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Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, PhD

Rev Dr. Leah Schade. Photo credit: Wendy Lynne Lee

Rev Dr. Leah Schade. Photo credit: Wendy Lynne Lee

I am committed to helping people learn how to do their part to care for God’s Creation and support eco-justice issues. We need to put in place the strongest protections possible to defend public health, the fragile atmosphere of our planet, and the communities that will bear the costs and suffering from our addiction to fossil fuels and greenhouse gases.

As a homilitician, I realize that preaching “good news” in the face of environmental devastation, the climate crisis and extreme energy extraction can be overwhelming for pastors and congregations alike. The temptation is to either preach legalistically about “saving the earth” or to wait passively for a messianic solution. I seek to navigate through this double-bind by proposing ways to preach sermons that address environmental issues with forthrightness and imagination. I’m interested in discovering how to interweave both a prophetic and a pastoral voice on behalf of the ecological crises of our time, all the while proclaiming God’s activity of redeeming, restoring, and resurrecting the Earth community.

At the same time, I am committed to living into the public theology of the church to be a moral and ethical voice at the table of community discernment. In my advocacy and activism, I believe that the issue of the climate-crisis will bring us together across lines of religion, culture, race, gender, politics, age, and economic level. When we creatively discern the vision of hope together, and follow through with the work that needs to be done, there is great potential for healing and new life.

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Bio

The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, Ph.D. is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America serving as the Pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, PA, in the Upper Susquehanna Synod (USS).  She earned her doctorate from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (where she received her Master of Divinity in 2000), having completed her dissertation focusing on homiletics (preaching) and ecological theology (caring for God’s creation).  Her new book, Creation-Crisis Preaching:  Ecological Theology and Homiletics (Chalice Press, 2015) is available at Chalice Press.  Dr. Schade is an adjunct religion and philosophy instructor at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, and Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, teaching courses on ethics, religion, gender and ecology.  Samples of her sermons, book and film reviews and other writings can be found on her blog:  Ecopreacher. She is also a professional harpist and her CD, Shall We Gather, is available at CD Baby. She and her husband Jim live in Milton, PA, with their children Rachel (age 12) and Benjamin (age 8).