Pastors Invited to Apply for Social Justice Leadership Program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Applications due July 1, 2022
— Reverend Dr. Ry O. Siggelkow
SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, USA, May 9, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Thanks to the generous funding from Lilly Endowment Inc.‘s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities’ new Center for Social Justice Leadership— led by Director, Reverend Dr. Ry O. Siggelkow — is delighted to invite congregational pastors from Minnesota and surrounding states to apply for the premier Social Justice Leadership Program. The program is officially launched in September 2022.
“In a world where the politics of exclusion, extraction and organized abandonment threaten to engulf our communities in fear, terror and despair,” says Siggelkow, “United believes faith communities are sites essential to building forms of community care, solidarity, power and hope. Cohorts in this unique program will learn skills to help counter these destructive forces.
From now until July 1, pastors and church ministers can apply for a free nine-month hybrid program designed to equip them to engage thoughtfully with a wide range of pressing social issues, including struggles over economic, racial, gender, sexual issues. , and ecological justice – in contextual, practical and faithful ways. Led by a team of experienced teachers, leaders, mentors, and grassroots community organizers, the program will help pastors develop and/or deepen social justice ministries that are sustainable, community-based, and responsive to what God is doing in our world, our congregations and our communities.
The initial cohort of 16 pastors will meet twice monthly (Friday mornings) from September 2022 through May 2023. Those who complete the program will earn a Certificate in Social Justice Leadership and may be eligible to receive up to eight credits for a doctorate in ministry diploma. The Center for Social Justice Leadership will also collaborate with Convergence assess the vitality of participating congregations and their leaders and build on existing strengths.
Pastors wishing to apply for the inaugural program should complete an application at www.unitedseminary.edu/lcsj before July 1, 2022. Applicants must also provide a letter of support from the leadership of the congregation. For more information, contact the Center’s administrative assistant, Stella Pearce, at [email protected]
About the Center for Social Justice Leadership
The Center for Social Justice Leadership seeks to equip, inspire, and empower leaders to faithfully and thoughtfully engage in concrete, contextual ministry for social justice. In the spirit of faith, hope and love, the Center helps leaders develop context-sensitive, creative and effective leadership and social practice skills.
Founded as a welcoming ecumenical school that embraces all faiths and traditions, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities has been at the forefront of progressive theological leadership since its inception in 1962. Today, United continues to nurture leaders who dismantle systems oppression, explore multi-faith spirituality and push the boundaries of knowledge.
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