Lifelong Learning

Winter Talk 2018

Brite Divinity School is hosting Winter Talk 2018 January 8-10, 2018. The fifth annual Winter Talk is a three day conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery (DOD) and its influence on Christian theology and polity, with an emphasis on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) relationship with Indigenous tribes and peoples. Hosted by the Yakama Christian Mission Council, and Brite Divinity School, Winter Talk is dedicated to furthering the conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and its dismantling.

Winter Talk is an important time for American Indians and non-Indians, to gather and eat, learn, and talk about the impact of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery. This is a space of accountability to American Indians where the Indian voice is the principle voice in an exploration of the past, an understanding of the present, and a visioning of the future.

Boundary Training Workshop

Each semester, Brite Divinity School offers a boundary training workshop that covers such things as: discerning the importance of healthy boundaries for building community; identifying behavior in self and others that can potentially compromise healthy relationships; developing professional ethics that sustain ministry; examining the dynamics in communities where clergy misconduct has occurred; and creating strategies for maintaining healthy relationships with self, others, and God. The workshop is intended to meet boundary training criteria for ministerial standing; however, it is the participant’s responsibility to verify with their judicatory whether or not this workshop satisfies professional standing requirements. A certificate will be given at the end of the workshop for six contact hours of continuing education in boundary training. For more information about the January 2018 workshop, please contact Eilene Theilig at 817.257.7582 or  e.theilig@tcu.edu.

About Lifelong Learning

For leaders of all faith communities we offer educational opportunities to maintain a high level of effectiveness in their ministry through exposure to scholarly advances, information and skills related to the practice of ministry, engagement with contemporary issues of faith and society, and time for worship, renewal, and relaxation.

The centerpiece of the continuing education program for clergy is Ministers Week which brings pastors to campus for three days of inspiring worship, thought-provoking lectures, enriching workshops and a world-class organ recital. This event is not only an opportunity for personal learning and renewal, but also an occasion to connect with colleagues from across the Southwest and beyond.

Specifically designed for lay education but of value to clergy as well, the Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity offers a series of independent, short term learning experiences lead by top scholars from Brite and around the country. These programs are held in local churches, predominately in Dallas where the School originated as part of the ministry of East Dallas Christian Church. SSTL provides adult lay persons a foundation to strengthen the basis of their commitment to Jesus Christ and the church, to learn how to better understand the intersections of life and faith, and how to prepare more effectively for work in service to God and humanity. 

 

Eilene Theilig

theilig_eilene_headshote.theilig@tcu.edu | 817.257.7582
Director of Lay and Continuing Education