Last week, we shared a bit about how the undergraduate degree we are launching came about as a response to the needs of others. We didn't create it because we were seeking more students or to expand our reach as an institution. On the contrary, we shied away from creating the program.
We're in the middle of a global pandemic, which means it can feel a bit odd to talk about new and exciting things happening within Kairos. As I write this, several small businesses are completing their applications for loans made available through the CARES Act. Several seminaries and churches are doing the same.
Today, we are excited to announce the next chapter of the Kairos Project. By God’s grace, what began as an experiment in 2014 has become a global network of theological education! Joining the union of Taylor and Sioux Falls Seminaries announced last week are Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA and Biblical Life Institute in Freeport, PA.
Union of Taylor Seminary and Sioux Falls Seminary - Taylor Seminary and Sioux Falls Seminary are stepping boldly into the future of theological education by coming together to create a first-of-its-kind, bi-national system of theological education. After nearly five years of ever-deepening partnership, the schools are entering a formal union.
Update: All classes for Sioux Falls Seminary will remain online indefinitely. The lobby will also remain closed to the public, and all events are cancelled. These changes will stay in effect as long as needed. Inquiries for the seminary should be directed to email@example.com, to seminary personnel directly by email, or the administrative office by calling 800.440.6227.
COVID-19 is beginning to create challenges in communities around the globe. In light of recent developments related to the virus, the upcoming April Kairos Project gathering at Sioux Falls Seminary will now be virtual and hosted online. This change applies to all students and to all degree program levels. Details and answers to FAQs are provided.
In 1938, Dr. Henry Shilling purchased White Oak Camp which was operated as a service station, dance hall, and tourist camp. Through God’s direction, this parcel of land in the hills outside of Pittsburgh, PA, was turned into a camp, youth convention center, and finally a Bible school. This school, the Biblical Life Institute, is an intimate Bible school.
Today, we are sharing an update about our very first integrated partner, Taylor Seminary! The partnership began in 2015 and created groundbreaking opportunities in theological education. Our focus, at first, was on online education, faculty development, and global theological education. Over the past few years, the partnership has deepened significantly.
Last week, I said "Integrated partnerships bring about collaborative participation in disruptive innovation. Thinking differently about how organizations work together, we can create systems of theological education that honor local contexts, embrace the heritage of schools and faith communities, and provide new opportunities for students."
Collaboration is, and always has been, an important aspect of theological education. Over the years, it has taken several different forms, and each generation is tasked with developing new and effective models of collaboration that serve students, the church, and all the various stakeholders within a system of theological education.