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ALLLM & REA Annual Conference

 

Coexistence in Divided Societies:
Pedagogies of the Sacred, of Difference, and of Hope

 

31 October - 3 November


Early bird registration deadline: September 15

Click HERE to register for the Conference
Click HERE for Accommodation Information
 
Saturday November 2 12:30 pm ET

Join us for our Annual General Meeting


This is our annual opportunity to network with other folks who create continuing education programming, learn from the best, and compare notes on what's working and what's not. Join us to meet your colleagues, and continue the conversation on how ALLLM can best support our important work.

If you're joining us in Toronto, we've set up a working lunch, so we can spend a bit more informal time together before getting down to business. When you register, please be sure to check the option for food.

If you can't come to Toronto, we still need to hear your voice! We're setting up a Zoom meeting to include any who want to join us from afar. Stay tuned for details on how to connect.




 
ALLLM Break-out Session:

Educating Congregations, Twenty-five Years Later

Dr. Helen Blier, Director of Continuing Education, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
 
Twenty five years ago, Charles Foster wrote in Educating Congregations that the challenge facing North American churches is “an urgent one.”  The educational structures entrusted with helping contemporary faith communities maintain relevance had failed, unable to help them “maintain [their] heritage into the present or renew [their] identity or vocation for … changing circumstances.” 
 
A quarter of a century later, what is different?  If anything, the circumstances appear even more urgent, with theological education as a whole – entrusted with the preparation of faith community leadership – floundering in the same circumstances.  The liminal space created by deep transition feels like crisis, as most of the institutional structures entrusted with the care and flourishing of its people – churches included - lose their authority and influence.  Yet as Foster points out, it was ever thus - from the Jewish exile in Babylon through First Century Christianity until today, people of faith have always struggled with what it means to build up communities to “praise God and serve neighbors for the sake of the ‘emancipatory transformation of the world.’” These faith commitments have always required participants to confront the realities of suffering, social transition, and ideologies and structures that do not promote the flourishing of all. 
 
The work of theological education is to prepare the leadership of those communities for this work, whether lay or ordained.  The task of Continuing Education / Lifelong Learning is to come alongside those efforts as participants work to embody and share the Christian tradition by the way they worship and live together.  This session will explore what Educating Congregations can continue to offer our shared commitment to educating imagination-rich faith leadership for vibrant Christian vocation in the middle of urgent, transitional times.

 


October 31 ALLLM Reception

Responding to the Opiate Crisis in Toronto

 

 “People will die if Doug Ford's government doesn't reverse its decision to stop funding some safe injection sites,” said Toronto's Medical Officer of Health on Monday, but [Ontario Premier Doug Ford] said he also has to listen to residents who don't want the sites in their "backyard."

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,  April 1, 2019


Join us to hear Paulos Gebreyesus, Executive Director of the Regent Park Community Health Centre, and the Rev. Dr. Alison Falby of the All Saints Church and Community Health Centre, who are responding in practical and pragmatic ways to a crisis which is exploding so quickly that it’s diverting resources and energy away from other longer term programming in their agencies.
 

Program Updates


REA provides a wide variety of breakout sessions that you're welcome to choose from during the Conference. Three have been specifically programmed by ALLLM, and we hope these will spark your imagination as a continuing educator, and give you a chance to rub shoulders with colleagues who also create lifelong learning opportunities.

Here's a list of the breakout sessions we've created for you:
  • Faith in Action: For the Common Good
    Using the opening session, “Where Help and Harm Collide: Responding to the Opiate Crisis in Toronto” as a case study, this workshop invites participants to explore how post-degree professional development and learning can support and encourage ministry leaders of faith communities to lead theologically and practically within their contexts. Attendance at the opening session not required.
     
  • Educating Congregations, Twenty-five Years Later
    Dr. Helen Blier, Director of Continuing Education, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
    How do we, as faith communities, confront the realities of suffering, social transition, and ideologies and structures that do not promote the flourishing of all?
     
  • The Promises and Challenges of Independent Centers for Lifelong Learning for Ministry
    Dr. Joshua H. Lunde-Whitler, Executive Director, Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange, Newton MA
    Consider ways that independent centers and institutions can serve as incubatory spaces which promote lifelong praxis for the common good

 

Wornom Innovation Grant

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

 

Summer is a great time to be creative! Apply for a Wornom Innovation Grant to get funding for your good ideas. This is a $3,500 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. Awardees will be invited to present their work at the following year’s REA conference. Review the guidelines and apply online. Professors and mentors: please pass this on your graduate students and others you are guiding in developing projects.


 

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 2020 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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