“What’s So Good about this Samaritan?: A Christian Ethic for Navigating Power and Difference” – Christena Cleveland and Drew Hart

For the opening plenary of the School for Leadership Training, Christena Cleveland and Drew Hart explore the Good Samaritan story. They  consider how Jesus told this unsettling narrative which exposed and confronted how power and difference were organizing people’s lives. They guide us into a reflection on the ethical implications for our own lives....

SLT opening worship and keynote: “Seasons of Longing” – Liz and Matt Myer Boulton

Liz and Matt Myer Boulton open the 2016 School for Leadership Training with their first keynote addressing the conference’s overall theme of Oasis. The ancient poetry of the Christian tradition in Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 understands and recognizes seasons of longing and fulfillment, repentance and mercy, violence and love, death and life, wilderness and oasis. Using....

SLT Opening Keynote: “Fear and Courage in a Tiny Church: Reflections on Life in a Small Parish” – Lauren Winner

Lauren Winner has written of her personal faith journey and is familiar with the issues raised by the School for leadership Training theme of A Church for All Generations in an Age of “Nones”. She opens the 2015 SLT  by addressing the intersections and challenges of these two in her keynote, “Fear and Courage....

“Sabbath as a Means of Transition from Anxious Scarcity to Grateful Abundance” Dr. Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann offers the third and final plenary address for the 2012 School for Leadership Training.  He considers the “sabbatic principle” as the practice and discipline whereby we may move from the narrative of scarcity and violence to the narrative of abundance and generosity. He considers the Sabbath, the year of release (Deuteronomy 15) and....

Conversations with Walter Brueggemann #2

SLT participants have an opportunity to discuss the second plenary session with Brueggemann. The 2012 theme for School for Leadership Training seeks to engage church and business leaders in an exploration of such questions and to plumb the wisdom of those living with possible answers. This school intentionally invites us to look deeply at....

Conversations with Walter Brueggemann #1

SLT participants have an opportunity to discuss the first plenary session with Brueggemann. The 2012 theme for School for Leadership Training seeks to engage church and business leaders in an exploration of such questions and to plumb the wisdom of those living with possible answers. This school intentionally invites us to look deeply at....

“Conflict from Below: The Possibility of Astonished Gratitude” Dr. Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann offers the second of three plenary address for the 2012 School for Leadership Training.  Brueggemann takes the manna story as the root of a counter narrative about finance that is grounded in creation that exhibits the generosity of God and the abundance of resources for the community of the world. The 2012....

“Conflict from Above: The Drive for Accumulation” Dr. Walter Brueggemann

Does a day go by without some thought or conversation about money? The economic climate? The lack of funds for a congregational program or project? The juggling act with personal bills? The search for wisdom about how to be good stewards of what we do have? Walter Brueggemann offers the first of three plenary....

SLT Closing Celebration Worship

Vice President and Seminary Dean Michael King preaches in the closing worship service for the 2011 School for Leadership Training at EMS.  This year’s theme is “Pentecost Remixed: The Work of the Holy Spirit.”