Theological School Program to Improve the Quality of Congregational Ministry - Seattle University School of Theology

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Start Date: 
Mon, 11/30/1998
End Date: 
Wed, 12/31/2003

Under the auspices of this grant, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry developed broad capacities in ecumenical and multi-denominational formation for theological and liturgical leadership in congregations. A series of programs enabled students to serve more effectively in multicultural congregations and parishes. Supplemental capacity building activities of a developing an income base and office base for the project activities were included in the grant.
The following components enhanced the capacity for ecumenical and multi-denominational formation: introductory courses in ecumenical theology, ecumenical theologian-in-residence program, ecumenical worship and arts, infusion of ecumenical perspective through curriculum and formation, denominationally specific courses and formation, and cooperation and mutual trust with related denomination and seminaries.
In order to enable students to better serve in multicultural settings, the school established a program for training in multicultural leadership; as part of this program, cross-cultural student teams were prepared and trained in cross-cultural communication, inclusion, leadership, spirituality, and theology. A similar training program was also implemented for the faculty.