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January 31, 2024

Theological education
in a time of individualism

The Theological Education Between the Times project has had scholars write on a variety of issues related to the field. In a new essay for In Trust magazine, Ted Smith, Ph.D., the project director of Theological Education Between the Times, examines the role of individualism in the future of theological education and the Church. He considers how schools can respond and what they can look for in his thoughtful essay. Also in the winter issue:
  • Creating paths forward: A gathering of Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative grantees provided an opportunity for schools - and the field - to hear how schools are progressing and what they're learning. Find out more about the event and some of the findings here.
  • Ready for the golden years: A program at Union Theological Seminary is helping people entering the retirement age to reflect theologically and prepare for new opportunities in the "golden years." Read more about the program here. 
Full issue: You can read the magazine on the In Trust Center website. 

The conversations leaders need 

Be sure to subscribe to the Good Governance podcast to find the latest in news, insights, and thought leadership in theological education. Recent episodes include:

  • Holistic pathways in Seattle: At the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, President Derek McNeil, Ph.D., and his team are preparing students to reinvigorate the community and face crises, including mental health, trauma, and isolation. Listen to the conversation here.
  • Imagining the future: Acadia Divinity College is using a Pathways for Tomorrow grant to experiment and discern the possible futures for the field. Acadia President Anna Robbins, Ph.D., and Jodi Porter, Ed.D., join the conversation which you'll find here.
  • No CEO goes alone: In Trust Center President Amy Kardash considers the magazine piece "No CEO goes alone" and how it shapes theological education
  • Chaplaincy and seminaries: The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab at Brandeis University offers training and tools for chaplains. Its leaders say chaplaincy can offer a bright future for theological schools. Listen to Episode 52 of the podcast here 
You can find more episodes on the In Trust Center's website. 

Upcoming must-see webinars 

The new slate of In Trust Center webinars is sure to engage leaders across your institution. They include:
  • Conflict and Crisis: Navigating the Shoals, A Deeper Dive – In this session, presenter Donna Alexander, president & CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies, builds off her previous webinar (see below) and goes deeper to examine crucial elements of conflict and crisis. The webinar is at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 15. Register for the webinar here.  You can watch Part 1 on demand here.
  • In Trust Center Resource Grants – An In Trust Center Resource Grant offers member schools a chance to explore innovation at their institutions through a matching grant opportunity of up to $15,000. On Thursday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET, you can join the In Trust Center staff for a 30-minute session to discuss the grant and how to apply.  Register for the webinar here.
  • Closing the Trust Gap: Taking Action on What Matters Most – An expert on trust and organizations, Cory Scheer, Ed.D.,  will present about a ground-breaking survey on trust and ways to improve it. Using years of experience as a college administrator and pastor, Scheer will equip you with next steps and how to build a framework of trust. The hour-long webinar on Tuesday, March 5, at 1 p.m. ET is good for the whole team. Register for the webinar here.
Find links and a host of on-demand webinars by clicking here.
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