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SLT to Focus on Sexual Wholeness

HARRISONBURG, Va. - In a sexually-obsessed, broken world, what does it mean to live fully the life that God is calling us to?
Brenda Martin HurstBrenda Martin Hurst

The 2008 School for Leadership Training (SLT) at Eastern Mennonite Seminary will address this critical question and related questions on sexuality.

The theme for the January 21-24 program is "Embodying Sexual Wholeness in a Broken World." Participants will hear sermons and plenary discussions led by a pastor, a theologian and a counselor.

"We hope that SLT this year will provide a safe place for pastors and church leaders to discuss this important church issue," said Sara Wenger Shenk, associate dean and associate professor of Christian practices at EMS. Dr. Shenk is planning worship for this year's SLT program.

Keith Graber Miller
Keith Graber Miller

Plenary speakers are Brenda Martin Hurst, former theology professor at EMU and currently pastor of Frazer (PA) Mennonite Church whose doctoral work focused on Mennonite beliefs about sexuality; Keith Graber Miller, theology professor at Goshen (Ind.) College and Annmarie Early, professor of counseling at EMU.

This year's program will adopt a new format that will include time after each plenary session for small group discussion. Each worship service will feature a sermon on the topic of the day.

Special interest workshop sessions will include "Sex and the Pulpit," "Negotiating Singleness and Sexuality" and "Walking with the Sexually Traumatized."

Annmarie Early
Annmarie Early

A Wednesday evening banquet will honor veteran church leaders John R. Martin and Paul T. Yoder of Harrisonburg for their significant years in a variety of ministry roles.

Registration for SLT opens Aug. 15, 2007. To register online or to learn more, visit the SLT website: www.emu.edu/seminary/slt. The cost for registration is $120 per person or $195 per couple by Dec. 1, 2007.

posted 7/26/07