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Learning in Community Forum

Learning in Community Forum
(LiC) is a discussion and reflection series for Union faculty, staff, students, and friends, sponsored by the Office of Integrative and Field-Based Education. Integrative and Field-Based Education aims to foster learning communities that exemplify "ministerial imagination," integrating religious tradition and commitment, knowledge, skill, and moral integrity, in professional formation. As such, and in partnership with teaching churches and agencies, the IFE Program will provide learning opportunities where critical reflection on theology and practice, models of vocation, and examination of contemporary issues can flourish.

The inaugural LiC in April 2010, hosted a conversation on vocation of military chaplaincy entitled, Military Chaplaincy: Calling, Paradox or Misnomer? The panelists discussed the topic from their experience as social justice advocates, educators, and pastoral leaders, lending insight into many of the convictions, challenges, and concerns that inform "the heart of the matter," and inviting all of us to explore military chaplaincy theologically, ethically, and vocationally.

In April 2011, the second annual LiC hosted a conversation on caring for the elderly. Entitled, Compassion, Care and Companioning of the Elderly and Caregiver, an inter-disciplinary panel of professionals working with aging and serving the aging population addressed the following questions:

What are the basic and particular needs of the elderly from your professional perspective?

What keeps you up at night as you think about your work with the elderly and elder care?

Where do you see connections between the elderly, elder care and spirituality?

What are the aspects of contemplative care that work particularly well with the work with the elderly?

Any helps or challenges from the Bible or religious traditions on aging and caring for the elderly?

The third annual LiC in April 2012 hosted a screening of the award winning documentary, Zero Percent which is about the Hudson Link college program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Graduates of the program, experiencing the transformative power of education, continue to have a 0% recidivism rate. The screening was followed by a question and answer session featuring a panel of prison experts including: Hudson Link Executive Director Sean Pica, Rev. Canon Petero A.N. Sabune, former Pastor and Protestant Chaplain at Sing Sing, Helen Dillon, prison volunteer, and several graduates of Hudson Link.

The topic and program for 2013 LiC will be announced in December 2012. 

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