School of Theology Announces Online Courses for Fall Semester 2018

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August 7th, 2018

The Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) is pleased to announce the return of two online courses open for registration for the Fall 2018 semester. “Faith and Finance” and “Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community” have opened registration and classes begin on September 6 and September 18, respectively. The former, “Faith & Finance”, is taught by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Bryan Stone, and “Ethical Leadership” is taught by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, Walter E. Fluker.

“Faith & Finance” will enable seminary students to learn about the complex relationships between faith and money, and acquire strategies for wise, faith-based stewardship of finances. The course seeks to prepare leaders to utilize practical steps to reduce indebtedness, execute wise financial planning both as individuals and as leaders within their respective institutions, and to reflect theologically and ethically on financial literacy and institutional stewardship. The course will feature several presentations from Dean Stone, and video interviews with scholars and religious leaders who utilize faith-based approaches to financial stewardship, debt reduction, and economic leadership in their communities and organizations.

According to Dean Stone, “The course will help learners employ principles, practices, and tools for wise financial stewardship, understand the long-term consequences of debt and steps for stewarding and reducing debt, assess strategies for socially responsible investing, appraise financial reports and organizational features of faith-based non-profits, and evaluate approaches to faith-based fundraising.” This course will also be made available to the national academic and seminary community, including schools within the Association for Theological Schools (ATS).

“Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community” has had record registrations in previous years, and co-sponsored by the BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and BUSTH. As part of Professor Fluker’s work with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership (MLK-IDEAL), this course will provide theoretical and practical approaches to the development of character, civility, and community for leaders and emerging leaders in education, business, nonprofit, academic, religious, and other professions. The course examines the personal, public and spiritual dimensions of leadership within the context that Fluker calls “the intersection of lifeworlds and systems”, and outlines principles and practices of ethical leadership from a diverse field of leadership theories. The course is open to all.

A major outcome of the course is an Ethical Leadership Toolkit which will include several heuristic aids: an Ethical Leadership Model™, a Model for Ethical Decision-Making, practical exercises that are part of life-long leadership development (Remembering, Retelling and Reliving Our Stories and Looking, Listening and Learning); and a variety of aesthetic and literary sources, case studies, journaling and meditative practices.

The online course also presents video interviews from leadership theorists as well as prominent leaders in the areas of education, business, government and global citizenship such as: Professor David Gergen, Congressman John Lewis, Professor Howard Gardner, Ambassador Andrew Young, Ambassador James Joseph, Professor Max Bazerman, and Professor Barbara Kellerman, Dr. Jochen Fried (Salzburg Global Seminar). Faculty, deans, students, and administrators throughout Boston University are also interviewed on their visions for ethical leadership in the role of higher education.

Registration is OPEN for both courses, and each course offers a Certificate of Achievement for $49 upon the full completion of the course: