“Peacebuilding When We’re So Divided” is the topic of next month’s Moderator’s Town Hall hosted by Paul Mundey, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. The online event on March 18 at 7 p.m. (Eastern time) will feature William H. Willimon.
“As both church and culture continue to fracture, many are discouraged, groping for ways to address the divide,” said an announcement. “We will explore practical peacebuilding skills, drawing on current best practices, along with insights from scripture, theology, and church history. The emphasis will be on hope, while acknowledging the necessity of realism and lament.”
Willimon is professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School, where he has held various roles since 1976. He served for eight years as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. For 20 years, he was dean of the Chapel and professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, N.C. He has held lectureships in distinguished institutions including Princeton, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine, and Oxford.
He is the author of some 100 books, which have sold more than a million copies. His book Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the 10 most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found him to be the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors, and his Pulpit Resource is used each week by thousands of pastors.
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