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Spiritual Formation Practices in Multicultural Contexts

Dr. Virginia Ward Boston, MA
2023: Through a planning grant, Spiritual Formation Practices in Multicultural Contexts, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary’s Campus for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME) will design its programs for institutional learning that would elevate how they engage the ministry needs of the city and the spiritual formation of ministry leaders in the current, critically evolving context. Specifically, this grant will enable CUME to investigate and design for that context and thereby refine its equipping of urban leaders. As urban spiritual formation practices are revisited for a multicultural context, the seminary, students, alumni, and church communities will all benefit, continuing to build the cultural competencies of students.
Virginia’s Grantee Cohort

The Strengthening Pastoral Formation for Ministry in the City initiative involves seminaries, theological institutions, and churches and intends to help communities and institutions explore and assess their own urban context and church life; gain clarity about their mission and programmatic offerings; and strengthen and support the design and implementation of plans to address key challenges and opportunities for pastoral formation and flourishing congregations in urban settings.

Virginia’s Ministry
Program focus: Pastoral