Welcome to the Survey on Preaching about Controversial Issues!

The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade is Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Ky.  This questionnaire has been created as part of a research project regarding how Mainline Protestant preachers serving congregations in the United States handle sermons on controversial justice issues. For the purposes of this project, a controversial issue has the following characteristics:

· The issue affects people and communities at many levels (personal, family, institutional, governmental, societal, global).

· Decisions made about this issue at any one of the levels have an impact on at least one other level.

· There are a wide range of opinions about how best to deal with the issue.

· Emotions about the issue tend to be very strong for some people.

· There are a variety of factors involved in explaining why the issue is a “problem.”

· There is a great deal of stake for certain parties depending on how decisions are made at the personal, family, institutional, business, governmental, economic, policy, and global levels.

· There is usually a perceived debate about “rights” versus “responsibilities.”

· The issue is in some realm of public debate and has some bearing on politics and public policy.

This research project is designed to help ascertain if, why, and how theologically-trained ordained preachers choose to address controversial issues in their sermons.  Please note:  All responses are anonymous and confidential unless you choose to list your name and contact information at the end of the surveyIf you do choose to self-identify and you are contacted for an interview, proper research protocol will be followed.

Thank you for participating in this survey.  Your feedback is important.  The average completion time is 15-20 minutes. 

* 1. I am a preacher in a Mainline Protestant denomination: