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Register2015 Woodbury Leadership Workshop with Walter Fluker

“Ethical Religious Leadership: Living & Leading Where Worlds Collide” with Walter Fluker

Nearly a year ago, Dean Sarah Drummond and Director of Ministry Studies Jeff Jones agreed that Walter Fluker would be a tremendous speaker for the Woodbury Leadership Workshop. His book, Ethical Leadership: The Quest for Civility, Character, and Community, has received a warm welcome from leaders seeking to serve in the midst of the stark reality of colliding worlds. None could have anticipated recent events, including grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York and the protests that are taking place around the nation, would offer such clear evidence that we are living and leading where worlds collide.

Differing values, experiences and understandings abound. Issues of race, criminal justice and law enforcement predominate. In the midst of all this, the church is called to provide leadership that is ethical, loving, and just. Those who look to the Woodbury Leadership Workshop to find resources that are relevant to their daily ministerial leadership have an opportunity in this workshop to reflect on and refine their leadership practices in the midst of a tumultuous and tenuous time. 

The theme for this year’s Woodbury Workshop is “Living and Leading Where Worlds Collide.” The speaker is Walter Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Fluker’s presentation will respond to the events of recent months. He will provide insight on the role of clergy and the church as we confront the issues that trouble so many and so often lead to escalating conflict rather than reconciliation.

We have extended the early registration deadline to Jan. 9, 2015, with the hopes that many will take advantage of this opportunity to become more fully equipped to lead in a time of national pain and resolve. Register before then and pay $125, instead of the full $145 fee. Thank you to those who reached out to us seeking resources in a difficult moment for faith leaders. We remain grateful to the Woodbury family for caring enough about clergy leadership to support this program for nearly 45 years.

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imageWalter Fluker is the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at Boston University School of Theology, where he also serves as the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project and the Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership. The founder of VisionQuest International and Walter Earl Fluker and Associates, he is a featured consultant, speaker, lecturer, and workshop leader at foundations, businesses, corporations, colleges, universities, governmental and religious institutions, nationally and globally.

He is the author of Ethical Leadership: The Quest for Character, Civility and Community. His recent publications include two volumes of a multi-volume series entitled, The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman and Educating Ethical Leaders for the Twenty-First Century. Ordained at Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Ill., in June 1980, he served as Pastor of the historic St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield, Mass., and Dean of the Lawless Memorial Chapel at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Location: Andover Newton Theological School

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RegisterIntimate Violence & Religious Faith: Responding to Elder Abuse, Teen Assault, & Domestic Violence

Date: March 5
Registration Fee: $75  

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As a faith leader how do you respond when you realize that a member of your church’s high school youth group has been the victim of sexual assault (1 out of 5 teens report experiencing physical violence on a date)? If an elderly member of your congregation is experiencing abuse, what do you do (national surveys show that 11% of adults over 60 have faced physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse)? One out of four women and one out of 12 men experience violence in their intimate relationships.  How can churches insure that they’re supporting these victims adequately? This workshop will equip lay people and clergy to respond with appropriate resources and knowledge to all those suffering some form of intimate violence.

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