Ruth Haley Barton is founder of the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors, Christian leaders and the congregations and organizations they serve. She is the author of numerous books and articles including “Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry,” “Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, Invitation to Solitude and Silence,” and “Longing for More”. She spoke at McCormick’s “Preaching as Leadership: Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Ministry” event on April 5-6 in Chicago.
The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is an Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She is ordained as an Episcopal priest and served as a US Army Reserve Chaplain. Dr. Gafney wrote “Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel”, contributed to “Biblia Africana, Abingdon Pastor’s Bible Study, Volume III” and co-edited the “Peoples’ Bible from Fortress Press”. She gave McCormick’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage and History Lecture on March 14 and led a Community Bible Study on March 15.
Preaching and Public Leadership: News We Can Use!
In a world of twenty-four hour newscasts, we receive constant reports of incivility and hostility. Many of our leaders seem unwilling or unable to transcend the gravitational pull that drags public conversation and conduct to its lowest levels.