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Connectional Learning Webinar Recordings

Webinars are an opportunity to connect with you in the midst of your busy schedule to provide you with relevant and timely education and training for professional development, spiritual formation, congregational and community leadership, and more. Below you'll find a collection of webinar recordings, including recordings from our For Such a Time As This webinar series.

If you have suggestions for future webinar offerings, please let us know at connectional.learning@garrett.edu or 847.866.4547.

Webinar Recordings

The Heartbeat of Leadership: Weaving Together Personal and Professional Leadership for Increased Excellence

The Heartbeat of Leadership: Weaving Together Personal and Professional Leadership for Increased Excellence

Recorded February 22, 2018

Webinar Description:

How does your heart beat in strength of your leadership? There are two sides of leadership: (1) professional leadership, which includes the “hard” skills and abilities of tasks, management, and technical abilities, and (2) personal leadership, known as the “soft” skills of leadership. These unseen attributes, motivations, and life skills have profound influence upon professional leadership.

Professional leadership can only go as far as personal leadership allows.

This overview of the inner side of leadership brings intentionality for integration of spiritual direction in 21st century leaders. Two resource books will provide wisdom and direction for the conversation: Peter Koestenbaum’s Diamond Leadership model in his book, Inner Side of Greatness, and Gil Stafford’s book, When Spiritual Direction and Leadership Meet.

Webinar Leader:

As founder of Living Streams Flowing Water online and onsite Spiritual Formation ministry (www.livingstreamsflowingwater.com), Brenda is one who seeks earnestly to experience God’s presence. Her great desire is to companion others as we share God’s prayer and deepen awareness of God amid personal life and within community.

Brenda is an ordained elder within the United Methodist tradition, a UM Endorsed spiritual director and coach, and has her ICF (International Coaching Federation) certification for spiritual coaching (www.coachfederation.com). Brenda has a deep passion for spiritual formation within the church and for clergy.

With an online teaching certification, she is adjunct at Ashland Theological Seminary, teaches for GBHEM UMC Cyber Campus, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, The Reuben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation, and CenterQuest, an international ecumenical spiritual direction training center.  

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Using Your MDiv in the Public and Social Sectors

Using Your MDiv in the Public and Social Sectors

Recorded October 25, 2017

Webinar Description:

Nearly one-third of graduates with a theological degree are looking for careers in non-traditional ministry roles from community action to government to business. What are some of those roles? Do you have questions about how to use what you have learned from your degree program to work in the public or social sectors? If this sounds like you, this webinar will help you think creatively about potential vocational opportunities in these sectors and how to pursue them. You will walk away with practical tools for how you can use your theological degree to effect change for the good in a wide variety of ministry settings.

Roxane White, Morgridge Innovator in Residence at Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Garrett-Evangelical trustee, and formerly CEO of a national nonprofit and chief of staff for a governor, will share how valuable a master of divinity degree is for landing a job with value-driven work and how to market the skills and knowledge a graduate theological education provides as you seek a position in the public and social sectors.

Webinar Leader:

Roxane White is the inaugural Morgridge Innovator in Residence at Ascend at the Aspen Institute. In this position, she expands the conversation around solutions for families with low incomes and advances systemic shifts and new ideas to serve children and their families more effectively. White has previously served as the President and CEO of Nurse-Family Partnership, manager of the Denver Department of Human Services, and chief of staff to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. A trustee of Garrett-Evangelical, Roxane understands the importance of preparing skilled, bold, and articulate leaders for a wide variety of ministry settings. White has her masters of divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary and her masters in social work, administration, and planning from San Francisco State University.

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For Such a Time as This Webinar Series Recordings

About the For Such a Time As This Webinar Series

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary's For Such A Time As This webinars seek to respond to the needs of clergy, lay people, and congregations with theological education and practical tools to live out their faith-based activism. The goals of this webinar series are: 

  • To be a balm to an anxious system;
  • To be a resource to individuals and churches;
  • To provide theological grounding for faith-based activism;
  • To provide practical applications/actions for individuals and congregations.

Sponsor

The For Such a Time as This webinar series is sponsored by the Wilber and Juanita Harr Lecture Fund at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. This fund was originally established at Evangelical Theological Seminary to honor Dr. Harr, who was both dean and professor of missions from 1940 to 1971. This lectureship founded in his memory reflected the breadth of his interests: world religions, changing technology, ecology, human need and world poverty, third-world development, racism, government and business ethics, and minority identity groups.

Hispanic/Latinx Worship Perspectives

Hispanic/Latinx Worship Perspectives

Recorded October 25, 2018

Webinar Leaders:

  • Rev. Dr.  Tércio Junker, Dean of the Chapel and Director of Course of Study at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Dr. Osvaldo Vena, Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Webinar Description:

Throughout the 1960s-1980s, worship styles in Latin America shifted from an individualistic worship style focused on the spiritual life of the believer, to a more communal and participatory style focused on socio-economic issues. Music shifted from being mostly European to an indigenous type that utilized regional instruments, rhythms, and melodies. New lyrics emerged that reflected critically on the evils of society more than on the blessings of heaven. Liturgically and theologically, it was a time of great change and innovation in response to a tense and oppressive political climate.

During this webinar, we will explore how Liberation Theology contributed to the formation of an indigenous liturgy in Latin America during the tumultuous years of the military regimes that ruled during the 60s, 70s, and 80s and produced situations of extreme poverty and economic dependency. Then we will look at how these liturgical innovations in Latin America can inform and inspire present-day liturgical practices in churches in the United States. No matter the demographics of your congregation or the styles of worship you practice, you will leave this webinar with new liturgical resources and ideas!

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Theology in Migration

Theology in Migration

Recorded September 18, 2018

Webinar Leaders:

  • Dr. Nancy Bedford, Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Ms. Maria Alejandra Salazar, Master of Divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Webinar Description:

In this presentation we will touch upon how we can be a “people of God in migration” that do a “theology in migration.” On the one hand, such a “theology in migration” takes seriously the material reality and experiences of migrants, including their contributions in helping all of us (regardless of migratory status) know God more deeply. On the other hand, a “theology in migration” refers to a theology (and a faith practice) that is flexible, able to move, and willing to adapt to new realities and challenges: in this sense as followers of Jesus, we all, by definition, are learning how best to be “on the move.” How might a “theology in migration” along these lines help us discern how faithfully to respond to recent events in this country, including the policy decisions at the highest levels that target asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants?

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Something Inside So Strong: Faith, Education, and the Sacredness of All Children

Something Inside So Strong: Faith, Education, and the Sacredness of All Children

Recorded February 20, 2018

Webinar Leaders:

  • Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth, and Culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Dr. Virginia Lee, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Webinar Description:

If we understand that every child is sacred, how does that inform our practices of Christian education? This one-hour webinar will explore a few ways to re-imagine Christian education through actual practices of child advocacy giving you tools to begin using immediately. The webinar is led by Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture, and Rev. Dr. Virginia A. Lee, associate professor of Christian education and director of deacon studies, and they are also co-executive directors of the Garrett-Evanston Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program. 

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Proclaiming Justice: The Challenge for the Church

Proclaiming Justice: The Challenge for the Church

Recorded October 30, 2017

Webinar Leaders:

  • Rev. Dr. Gennifer B. Brooks, Ernest and Bernice Styberg professor of preaching and director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr., Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher professor of systematic theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Webinar Description:

On November 15-16, 2017, Garrett-Evangelical's Styberg Preaching Institute will be hosting, "Proclaiming Justice: The Challenge for the Church." This conference will touch on key issues like unemployment, immigration, violence, healthcare, #BlackLivesMatter, DACA, racism, mass incarceration, homelessness, and poverty. These issues and more plague many in our society, and they cry out for justice. The whole people of God cry out to God whose name is justice. God calls the church to prophetic witness and to proclaim justice for all people. 

During this webinar, Drs. Gennifer Brooks and Stephen Ray will give you a taste of the education and encouragement that will be provided in more depth at this event and answer some of your questions. We hope to help you become more active in proclaiming and working actively for justice in your church, community, society and the world.

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The Relational Meeting: Christian Leaders in Search of Strength and Anger

The Relational Meeting: Christian Leaders in Search of Strength and Anger

Recorded April 25, 2017 | Scripture Passage: John 4: 1-26

Webinar Leaders:

  • Dr. Angela Cowser, director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and assistant professor of sociology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Yehiel Curry, mission developer/pastor of Shekinah Chapel Lutheran Church

Webinar Description:

Jesus spent his time relationally - with God, with the disciples, with women, with sinners, with followers. From that relational work, he shaped and taught his disciples how to do ministry, prepared them for violence and death and resurrection, taught them a new faith, ate with them, walked the streets with them, challenged them, went to work with them, etc. In other words, he entered an anxious system, and both calmed it down and stirred it up. This was his primary mode and method for "doing ministry".

In this webinar, we will discuss the theology of the relational meeting through Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan Woman at the Well. We will spend time exegeting that pericope through the lens of the relational meeting, provide practical application, and 1-2 concrete actions that the webinar participants can do.

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