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I Am Water, I Am Waiting: Discovering Water’s Biblical Witness

Saturday, 10:00am | River

This workshop explores the theme of water in the Bible through the contemporary lens of water pollution and fracking and its effects on women, families and communities. Bringing her experience as a preacher, educator, and “fractivist,” Leah Schade will work with participants to be part of a collaborative dramatic sermon preached as the character of Water in the story of the Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42). Our work together will demonstrate how we might listen to and amplify the voice of God’s Creation – as well as “the least of these” within the human community – through discourse, liturgy and creative preaching.

Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 16 years, Leah has served congregations in rural, urban, and suburban settings. She earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and completed her dissertation focusing on homiletics (preaching) and ecological theology (caring for God’s creation). Her book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecological Theology and Homiletics (Chalice Press, 2015) is available at Leah has served as an anti-fracking and climate activist, community organizer, and advocate for environmental justice issues, and is a trained workshop leader for Lutherans Restoring Creation, a grassroots movement helping congregations learn how to “go green.” Samples of her ecologically-themed essays, articles, sermons, book and film reviews, and other writings can be found on her Patheos blog:

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