17 May 2024
17 May 2024

ATS Globalizing Conversations Webinar Series

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By invitation; This third webinar of the ATS Globalizing Conversations series, "The Global Contexts of Mission and Partnerships," is developed for ATS member school administrators, faculty, students, and anyone—especially historic global partners of ATS—interested in global awareness and engagement in theological education.

Many ATS member schools have partnerships with formal and nonformal educational institutions outside North America. Beyond these partnerships, member schools are finding that the “global” is within their gates, in their classrooms, in their sites of ministry, even within themselves. Different constituencies within ATS member schools are expressing the need to explore together what these “global realities” mean for their communities of faith and learning.

The webinar will feature live interviews with two individuals with expertise, experience, and commitments in this area of theological education. Heidi Hadsell is president emeritus of Hartford International University for Religion and Peace and a board member of the Graduate Theological Union. J. Jayakiran Sebastian is dean of the seminary and H. George Anderson Professor of Missions and Cultures of United Lutheran Seminary.

Time will be devoted to conversation among participants regarding their experiences and hopes for addressing the challenges that effective global partnerships pose to all of us and will be followed by Q&A time with the interviewees.

The deadline to register is Thursday, May 16.






Heidi Hadsell

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Heidi Hadsell

Heidi Hadsell is president emeritus of Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. She previously served as director of the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. She also served as dean of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and taught at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. Hadsell is widely published on ecumenism, environmental ethics, interreligious relations, and the public role of religion in society. She sits on several national and international boards, including Arigatou International; Globethics.net; Advisory Committee to the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Association of Theological Schools in North America and Canada, and Plowshares Institute. She was a participant in the International Higher Education Interfaith Leadership Forum. Hadsell holds an MA from Union Theological Seminar, and PhD from the University of Southern California.

‍J. Jayakiran Sebastian

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‍J. Jayakiran Sebastian

‍J. Jayakiran Sebastian serves as dean and H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures at the United Lutheran Seminary. Previously, he served at the United Theological College in Bengaluru, India, where he was professor in the Department of Theology and Ethics. He also served as department chair, dean of doctoral studies, and secretary of the governing council. He served rural and urban pastorates of the Karnataka Central Diocese of the Church of South India before being invited to join the faculty of the United Theological College as a junior lecturer.

Sebastian continued his commitment to pastoral ministry by serving as associate presbyter in churches where the diocese needed him. The engagement continues in the US through regular preaching and presiding at worship services in congregations in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond.

He is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry; the North American Patristics Society; the International Association of Patristic Studies; the International Association of Mission Studies; and the American Academy of Religion. He served as the associate editor and is currently the contributing editor of the journal Mission Studies. He is a member of the Global Network for Public Theology and is an advisory panel member of its journal, the International Journal of Public Theology. He is the co-editor of the series, Postcolonialism and Religions, published by Springer/Palgrave Macmillan.

Sebastian received his Master of Theology from the Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture, Kerala (Senate of Serampore College) and his Doctor of Theology from the University of Hamburg, Germany.


Webinar Contact
Alyson Barra

Date & Time
Fri, May 17, 2024 , 1:00 p.m. ET
Fri, May 17, 2024 , 2:15 p.m. ET


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