Watching ‘Blade Runner’ in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Part two of Leah Schade’s Blade Runner blog series from EcoPreacher.

“In that moment, Roy becomes a Christ-like figure, his hand reminiscent of Jesus’s own hand nailed to the cross. The crucifixion was a saving act. And Roy’s stunning last act – saving Deckard when he did not at all deserve saving – was a powerful scene of grace (complete with Roy’s white dove, a symbol of the Holy Spirit). As I am learning, when it comes to racial reconciliation, wounded hands continue to reach out and grab us with a grace that will not let us go.”

Read more here.

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky.  An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 17 years, Leah has served congregations in rural, urban, and suburban settings.  She earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and completed her dissertation focusing on homiletics (preaching) and ecological theology (caring for God’s creation).  Her book Creation-Crisis Preaching:  Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015) is available at  Leah has served as an anti-fracking and climate activist, community organizer, and advocate for environmental justice issues.  Samples of her ecologically-themed essays, articles, sermons, book and film reviews, and other writings can be found on her “EcoPreacher” blog at Patheos:  You can follow Leah on Twitter at @LeahSchade, and on Facebook at


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