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Friday, November 2 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

What Do We Think We’re Doing?  Supporting Dynamic Continuing Education in Changing Landscapes

Helen Blier (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)

At our Conference in November ALLLM is sponsoring three workshops in addition to the reception with Diana Butler Bass. In this edition of the newsletter we're pleased to highlight Helen Blier's workshop

The challenges confronted by graduates of our theological schools are perhaps more knotty than ever before. Everything seems to be in flux; the church, the world, and what constitutes “ministry” are all undergoing quantum changes.  How can theological schools adequately prepare their students for this work?  This is where continuing education and lifelong learning programs make a crucial contribution to the ongoing relevance and vitality of ministry practice – continuing the process of supporting ministers vocationally and professionally as they navigate the changing landscapes of their work.  Intended for both continuing education directors and current theological school faculty, this workshop will explore the who, what, and how of sustaining a nimble and relevant continuing education program within the larger context of ministry education and practice:  Who are our participants likely to be, and what ministries are they doing?  What are they likely to need?  And how do we continually assess and reshape our programs?

Helen is a graduate of Emory University (Ph.D.) and Boston College (M.Ed. and A.B., theology). She joined the Seminary staff in September 2013. She was the former director of student information and organizational evaluation at the Association for Theological Schools (ATS). There she oversaw the administration and use of data-gathering instruments used by the member seminaries as well as consulted with schools to construct assessment protocols for institutional, student learning, and degree program outcomes. She also regularly presented at ATS and Lilly Endowment Inc. events on student data trends and assessment. Helen likewise has conducted research at Auburn Seminary’s Center for the Study of Theological Education and Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

In addition to her work with ATS, Helen has taught at Boston College in the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Duquesne University, and Candler School of Theology. She has also served as an academic counselor at Emory College. As a research consultant, Helen worked with the directors of summer programs for high school youth at Candler School of Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Duke University Divinity School to design and implement qualitative research protocols to investigate issues of youth faith development and vocational discernment. Her publications and presentations have generally focused on theological education and youth ministry.


Thursday November 1 5:30pm

Diana Butler Bass to speak at the November Conference

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.

We've invited her to describe her understanding of how the North American church is changing, and how those changes require different knowledge and skills from church leaders. In a time when the tried and true doesn't always seem to be working, Bass will share some success stories, and offer insight into how those of us who train ministry leaders can build on these to adapt our course offerings.

Be sure to register for this session, which includes light refreshments and a cash bar, when you complete your REA Conference registration.

At a Friday morning workshop, ALLLM Officers Sarah Erickson, Stephen Fetter and Jim Haun will facilitate discussion reflecting on Bass’s Thursday evening presentation. We’ll consider the implications of her observations and recommendations for our educational and pastoral contexts and how we may apply them in our particular settings.

REA Annual Conference: Beyond White Normativity
Nov. 1-4, 2018

ALLLM is pleased to partner with REA as a related learning organization, offering three workshops, a reception, the ALLLM Annual meeting and a time to gather as a working group to reflect on our common work.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 15 September

Our Annual Meeting will be held at the
     Hyatt Regency Reston
          1800 Presidents Street
          Reston, Virginia, USA, 20190

Click here to Register for the Conference
Click here for Accommodations Information

ALLLM Sponsored Workshops

ALLLM members are welcome to attend any of the workshops that are hosted by the REA, but your Leadership Team has commissioned these three which we hope will be of particular interest to those offering continuing education programming:

Implications to Implementation: Responding to Diana Butler Bass’s Remarks

Three officers of ALLLM will facilitate a conversation about how Bass's remarks the previous evening could have an impact on the continuing education programming we offer in our own particular educational and pastoral contexts.
  • Rev. Sarah Erickson, Director, Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA.
  • Rev. Stephen Fetter, Program Coordinator for Webinars and Electronic Meetings, The United Church of Canada
  • Rev. Jim Haun, Consultant, Leadership Coaching at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Plymouth, MN

What Do You Think You're Doing? Supporting Dynamic Continuing Education in Changing Landscapes

This workshop will explore the who, what, and how of sustaining a nimble and relevant continuing education program within the larger context of ministry education and practice:  Who are our participants likely to be, and what ministries are they doing?  What are they likely to need?  And how do we continually assess and reshape our programs?
  • Helen Blier PhD., Director of Continuing Education, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Intercultural Ministries in The United Church of Canada: Faithfully Challenging White Privilege

Three leaders from The United Church of Canada will reflect on how the focus on intercultural ministries is changing their congregations, theological schools, denominational decision-making, and understandings of mission and ministry, and will describe what they each do to educate and nurture this development.
  • Rev. Stephen Fetter, Minister, Forest Hill United Church, Toronto ON
  • Adele Halliday Team Leader, Discipleship and Witness, The United Church of Canada.
  • Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies in St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon


ALLLM Annual Meeting: Saturday afternoon November 3

Sunday morning Gathering

Continuing education leaders to reflect together on learnings from the conference and ways to take these home.


Wornom Innovation Grant

Are you dreaming about an innovative educational project that could use a financial boost?


The REA offers a  $3,000 award for innovative religious education projects and initiatives that further knowledge and deepen the practice of religious education, or that expand the field of religious education to a new area that is not traditionally associated with religious education. The annual application deadline is September 15.

The grant recipient(s) will be offered a breakout session or poster acceptance to present their work at the following year’s annual meeting of the REA.  The Harper-Wornom Committee will award $250 toward the travel expenses of the grant recipient(s).  If the recipient(s) is not able to be at the annual meeting, the allotted travel award will be used for technology arrangements for the recipient(s) to present via an online medium.

Click HERE for more information


Become an ALLLM Member today

to assure discounted registration for the REA meeting

Membership provides:

  • resources, program opportunities and services for growth in ministry;
  • a framework for sharing insights and experiences through a broad range of contacts with other professionals;
  • identification of issues facing the profession, with strategies, programs, and methods to address them;
  • research opportunities and support for research projects;
  • a channel for advocacy; and
  • an organization that is searching for and implementing new ways to serve the field of lifelong learning for ministry.


Join the REA too, and save

ALLLM has become a "Related Learning Organiation" with the Religious Education Association, so ALLLM members are entitled to join the REA at the lowest membership fee levels. For 2018 these are:

  • $40 for retirees and students
  • $80 for individual ALLLM members

Click HERE to join or renew membership in the REA

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