CONGREGATIONAL STUDIES INSTITUTE
Be part of a twenty year tradition at Hartford Seminary!
A unique opportunity to engage living congregations
and explore together how hospitality works
"I believe the Congregational Studies Institute provides a rare
opportunity for clergy, judicatory staff and others interested in
working with congregations to learn new ways of understanding what is
really going on at the local level."
James Wind, Executive director of The Alban Institute,
"I think that to bring critical perspective to congregations,
appreciating the congregation and its contribution and role in God's
work in the world, but also appreciating it critically, that's what we
need for the future."
Jackson Carroll, Professor Emeritus, Duke Divinity School
Join us as Hartford Seminary’s religion research faculty offer a
unique educational event combining hands-on exploration in
congregations and current research.
- Discover, appreciate, and understand the life of congregations
- Learn skills and tools that can strengthen your leadership
- Study actual congregations to sharpen your abilities
- For continuing education or degree credit — housing available
Every 2 years, the faculty of Hartford Institute for Religion Research
hold a week long educational event including reading, lectures, group
reflection, and field experience in congregational studies.
Generally, these bi-annual conferences sponsored by Hartford Seminary
are disciplined immersions which will preview the basic tools for
congregational analysis and renewal. Beginning with readings,
plenary sessions, and interviews in local communities, small group
field studies are used to examine three significantly different
congregations, compare their approaches, and explore options with their
leaders. To ensure effective learning, enrollment is limited, and
interested persons are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The 2011 Congregational Studies Institute Theme
This summer’s institute focuses on practices that are central to a
congregation’s identity and activity. In 2011, we will pay special attention to the cluster
of practices focused on hospitality. By looking closely at hospitality, we will be able to
see both how congregations work and what congregations mean theologically through
such work. In addressing the practices, the Institute will integrate careful attention to
the concrete and complex reality of congregations (learning tools of social analysis)
with the strategic aims of practical theology (naming both what is and what might be,
in light of local and larger traditions). The centerpiece of the Institute is an actual study
of preselected congregations in order to practice new skills that lead to recognizing
important social and theological issues in congregational life
Time and Place
The Congregational Studies Institute is held Thursday, June 23 through Tuesday, June 28 at Hartford
Seminary, 77 Sherman Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Tuition cost for this six-day institute (including classes, field
trips, materials, and some meals) is $575. Three graduate
level credits (Ph.D., D.Min. or Masters) are available at an additional
cost of $1165. Information on housing will be available upon application
to the Institute.
Information on housing will be available upon application to the Institute.
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James R. Nieman
Professor of Practical Theology
David A. Roozen
Director, Hartford Institute for Religion Research; Professor of
Religion and Society