From March to June, the In Trust Center hosted more than 20 webinars and Zoom conversations for administrators and board members of theological schools in the United States and Canada, both freestanding and embedded.
The webinars included a four-part series: Planning beyond COVID-19; collaboration with other schools; fundraising during COVID-19; and communicating with care during COVID-19. We also hosted a two-part webinar series on diversity, equity, and inclusion led by Dr. Doris García Rivera. All are available online.
The Zoom meetings were facilitated, loosely structured conversations with different groups of leaders.
The first, which we titled “Governance in Times of Crisis,” provided a meeting place and discussion forum for board members and chief executives. The next was for board chairs — and we held several conversations over a few weeks, during which time many of the participants built a kind of online community with their peers. We also held conversations for presiding officers, with separate meetings for leaders of Canadian schools, leaders of theological schools embedded in colleges or universities, and new presidents who are in their first years of service.
What did these leaders choose to discuss? Here are some of the topics:
The articles in the following pages address a few of these issues. We trust that you will find them helpful as you work to fulfill your mission in the coming months.
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