November Leadership Seminar will Focus on Generosity in Congregations

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Carol Johnston                Jill Schumann                 Paul Johnston

Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity in the twenty-first century is the theme for this year’s Ecumenical Stewardship Center Leadership Seminar November 28-30 in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The Seminar will offer timely, energizing, and cutting-edge content to engage and inspire steward leaders through plenary sessions and discussions featuring theological thought, current research, and practical application possibilities. Plenary speakers will offer individual presentations, share in small group/talk back sessions, and engage in a panel discussion to explore the intersections of their disciplines with the topic. The Seminar’s three plenary speakers are Carol F. Johnston, Associate Professor of Theology & Culture and Director of Lifelong Theological Education at Christian Theological Seminary; Jill Schumann, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America; and Paul Johnson, Director of Neighbourhood Development Strategies for the City of Hamilton, Ontario.

Along with her seminary teaching, Ms. Johnston has worked on environmental issues for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Episcopal Church and has taught adult education courses in churches and lectured as far afield as Singapore on issues of economics and environment, justice, Bible and nature, and the public roles of churches. She is the author of The Wealth or Health of Nations: Transforming Capitalism From Within and "And the Leaves of the Tree Are For the Healing of the Nations: Biblical and Theological Foundations for Ecojustice" and is completing a book this summer titled Wellsprings of Generosity. Ms. Schumann serves on the boards of directors of Leading Age, the Roundtable of National Faith-Based Health and Human Service Organizations, the ELCA Board of Pensions and the National Human Services Assembly. In 2010 for the eighth year in a row, she was named by the NonProfit Times one of the Top 50 leaders of power and influence in the United States. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions. Mr. Johnson is the former Executive Director of Wesley Urban Ministries, an outreach ministry of the United Church of Canada. There Paul built community-based programs that increased the health and well-being of some of the most vulnerable men, women and children in Hamilton, led the development of innovative housing programs for adults and youth, and expanded Wesley's programs to include outreach activities and community centers that provide support in some of Hamilton's most challenging neighborhoods.

The Seminar will take place at the Sirata Hotel & Conference Center. Online registration is now open. The basic registration fee is $375 with discounts for early bird registration, groups, and first-time attendees. Click here for more information and to register.


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