By registration; Lifelong learning for faith leaders doesn’t just happen in theological schools – it occurs in a variety of other venues as well. Whether denominational bodies, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, or stand-alone initiatives, these education providers share the same basic commitments as seminary-based programs: providing practitioners with relevant, excellent enrichment to help them sustain vibrancy in their work. Join a panel of “outside the seminary box” lifelong learning leaders to explore five key insights that can inform your work in theological schools!
“Educating Outside the Box: 5 Things Theological Schools Need to Know from Their Programmatic Partners” is open to all leaders at ATS member schools. The webinar is being hosted by the ATS Pathways for Tomorrow Coordination Program and co-sponsored by the Association for Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry.
Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock, President and Principal Consultant, The School of Global Citizenry
Tay Moss, Coordinator of CHURCHx and the Innovative Ministry Centre, Toronto United Church Council
Jessica Williams, Director of Ministry Education for the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary
Aaron Stauffer, Director of Online Learning, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock (she/her) is co-founder, owner, and managing director of Tumbuh Global and president and principal consultant of The School of Global Citizenry. She is a global citizenship specialist, international Global Citizenship Education consultant, international immersive learning guide, educational design consultant, and seasoned organizational executive with nonprofit and B Corp-spirited for-profit experience. Andreolli-Comstock is an ordained Alliance of Baptists minister, former international anti-human trafficking specialist (Southeast Asia), former refugee resettlement manager (United States), and three-time American expatriate. She speaks fluent Indonesian and has been leading group travel immersions for more than 15 years. She received her MDiv from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and a DMin from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky, where she also serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of the Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry.
Aaron Stauffer is the director of online learning and the Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt Divinity School, working primarily with the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice. Before his doctoral work and his time at Vanderbilt, Stauffer organized with the Industrial Areas Foundation in San Antonio, Texas. Between his seminary degree and his doctoral work, he led a national anti-Islamophobia initiative based in the Southeast, the Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative, and he helped found Faith and Culture Center, a local nonprofit that continue this work today. His book, Listening to the Spirit: the Radical Social Gospel, Sacred Values, and Broad-Based Community Organizing will be published by Oxford University Press in 2024. Drawing on discussions of racial capitalism, feminist theory, and philosophical theology, the book makes a case for the political role of sacred values in broad-based community organizing, especially in the organizing practices of the listening campaign and relational meeting. Stauffer graduated with a PhD in social ethics from Union Theological Seminary in 2020.
Jessica Williams serves as director of ministry education at the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary. In her role, she serves in leadership with the Freedom Church of the Poor and coordinates trainings and educational programs for congregations, clergy, and activists toward building a movement to end poverty. Williams previously pastored American Baptist congregations in New York, Iowa, and Kansas, and was a staff member at Central Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas. She earned the MDiv from Union Theological Seminary and a Master of Science in social work from Columbia University through a dual degree program. In 2022, she completed her PhD in adult learning and leadership with certificates in social justice education and qualitative research methods from Kansas State University, completing her dissertation, “It’s God’s Work: A Multiple Case Study of the Use of the Bible in the Movement to End Poverty Led by the Poor.”
Date & Time
Fri, Apr 21, 2023 , 1:00 p.m. ET —
Fri, Apr 21, 2023 , 2:00 p.m. ET