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  • 51st Faculties’ Convocation – Theological Education for Human Formation and Leadership

    October 2, 2023
    04:00 PM - 07:30 PM

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    Theological formation includes multiple dimensions: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. As conditions change for theological schools, students come with a variety of callings: to public leadership, NGO work, lay ministry, and the priesthood or pastoral ministry. While each of these requires theological foundations, a common thread is the call to some form of leadership. How does holistic human formation cultivate strong leadership? And what models of leadership do our various traditions bring to this task?

    Our 51st Faculties’ Convocation on the topic of “Human Formation and Leadership in Theological Education” will take place Monday, October 2, 2023 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Pryzbyla Center at The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20064. (A virtual option is available for distant campuses.)

    Join us for an evening of faculty panel presentations, conversation, faculty area groups, and dinner. We will have panelists from WTC schools share the educational and theological resources they use to address these questions. As President Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

    Our panelists include:

    Dr. John Lee (top image), Academic Dean, John Leland Center (Moderator). He holds degrees from Wheaton, Gordon Conwell, Yale Divinity School, and Claremont Graduate University. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, serves as pastor of Rock Presbyterian Church, and is on the Board of the Reformed Institute. Dr. Lee teaches courses in Spiritual Formation, Ethics, Philosophy, and Mission.

    – Dr. Guy Erwin (second), President, Historical Theology, United Lutheran Seminary. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale; studied at the University of Leipzig, and taught at Yale Divinity School. He served in Southern California as the ELCA’s first gay, partnered bishop. Born into the Osage Nation, Dr. Erwin lives between cultures and worlds and embodies a ministry of reconciliation.

    – Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P. (third), Patristics, PFIC at the Dominican House of Studies. He holds degrees from St. Andrews (Scotland), PFIC, and Notre Dame. Fr. Hofer has served as a missionary, formator at PFIC, and as editor of the Thomist journal. He has published widely in patristics, Augustine, Aquinas, and pastoral theology.

    – Dr. Andrey Shirin (fourth), Director of Transformational Leadership, John Leland Center. He studied at Palmer Theological Seminary and Princeton Seminary. He teaches Leadership in ministry, theology, and religion and science. Dr. Shirin is author of multiple articles in theology, leadership, Russian-Ukrainian conflict and other subjects.

    – Dr. Susan Timoney (fifth), Associate Dean, Ministerial Degrees and Practical Theology, Catholic University of America. She received her doctorate at the Angelicum. She has served the Archdiocese of Washington as Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns. She teaches courses in theology, pastoral leadership, and mission.

    – Dr. Nathaniel West (sixth), Christian Education, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology. He studied at Virginia Union, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches courses in Christian, Formation and Leadership

    For more info. contact the WTC Office at [email protected] or call 202-832-2675.

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    Faculties' Convocation - October 2, 2023

    RSVP form closes on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 3 p.m.

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    The Pryzbyla Center at
    The Catholic University of America
    620 Michigan Ave. NE
    Washington, DC 20064
    with virtual option for those at distant campuses