1 Preaching about Controversial Justice Issues: Tracing the Contours of the Purple Zone
2 Beyond “Political”: Reframing Our Understanding of Politics and Preaching
3 Homiletical Foundations for Purple Zone Preaching
4 Five Paths of Prophetic Preaching in the Purple Zone
5 Preparing for the Sermon-Dialogue-Sermon Process
6 Preaching Sermon 1: Prophetic Invitation to Dialogue
7 Deliberative Dialogue in the Purple Zone
8 Preaching Sermon 2: Communal Prophetic Proclamation
9 Case Studies from the Purple Zone, Part 1: Immigration
10 Case Studies, Part 2: Four Journeys into the Purple Zone
11 Building Bridges in the Purple Zone: Where Do We Go from Here?
Appendix A: Sample Newsletter Article Announcing Deliberative Dialogue
Appendix B: Options for Planning One, Two, or Three Sessions for the Deliberative Dialogue
Appendix C: “Cheat Sheet” Questions to Encourage Deliberation
Preaching in the Purple Zone is an excellent work designed to engage clergy and congregations in conversations to address controversial justice issues from a biblical perspective versus a political or cultural viewpoint. Considering the current political and cultural tensions in our nation, this text is timely for pastors and homileticians searching for a prophetic and practical preaching methodology that hopes to transform the congregation, community, and culture through Jesus Christ.
This volume is a resource for helping the church understand the challenges facing parish pastors, while encouraging and equipping preachers to address the vital justice issues of our time. It provides practical instruction for navigating the hazards of prophetic preaching with tested strategies and prudent tactics grounded in biblical and theological foundations. . . This book equips clergy to help their congregations respectfully engage in deliberation about “hot topics,” find the values that bind them together, and respond faithfully to God’s Word.
7/28/2020 – Author Leah Schade penned an article for Patheos, titled “#CloudOfClergy: The Many Ways Faith Leaders Show Up for Justice.” Link: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher/2020/07/cloudofclergy-many-ways-faith-leaders-show-up-for-justice/
12/8/2020 - SMU Center for Preaching Excellence featured author Leah Schade and her book on their YouTube series, Must Reads. Link: https://youtu.be/HM-ru7bMEhQ
9/6/21: Schade penned a book review for Patheos on a book similar to her own.
10/23/21, Patheos: Schade wrote a blog post about the rising number of clergy leaders who preach on certain political issues, namely climate change.
11/6/22, Patheos: Schade wrote about navigating divisive social issues through sermon.