Last Wednesday’s salon (July 11th) treated us with a virtual visit (carbon neutral!) from Rev. Fletcher Harper, the visionary executive director of GreenFaith, a faith-based n.g.o. dedicated to “inspiring, educating and mobilizing people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.” We came into the salon thinking about sustainability… Continue reading
By Riess Potterveld
Last week at the Biennial meeting of the Association of Theological Schools, comparative data was presented from 1981 and 2011 (a thirty-year span). While we have been looking carefully at this data over the past year and a half, it is worth reviewing from time to time.
The number of students in the Master of Divinity degree program across North America was: 50,559 in 1981 and is now 74,193 in 2011 – having declined for six years in a row from a high of 81,000.
Our first learning journey took us to a number of San Francisco sites and organizations who are on the cutting edge of non-profit work and socially-engaged graduate education. You can watch a slideshow here of the places and people we encountered along the way. We first visited the Hub, a collaborative work space (with an organic kitchen, espresso bar, and art gallery) that incubates social entrepreneurs and innovators invested in various kinds of humanitarian projects. While at the Hub, we met with Jay Oglivy, a founding member of the Presidio Graduate School that offers an innovative MBA focused on sustainability and social change. We spent lunch at Mission Pie chatting with co-owner Krystin Rubin, a social entrepreneur and sustainability-visionary who had training in comparative religions at NYU, as well as rabbinical school. We closed the day with an invigorating conversation with IKON, an emergent-church movement housed in the Hub, and Rosa Lee Harden, a GTU alumn and episcopal priest who co-founded the Hub, and Jarrod Shappell, an M.Div graduate who helps Rosa run SoCap, the largest global conference for emergent “Social Capital Markets” and social entrepreneurship.
Commission member Kathi McShane offers more detailed descriptions of our Hub experience below, and poses some of the questions we found ourselves entertaining as we left.