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Turn-Around Congregations and Sustainable Institutions (AM-624)

This course addresses the unraveling that we see on many fronts, particularly in congregations but also in law, medicine, not for profits, clothing and food businesses.  It looks at the wide use of the word “sustainable” and asks what that word means to American intermediate institutions in the 21st century.  Students will learn not only the how of turn around but also its why.  Why bother with congregations that seem ready to die?  Why bother with end of life alternatives to the equally undesirable nursing home or living at home alone?  What is changing and how can we flow with the change as well as challenge it?  The course will show the eco-system of a congregation and small institution and will engage students in taking another path — turning off the path we are now on and trail blazing sustainable futures.  Sustainable futures are experimental, not realized.  In this course we will learn to experiment.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Donna Schaper


Summer 2016

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