The Karam Forum | 2-5 January 2020 | Atlanta, USA
Meet with colleagues and academics from over 40 international seminaries
The Karum Forum is a two-day gathering for theological educators and Christian academics from leading evangelical seminaries. The focus of the Forum is to explore the integration of faithful discipleship to Christ involving working every day in homes, workplaces, and communities to help God’s world flourish.
In 2018, Dr Maggie Kappelhoff (University of Divinity) was a recipient of the scholarship. About her experience attending the Karam Forum, Maggie writes:
As a recipient in 2018 of this scholarship, I highly commend this opportunity to you. Simply being in the environment and being exposed to that many people in one place who were all there for the sole purpose of ‘rethinking’ about how theological institutions (and by association – churches) should approach higher education was not only was a very positive experience but a privilege. Content at the conference and subsequent conversations have challenged me in my thinking on what it means to be a theological educator and what it would look like to reimagine theological education not simply as a means to an end for vocational compliance, but also for any Christian interested in studying in bite sized pieces in areas of theology, Old Testament, New Testament alongside of wholistic training for church leadership that incorporates financials, law, human resources, etc. In other words training for the ‘whole of life’ in a way that supports the continued integration of academia and the practical.
Learn more about the benefits of being part of this Forum from many of the partner seminary leaders in this video:
Five Scholarships will be awarded to Australian theological educators who are seeking to integrate faith and work education into their teaching curriculum along with research and links with the Australian workplace. Scholarships will cover all flights, accommodation, incidentals and registration.
You will also be part of an emerging professional practice of Australian theological educators.Selection Criteria
Reventure is a Christian organisation established over 60 years ago by 13 Christian denominations to provide care and compassion to workers in the marketplace and to explore ways the church can build the kingdom of God. It has a rich history and understanding of the impact of work on individuals, families and church communities.
We will then support the growth of this professional interest group in Australia working closely with the Oikonomia Network and other international theologians interested in this field of practical theology. In time, we expect to sponsor a conference for those Australian theologians who want to see this field of interest grow and impact the Australian Christian worldview of work and faith. We would like to see a curriculum focus on integrating faith into work in a way that builds confidence; research avenues exploring new insights in how to grow relationships between the workplace and church communities along with an understanding about the cultural dynamics of business, church and where individuals can see their purpose and meaning live!
We would expect that the awardees will meet at least twice a year to further this field of interest.
It is likely that the individual will have a genuine interest in this field of endeavour, leadership capacity to initiate change and a demonstrated enthusiasm to communicate value and opportunity within their institutions. The awardee will be required, on return, to write a report on the value of the experience and implications for their own institution and role they will play in implementing change and impact.