• 2021 Lancaster Theological Seminary DMin Symposium

    Monday, March 22, 2021

    Symposium presentations will be conducted online using Zoom.

    Schedule of Events
    Time Presenter Topic
    8:30-9:20 a.m.   Anita Wood  "The Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin: Transformation Through Group Engagement in Evolutionary Process"
    9:30-10:20 a.m.   Susan Claytor  "Hospitality to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their Families"
    10:30‑11:20 a.m.   Dottie Almoney  "Reclaiming the 'D' Word: The Ministry of Diakonia in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America"
    11:30 a.m.‑12:20 p.m.  Linda Moore  "Pastor Can We Talk? A Retrospective Study of How the Black Church Fails to Support Sexually Abused Black Women"
    12:20-1:00 p.m.  Lunch Break  
    1:00‑1:50 p.m.   Tracy Mooney  "Cultivating a Culture of Electronic Evangelism"
    2:00‑2:50 p.m.   Dan Jurman  "When Did We See You Hungry: Saving the Church by Serving the World"
    3:00‑3:50 p.m.  Celestine Fields  "Black Pastor, White Church: Using Positive Psychology as a Mission-Driven Strategy for Building and Sustaining Diverse Multicultural Congregations"
    4:00-4:50 p.m.  Patricia Prendergast  "Once upon an Agency: Faith Led the Way"
    All times are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4:00)

    Presentation Details for Current DMin Students and Guests

    • Presenters are listed below in schedule order
    • Expand the presenter's section to find:
      • Supporting documents provided by presenter (if applicable)
      • Online evaluation form (made available at the time of presentation)
      • Recorded presentation (available starting March 23, 2021)

  • Black Pastor, White Church: Using Positive Psychology as a Mission-Driven Strategy for Building and Sustaining Diverse Multicultural Congregations

    Time: 3:00-3:50 p.m.


    This research study seeks to gain more knowledge from the experiences of Black clergy who are serving in predominantly White congregations and learn from their experiences. This research will assist Black clergy and the congregations that call us to understand what is involved when calling Black clergy to serve in a predominantly White congregation.  In addition, this study will investigate how positive psychology[1] can be used when a predominately White congregation calls or desires to call a Black clergy to achieve a mission of creating a diverse multicultural congregation.

    A note regarding the capitalization of Black and White in describing the people of the study. After researching this topic, the decision was made to use upper case lettering for both Black and White people. The reasoning, as will be revealed in this study, both Black and White people have an experience of race in our society. To use lower case capitalization for White people would continue the perpetuation of the idea of White folks not experiencing white as a race. As argued in the Washington Post, “Why ‘White’ Should be Capitalized, too,” for the capitalization, “We should capitalize “White” to situate “Whiteness” within the American ideology of race, within which “Black,” but not “White,” has been hypervisible as a group identity.”[2]  It is important to this research study and the work in predominately White congregations, who call Black clergy to recognize there is White racial identity, as the invisibility of whiteness impacts the clergy. The capitalization of white in this study does not negate nor ignore white nationalists’ usage of a capital to elevate white supremacist ideology. 

    [1] Positive Psychology is an evidence-based science that focuses on positive emotions, identifying and building strengths and virtues to sustain a “good life. Positive psychology research has shown when individuals use their core strengths, they can successfully manage adversity and life’s difficulties.

    [2] “Opinion | Why ‘White’ Should Be Capitalized, Too - The Washington Post,” accessed February 1, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/22/why-white-should-be-capitalized/.

2:00 p.m. - Dan Jurman4:00 p.m. - Patricia Prendergast