views of the current political situation become clear about where they differ and begin to dialogue.
About Dr. Bracke
The Rev. Dr. John Bracke, retired Professor of Biblical Studies at Eden Seminary, St. Louis, served on the faculty of Eden for 28 years. Dr. Bracke is currently serving as Interim Minister at Columbia United Church of Christ congregation, Columbia, MO.
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Eden Theological Seminary
Press Education Center
475 E. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Tuition: (lunch included): $30 by June 17; $35 after June 17