Register for Missional Partnership events with Dr. Elaine Heath
by VMC Staff
7:00 – 8:30pm Main Lecture: “Is There Good News for a World in Trauma?” (Seminary Martin Chapel)
What does it mean to be a missional church that is good news for neighborhoods and individuals who have experienced trauma? How can healthy Christian community heal trauma? What kind of leaders are needed so that the church can foster healing for a world in trauma? Elaine Heath offers a challenging but hopeful vision for leaders and congregations.
Thursday, November 21
8:00 – 9:30am Area Pastors’ Breakfast with Dr. Elaine Heath* ($15 | Park View Mennonite Church)
Dr. Heath will share about her life at Spring Forest and her innovative work with Neighborhood Seminary.
11am-12pm Seminary Chapel: “Wilderness Credentials” (Seminary Martin Chapel)
12-1pm Dr. Heath joins a lunch with seminary students, faculty, and visiting pastors* (Free | Seminary Gathering Area)
1-3 Pastors Workshop: Forming and Leading Micro-Communities of Hope (Seminary Martin Chapel)
In this workshop Dr. Elaine Heath offers practical and theologically grounded guidance for those who hope to launch and lead new forms of faith communities in post-Christendom contexts.
* Registration required.
About Dr. Heath
Dr. Elaine Heath’s scholarly work is interdisciplinary, integrating pastoral, biblical, and spiritual theology in ways that bridge the gap between academy, church, and world. Her current research interests focus on community as a means of healing trauma, emergent forms of Christianity, and alternative forms of theological education for the church in rapidly changing contexts.
Heath is the author of numerous books and articles, the most recent of which is Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse: Reading the Bible with Survivors (2019), a republication with updates of a previous volume: We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2011). Her other publications include Five Means of Grace: Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way (2017), The Mystic Way of Evangelism, Revised and Updated 2nd Edition (2017), God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (2016), Missional.Monastic.Mainline (co-authored with Larry Duggins, 2014), Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Communities (co-authored with Scott Kisker, 2010, and Naked Faith: The Mystical Theology of Phoebe Palmer (2009).
Heath’s vocational journey includes having served as Dean of the Divinity School at Duke University, and the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She is a pioneer in new forms of theological education. In that capacity Heath is co-founded the Missional Wisdom Foundation, and more recently she co-founded Neighborhood Seminary, a contextualized model of missional theological education for laity.
Elaine is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and served in pastoral ministry prior to her academic ministry. She lives with her husband at Spring Forest, an intentional Christian Community and farm in rural North Carolina where she serves as Abbess.