Everence Financial and Eastern Mennonite to cosponsor upcoming event
Spaces are filling up fast for this year’s School for Leadership Training (SLT) January 16-18, 2012 at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Plenary speaker Walter Brueggemann, and workshops on the theme “God and Mammon: Reframing Stewardship Amidst Abundance, Scarcity and Conflict” are contributing to an unprecedented number of early registrations.
“With the economy, jobs and money on the top of nearly everyone’s mind, and a great scholar like Brueggemann, this is a timely event,” said Linda Alley, coordinator for SLT.
Brueggemann, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, is a prolific author and has written more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on books of the Bible. He is also a minister of the United Church of Christ. Brueggemann has a ThD from Union Theological Seminary, New York and a PhD from St. Louis University.
“What we do with our money and how that connects to our faith is so vital,” said Alley. “Church budgets are stretched, individual’s budgets are stretched, and we often wonder how that connects with our faith.”
There will be 15 workshops and include a range of topics from living more with less, and preaching on money to faith in work settings.
Several of the workshops will be led by Everence Financial staff. “With our emphasis on faith and finance, this was the perfect opportunity for us to partner with Eastern Mennonite” said Joseph Lapp, managing director of Everence’s Harrisonburg office.
“Sometimes it seems there is a gap between the business world and the church,” said Michael King, EMS dean. “Our hope is Christian business leaders and church leaders will converse deeply about how our handling of money flows out of or impacts our faith.”
The SLT training workshop is the collaborative work of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, the master in business administration program at Eastern Mennonite University and Everence.
Christian business leaders, stewardship and financial officers in the church, pastors and lay leaders are encouraged to attend this three-day event. Group discounts are available for multiple members from the same church, business or organization when they register together.
For more information or to register visit www.emu.edu/slt.