The Association for Theological Field Education is accepting proposals for break-out sessions at our 34th Biennial Consultation in Saint Paul, MN January 19-21, 2017. Our theme will be “Across the Divides,” but proposals will be accepted for any topic pertaining to our practice as theological field educators.
There are three continental divides in MN and three rivers in the Twin Cities that divide. This geographical contour provides a metaphor for the challenge of addressing our social context. We confront many divides, such as those of culture, language, race, gender, privilege, income, clergy/laity, technology, ideology, and theological stance. Our Consultation will encourage us to reflect together on ways to cross these and other divides and so to strengthen the work we do. We will explore ways to help our students to cross divides and to embrace difference in their places of ministry. If you have experience or expertise in one of these areas, or in other areas related to our work as field educators, the Steering Committee invites you to submit a break-out session proposal for consideration.
Break-out sessions at ATFE Consultation can take six different forms as outlined below. Please send proposals by February 20, 2016 to the Chair of the ATFE Steering Committee: Joseph Bush, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016. firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAM SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
An extended experiential learning event for theory enrichment and skill development.
A conversation with a designated moderator in which all contribute to the announced discussion topic out of their own experience.
An extended experiential learning experience in the context of a particular ministry, which effectively uses field education pedagogies.
OPEN SPACE WORKSHOP
An opportunity for any ATFE member to address any topic of interest. Topics are participant-initiated and announced during the Consultation.
A presentation made on an announced topic with opportunity for participants to dialogue. A supportive environment for mutually exploring and developing specified skills through application and practice.
A ‘round-table’ gathering in which colleagues focus upon a significant question that is of continuing concern to members for the purpose of seeking insights, drafting proposals for research, standards or continued study, and defining new approaches.