United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) is pleased to announce that it has received a $50,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative. The grant will enable ULS to discern God's future for the seminary in light of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; challenges presented by COVID; a changing American religious landscape; and the importance of formation in theological education.
Pathways for Tomorrow is a nationwide initiative designed to help theological schools strengthen and sustain their capacities to prepare and support pastoral leaders for Christian churches – primarily ordained pastoral leaders and secondarily congregational lay ministers.
Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero, the Steck-Miller Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgy, will direct ULS’s Pathways planning grant, beginning on May 1, 2021. President Erwin notes, “We are fortunate to have Dr. KSG oversee this process, as he brings to ULS experience in program management and curriculum assessment from his previous institutions, where he engaged with ecumenical and interfaith collaborators. He is also co-editor of the journal Teaching Theology & Religion, which keeps him current with latest pedagogical trends.”
During the upcoming months, Dr. Schiefelbein-Guerrero will be reaching out to ULS’s Lutheran and ecumenical partners to learn about their hopes, dreams, and concerns for preparing innovative pastoral leaders for the ELCA and beyond. He will also connect with alumni, area congregations and pastors, and existing contextual formation sites to assess how ULS currently meets its mission of equipping pastors and congregational lay leaders. Most importantly, he will be inviting your prayers as together the church discerns God's vision for ULS for the coming years.