Means of Grace: Leading in Politically Divided Times
Leading in Politically Divided Times - Episode No. 35
America is divided and the church is not immune. The divisions are largely motivated by this and the previous election cycle. In this episode, Jesse Enniss is joined by Dr. Trevor Eppehimer, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Hood Theological Seminary, Rev. Jan Brittain, Lead Pastor, Williamson’s Chapel UMC, and Rev. Jamie Hamrick, Senior Pastor, Rocky Mount UMC who discuss the role of the church in this political climate.
We discuss what it looks like to live in unity and how clergy can navigate the political tensions within our congregations and between one another.
Show Notes - Episode No. 35
The October 2020 edition of E-LEAD resources leaders on “Leading in Politically Divided Times” https://www.wnccumc.org/elead
Related resources from Williamson’s Chapel UMC, Rev. Jan Brittain, lead pastor:
- Sermon archive: https://willchapumc.org/worship/sermon-archive.html including the Race to Right Relationship and Unite in the Word series.
- Podcast, Curious Living: https://curiousliving.libsyn.com/ Why Can’t We Just Get Along (2 episodes).
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
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