Selah: A Sabbath Experience for Pastors

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"A Time to Pause, Reflect, and Relax"

Often times for leaders in pastoral ministry there is little time set aside to stop and listen.  After long stretches of going all out our ministry and our spirit need space and time for renewal.

"Selah" is a word used seventy-four times in the Hebrew Bible—seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. The meaning of the word is not known, though various interpretations exist. Selah is most likely a liturgical or musical mark giving instructions on the reading of the text, something like "stop and listen." 

Selah is an invitational sabbath experience for pastoral leaders to take time to"pause, reflect, and relax." 

2016 Selah Keynote


Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell‐Reed 

Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed is an ordained minister, practical theologian, and co-director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project, a national, ecumenical, and longitudinal study of ministry, now in its fifth year. Her book, Anatomy of a Schism: How Clergywomen’s Narratives Reinterpret the Fracturing of the Southern Baptist Convention, will be published by University of Tennessee Press in Spring 2016. Eileen is associate professor of practical theology and coordinator of mentoring, coaching and internship for Central Tennessee, a satellite campus of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kansas. She blogs at Keeper of the Fire.

Eileen earned a Master of Arts (2006) and Doctor of Philosophy (2008) in Religion, Psychology and Culture from Vanderbilt University. She also earned a Master of Divinity with an emphasis inpastoral care from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1993) and a Bachelor of Arts inreligion and communications from Carson Newman College (1989). She was ordained for ministryby her home congregation in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1995, and served a congregation in Georgia formore than five years before returning to graduate school.

Eileen is a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology, and co-chairs the Church and ChristianFormation study group. She is also a member of the Association of Practical Theology, and theNational Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. Since 2000 she has been a member of theAmerican Academy of Religion, serving as a member of the Steering Committee for the Psychology,  Culture and Religion group since 2008.


2016 SELAH Worship Leader

Rev. Kara K. Root is the pastor of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minn., a Christian community that shapes its life around worship, hospitality and Sabbath rest. She has an M.Div. with a concentration in Spirituality/Spiritual Direction from Fuller Seminary, and is a Minister of Word and Sacrament and Certified Educator in the PCUSA. Being mom to two entertaining kids (and two unruly dogs), and wife and proofreader to a wily theologian spices up her vocational calling and keeps her fully immersed in life. She's written for Sparkhouse "re:form" curriculum, Homily Service Journal, and Patheos, and blogs about ministry and motherhood at in the hereandnow.


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