Annual Gathering – April 14-16, 2016 Chicago, IL

The ARL’s spring 2016 annual theme was

Engaging Sacred Texts for Teaching Religious Leadership

It focused on the following questions:

  • How do we, as teachers and leaders, engage sacred texts in the teaching and practice of leading?
  • How do theological perspectives dictate the ways in which we approach text in the teaching of religious leadership?
  • What are the methodological assumptions that we employ in our engagement with sacred texts for leadership formation?
  • What are the pedagogical practices or implications for engaging sacred texts for leadership formation?

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David Forney (Charlottesville, VA), Erica Martin (Seattle, WA), Mark Lau Branson (Pasadena, CA), Scott Hagley (Pittsburgh, PA)

Here are notes from the presentations as interpreted by Steve Thomason.


Presidential Address  by Kyle Small

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Matthew and Learning Communities by Mark Lau Branson


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Holy Dissent: Teaching Religious Leaders to Preach AGAINST the Text by Erica Martin


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Response by Steve Sprinkle

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 What’s the Source: Biblical Authority, Social Sciences, and Leadership Studies in Theological Education by David Forney


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Response by Carson Reed

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Rob Muthiah leading our pedagogy session


Words that Disclose World: Ricoeur’s Phenomenology of the Text, Situated Learning, and Leadership Formation by Scott Hagley