From Holy Rage to Holy Hope:
The Pastor as Public Leader, & Congregations as Healing Communities

Overcome the polarization that exists in American politics and religion by learning how you can bridge the divide.

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Building a Bridge Requires the Right Tools

The divide that exists in our country is hard to ignore. We see it on the news and in our social media feeds. Much of it’s ugly, and it’s easy to feel helpless and hopeless at the same time. The truth is it isn’t going to get better on its own, though. We’re going to have to do something.

If you’ve felt that same tension — from an increase in open hostility to broken relationships within your own congregation — you’re not alone. From Holy Rage to Holy Hope is your chance to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered to lead through division with justice and compassion. That works starts here.

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As a part of From Holy Rage to Holy Hope, you’ll spend six sessions with an engaged learning cohort committed to understanding the polarization around issues of race, politics, and religion. In that time, you and your fellow faith leaders will:

  • Explore what service to God and your community looks like as a pastor
  • Learn how polarization can be managed with critical and dialectical thinking
  • Uncover the revisionist history that props up white supremacy and Christian nationalism
  • Bridge the gap between denial and acceptance
  • Gain practical skills for better conversations and more respectful social media use
  • Build a plan for moving forward with ten critical tools


It feels like the stakes have never been higher, but if not us, who? If not now, when? This course is right on time.

Cultivate Community

Even though we know changed hearts and minds happen best in relationships, it’s a difficult truth to embrace. Our first impulse isn’t necessarilly to spend more time with people we disagree with, and we may not always want our way of thinking or feeling to change. It’s complicated — all of it.

From Holy Rage to Holy Hope is a safe place to share and grow. Together, we will learn how division evolves and create restorative ways of healing our shared humanity. Are you ready? The work is beginning.

Course Agenda

Rev. Dr. Richard W. Rouse

Rev. Dr. Richard W. Rouse is a parish consultant for the NW WA Synod, and works with congregations in the areas of strategic planning, spiritual discernment, and leadership. A certified Spiritual Director and ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), he has served congregations in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. Rouse is currently Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA.

Rouse was the Executive Director for Church Relations and Continuing Education at Pacific Lutheran University and a member of the religion faculty for eleven years where he taught vocation and ministry. He served as adjunct faculty at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN where he taught in the Doctor of Ministry program and also taught in the TEEM program (alternative M.Div.) at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) in Austin, TX. Rouse was the Founder and Director of the Missional Leadership Academy for the Grand Canyon Synod of the ELCA, serving congregations in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

Rouse is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) with a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary (Dubuque, IA). His doctoral thesis was “Equipping the Laity for Ministry: A Lay Training Center Model for the Local Parish” (1985) through Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (Berkeley, CA).

He is the author of numerous publications, including Beyond Church Walls: Cultivating a Culture of Care; A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of Transformation; Go Make Disciples: An Introduction to Baptismal Living; and Fire of Grace: The Healing Power of Forgiveness. In 2020 Chalice Press released The World is About to Turn: Mending a Nation’s Broken Faith a new book he co-authored with Paul Ingram. He and his wife, Beth Lewis, reside in Mukilteo, WA.

Registration Info
Course Dates: September 15, 22 and October 6 — 27, 2022 from 1 PM - 2:30 PM CT

Cost: $125.00

Gain Access to…

  • Critical and dialectical thinking skills
  • Encouragement that equips and empowers
  • Hands-on guidance and practical wisdom
  • …and so much more!
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