Ethical Leadership, the Church and the Global Economy

Seminary to Hold Major Conference in February Exploring Ethical Leadership

EVANSTON, Ill., December 2009 - The Ethical Leadership, the Church and the Global Economy Conference, Feb. 25-27, 2010 at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will bring key academic, business and church leaders together to explore ways faith communities can become agents of transformation in the new economic reality of the Midwest and the world.

"The changing global economy is having a dramatic impact on our communities, our congregations and the mission of the church itself," says Dr. Mark Fowler, Garrett-Evangelical vice president for vocation in ministry. "In order to have some focused conversation and to look at possible responses for church leaders, congregations and the academic community, we have organized a conference that brings together the best of those who have led us in thinking about these issues. We are also gathering church leaders who will engage the conversation and will participate with those who attend the conference in establishing concrete next steps for the church, the academy and the witness of the church in the world."

Conference goals are threefold: 1) to refine and focus the impact of the global economy and formulate strategic directions for the church's response; 2) to establish relationships across the church and the academy to think strategically and ethically in order to address the changing realities in our communities and institutions; and 3) to shape the work we will do as leaders and members of the church and the academy to impact the effects of the global economy in this time of change.

Distinguished speakers and work-group leaders include:

  • Bishop Gregory Palmer, President of the Council of Bishops, United Methodist Church
  • Richard Longworth, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of "Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism"
  • Dr. Max Stackhouse, Professor Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary and international speaker on faith and globalization
  • Dr. Walter Fluker, Executive Director of the Leadership Center, Morehouse College
  • Bishop Sally Dyck, Minnesota Episcopal Area, United Methodist Church
  • Dr. Brent Waters, Director of the Stead Center for Ethics and Values, Garrett-Evangelical
  • Dr. Dipak Jain, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
  • Dr. Juan Floyd-Thomas, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
  • Dr. Peter Paris, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Drew Smith, Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience, Garrett-Evangelical
  • Bishop John Hopkins, Ohio East Episcopal Area, United Methodist Church
  • Dr. Philip Amerson, President, Garrett-Evangelical

For more information, including the conference schedule, and to register online, visit or contact Wendy Kneer at 847-866-3961 or

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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