Collaborative Seminar: The Work of Inclusion & Interconnectivity
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:30 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
ACADEMIC SEMINAR + COMMUNITY PROJECT + COLLABORATIVE COHORT
Our online collaborative seminars are a unique combination of academic coursework, on the ground activism, and cohort based dialogue. You will begin by learning from content consultants: leading experts and innovators in relevant fields. From there, you begin to explore those ideas in your own context to seek to bring about positive change. At the end of each seminar, you will reconvene with the content consultants to evaluate and explore the change you saw in your community. They, and a cohort of like minded leaders, will help you foster justice, peace and thriving community in your context. Plus, to make the seminars available to leaders around the world, we offer all of them in an interactive online format.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
Part 1:Academic Seminars
Part 2:Community Project
|Part 3:Collaborative Cohort|
Two 1-1/2 hour online seminars with content consultants, all of whom are leading scholars and community leaders. These initial seminars will consist of a discussion of literature and history related to the course by leading innovators. Apply your learning! Disperse into community for individual social change projects. To support your work during this time, you will take part in two to four online cohort discussions facilitated by personnel from the Center. Gather back online with the content consultants to present and discuss your projects. Consultants will help you dive deep into what worked well, what could be better, and the feedback you received from others.
The Work of Inclusion and Interconnectivity in Creating Community
This collaborative seminar explores the intersection of peace, justice, LGBTQ issues and environmentalism with the gospel and witness of the church. It will establish a cohort of leaders of faith communities that are interested in advancing issues of inclusion in their specific context. The cohort will explore the literature, both theoretical and practical, concerning the issues and challenges of engaging, changing and challenging a community in ways that end in a healthy and inclusive community for all. The seminar offers unique exposure for the participants to the pioneers of some of the more successful approaches to community change. Additionally, cohort members will support, challenge and clarify at least one community project that is attempted during seminar.
Content Curators and Facilitators
Rev. Dr. Bear Ride – Director of the Sally Ride Family Foundation, Activist in the LGBTQ community and an ordained Presbyterian Minister
Rev. Dr. Janie Spahr – Pioneer for LGBTQ inclusion in the Presbyterian Church
Rev. Scott Clark – Chaplain for San Francisco Theological Seminary, Lawyer and counsel to Jane Spahr during her trial
Anannda Barclay – Co-Moderator of the More Light Presbyterian Church
Brandan Robertson – contemplative activist, commentator, and spiritual teacher
Who should take this collaborative?
This course is designed for anyone who wants to work on inclusion in any religious community setting. Special attention will be paid to the Presbyterian experience. Each participant will benefit in direct ways from the wisdom and experience of others in the community concerning starting and sustaining healthy change.
To establish a cohort of people who are leaders of faith communities that are interested in advancing issues of inclusion in their specific communities
To explore the literature, both theoretical and practical, concerning the issues and challenges of engaging, changing and challenging a community in ways that end in a healthy and inclusive community for all
To expose the participants to the pioneers of some of the more successful approaches to community change
To have the members of the cohort support, challenge and clarify at least one effort that is attempted during the scope of the evaluation
Two 1-2 hour online discussion of literature and history with content consultants
Two to four cohort collaborative discussions of efforts as people are attempting their efforts in community facilitated by personnel from the Center
Two 1-2 hour online meetings for the work that that was done with content consultant
Participants device/computer should have the minimum:
- Most recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Opera
- Internet connection with 500+ Kbps
$150 or 3 Payments of $50. Must be paid in full by March 15.
If you wish to make payments, please select PAY OFFLINE at check out.
No refunds after February 28.
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San Francisco Theological Seminary
San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), the only Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seminary in the West, reinvents education for ministry through unparalleled innovation, rigorous scholarship, and a tradition of commitment to spiritual formation and social justice in the Christian faith.
We are a welcoming multicultural community assembled from throughout the world. Our curriculum combines classroom learning with immersion in practical ministry, preparing students to bridge theological, cultural and political divides. Any student who exhibits a commitment to critical theological inquiry is welcome. Here you will refine your unique gifts and cultivate ministry expertise for your ongoing participation in God’s New Creation.