In the wake of traumatic experiences, many may be moved to cry or pray. Others simply feel numb. Numbness keeps us passive and unengaged in the pain of others. It masks the wounds that we ourselves carry and robs us of hope. This concrete and practical seminar equips preachers to be proactive about nurturing hope, healing, and resilience in our congregations and communities and to bear witness to God’s healing actions and intentions in our world.
Dates: August 14-16, 2019
United Theological Seminary
4501 Denlinger Road
Dayton, OH 45426
Joni Sancken is Associate Professor of Homiletics at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. She is interested in theological and contextual issues in preaching. She is the author of Stumbling Over the Cross: Preaching the Cross and Resurrection Today (Cascade, 2016) and Words that Heal: Preaching Hope to Wounded Souls (Abingdon, 2019). Joni is an ordained pastor in Mennonite Church USA and served congregations in Indiana and Pennsylvania. In 2017, she completed level one STAR training (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) through the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She lives in Oakwood, OH, with her pastor-husband Steve Schumm and children Maggie and Theodore.