Lifelong Learning

Boundary Training: Healthy Relationships in Ministry

Registration for Boundary Training on August 26 is CLOSED. Please send email to to be added to the wait list or for notification of a possible training in January.  Alternatively, check the Christian Church in the Southwest (email or call 817-926-4687) for other sessions for DOC clergy scheduled for September 10, 2016 and February 20, 2017.

Finding Hope in the Midst of Communal Suffering

September 23, 2016- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with lunch)
University Christian Church

Stalcup icons_RegisterHow does one respond with care and hope when tragedy or disturbing events strike a community at large? Join Dr. Keri Day and Dr. Barbara McClure in delving into real life case studies that challenge one’s ministerial practice in the face of communal suffering and the search for hope.  This workshop engages participants in the theological and pastoral care issues inherent in responding to difficult situations both in congregations and in the public arena.  The goal is for participants to work together in honing self-reflectively our pastoral and theological skills as we seek to minister hopefully to communities in the midst of suffering.

0K.DayKeri Day, Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics & Black Church Studies, focuses her research on how black religion addresses political and economic injustices, especially among poor women of the African diaspora. Her articles and essays have been published in a number of nationally regarded journals such as Princeton Theological Review Journal, Black Theology: An International Journal, and The Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics. She has published two books,Unfinished Business: Black Women, The Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America (2012) and Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives (2015). 

Barbara McClureBarbara J. McClure, Associate Professor in Pastoral Theology and Practice, is interested primarily in the meaning of and means toward human flourishing.  She has pursued this question in a variety of contexts including institutions of work, worship and learning, as well as within the context of a counseling practice.  Prior to joining the Brite faculty, McClure taught at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.  She has written two books: Moving Beyond Individualism in Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling: Reflections on Theory, Theology and Practice (2010) and Emotions and the Flourishing Life (Forthcoming, 2017).
Brite Divinity School’s mission to educate women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy, and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice is understood to be a life-long effort involving clergy, laity, and seekers. Brite offers a diverse and vibrant lifelong learning program in the North Texas area – on campus and in local churches.

Registration is $55 for the day and includes a box lunch. Registration is $10 for Brite students. For more information call 817.257.7582 or email

About Lifelong Learning

For leaders of all faith communities we offer educational opportunities to maintain a high level of effectiveness in their ministry through exposure to scholarly advances, information and skills related to the practice of ministry, engagement with contemporary issues of faith and society, and time for worship, renewal, and relaxation.

The centerpiece of the continuing education program for clergy is Ministers Week which brings pastors to campus for three days of inspiring worship, thought-provoking lectures, enriching workshops and a world-class organ recital. This event is not only an opportunity for personal learning and renewal, but also an occasion to connect with colleagues from across the Southwest and beyond.

Specifically designed for lay education but of value to clergy as well, the Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity offers a series of independent, short term learning experiences lead by top scholars from Brite and around the country. These programs are held in local churches, predominately in Dallas where the School originated as part of the ministry of East Dallas Christian Church. SSTL provides adult lay persons a foundation to strengthen the basis of their commitment to Jesus Christ and the church, to learn how to better understand the intersections of life and faith, and how to prepare more effectively for work in service to God and humanity. 


Eilene Theilig | 817.257.7582
Director of Lay and Continuing Education