DR. SHIRIN TO PRESENT LEADERSHIP PAPER TO AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION
Dr. Andrey Shirin will present his paper entitled "Servant Leadership: An Augustinian Critique" at the Religion and Leadership section of the Mid-Atlantic regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion. The meeting will be held this coming March at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY. Leadership has gained broad currency among Christians of various persuasions. At the same time, surprisingly little consideration is given to cultural assumptions behind servant leadership, particularly to the meaning of service in question.
Dr. Shrin's paper examines these assumptions in light of Christian tradition as reflected in works of Augustine. He argues that, while there are some affinities between traditional Christian spirituality and servant leadership as commonly understood, this should not lead us to conclude that the latter is an outgrowth of the former. While in Augustinian theology of leadership will inevitably have a robust service dimension to it, in order to be authentic this dimension needs to integrate a concept of therapy different from the one common in the West, reflect a cruciform meaning of service and be set within a Christian communal praxis.
SAVE THE DATE: LELAND SPRING OPEN HOUSE
Mark your calendars now for Leland's Spring 2014 Open House. The Open House will be held on Monday, April 7th, 6:30pm at he Leland Main Campus. Look for more information to come soon!
ALUMNA PROFILE: KATHY ALLEN
Kathy Allen came to Leland as a federal government employee working with health care issues for senior adults. She felt God calling her to ministry but did not feel called to seek any of the traditional ministry positions on a church staff. Near the end of her nine-year study at Leland, Neal Jones mentored her as pastoral intern at Columbia at Greenspring, and God used that internship to show Kathy where He wanted her to serve.
Columbia at Greenspring is a ecumenical fellowship of believers, all of whom reside at Greenspring, a retirement community of 2000 residents in Springfield, Virginia. Eventually Neal Jones moved to North Carolina and Kathy became the pastor of Columbia at Greenspring. She now leads worship services, which typically attract 100 residents, each Monday night. Additionally, several dozen residents residents watch the service on closed circuit TV. Kathy has launched three small groups of about 12 members who meet weekly in member's apartments to study the Bible and share personal experiences. About 250 Greenspring residents participate weekly with Kathy's ministry in one way or another.
Kathy says that, "Leland prepared me spiritually and theologically to minister at Greenspring." She loves the ecumenical aspect of her ministry, noting that Methodists and Presbyterians outnumber the Baptists, Episcopalians, and Roman Catholics who attend. She appreciates that the Greenspring ministry creates an intersection of applied theology, Pastoral Care and health care, which she finds challenging and exciting.