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The Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership is committed to developing and supporting pastoral leaders, men and women of all races and backgrounds, for the African American Christian community within the context of the universal Christian mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Institute aims to foster within Church leaders an understanding and appreciation of African Americans’ contributions to the entirety of Christian faith, life, and witness in North America. The Sankofa Institute will provide opportunities for the intellectual, professional, and inspirational development of transformational leadership within the African American community, offered through classes, lectures, symposia, worship, leadership workshops, internships and practical field education, as well as social outreach and cultural celebrations. Learn more about the Sankofa Institute here.
The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality (ISCS) at Oblate School of Theology is the only concentrated, integrative program of its kind in the United States offering ATS accredited PhD, DMin, and MA degrees in Contemporary Spirituality.
For scholars and people within academia, the ISCS offers three distinct degrees in the field of Contemporary Spirituality, all taught by an internationally renowned faculty. The goal of our degree programs is to convene the academic resources emerging within the growing field of Contemporary Spirituality and make them available to the community of scholars.
Along with inspire an ongoing and renewed interest in the rigorous study of and publication on Spirituality to benefit the world’s understanding of how the deep wells of Christian mysticism can enrich broader global theological and religious scholarship. Learn more about ISCS here.
The Sophia Community Program (SCP) is specifically designed to serve the growing population of women involved in Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Students in the SCP earn the MA in Pastoral Ministry through on-campus study in a summer session format, on-line courses, and supervised ministry completed in the local parish, diocese or other ministry setting. The Sophia Community is at the heart of the program. This community provides human, pastoral, and spiritual formation as called for in “Co-Workers in the Vineyard,” the 2005 document on formation for Lay Ecclesial Ministry written by the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prayer, theological reflection, and integration of academic study are all essential elements of life in the Sophia Community. Support continues through on-line connections between students, mentors, and faculty throughout the program. Learn more about the Sophia Community Program here.