Sustainable and Resilient Spiritual Leadership
How do those called to bless the world – to engage with the suffering and healing of others, and of the planet – ground and sustain themselves? Students will link theory, practice, and personal experience to develop their personal theologies for sustainable, resilient leadership. Learn practical tools to serve vocations “for the long haul”, particularly in these uncertain and tumultuous times. Together, we will explore concepts including compassion fatigue, measuring emotional and spiritual health, burnout, trauma stewardship, boundary setting, and care for self and community. Participants will also explore how to positively influence organizational culture and build healthy, sustainable congregations and other collectives.
Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward
Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward’s Starr King journey began as a student, helping pioneer the school’s Master of Arts in Social Change program. As a student leader, she also served in a range of capacities beyond the classroom, such as: co-leading the school’s reaccreditation and strategic planning team; coordinating marketing, recruitment, and advancement efforts; and co-teaching two graduate-level courses. In her final year of seminary, she was awarded the Jonathan Daniels Fellowship from Episcopal Divinity School for theologically-rooted leadership in social justice movements.
Betty Jeanne has served on the adjunct faculty since 2007 and the advising faculty since 2014. She teaches courses on organizational leadership, functional theology, community organizing, religious-secular coalition building, education/pedagogy, multigenerational ministry, and more.