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By Laura Lehman Amstutz
HARRISONBURG, Va. - Twenty-first century Christians find themselves in sweeping cultural change, fueled by rapidly-developing technologies. The 2009 School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary will give pastors and church leaders tools for living in this environment as faith followers.
The theme for the January 19-22 program is, “Christians Engaging Cultural Change.” Plenary discussions, worship and workshops will explore this theme. The program will include daily worship, singing and special music and opportunities for fellowship.
Plenary speakers are Shane Hipps, pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church, Phoenix, Ariz., and author of the book, “The Hidden Power of Electronic
Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church.” Regina Shands Stoltzfus, adjunct professor at Goshen (Ind.) College, will speak on race relations and the church.
A banquet for EMS alumni, pastors and program participants will feature a meeting and conversation between “Menno Simons,” a leader in the 16th century Anabaptist movement, and “John Wesley,” founder of the Methodist movement.
For more information or to register online, visit the SLT website: www.emu.edu/seminary/slt. Registration is $170 per person and $315 per couple by January 1; $190 per person or $365 per couple after that date.
Hotels in the Harrisonburg area are filling up quickly due to the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20. Persons needing lodging are encouraged to make their reservations immediately.