Special Event

This seminar for pastors and congregational leaders is focused on church property — when to stay, when to shift, and most importantly, how to make those decisions with integrity and a justice lens. The two-day program is designed for both virtual and in-person participation. It includes two plenary sessions and a customizable workshop schedule in the afternoon. 

schedule

DAY 1 | SEPTEMBER 20

9 am Morning Plenary
Assessing your readiness for change, understanding what those options might be as it relates to the built environment, and things you might consider as you start to plan.

12 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Workshop Session I

3:30 pm Workshop Session II

5:30 pm Cocktail Reception

DAY 2 | SEPTEMBER 21

9 am Morning Plenary
Aligning for change — bringing your team and congregation along. How do we get people steeped in tradition and disinclined to discomfort to get on board with thinking differently about a building or piece of land? 

12 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Workshop Session III

PLENARY SPEAKER

LINDSAY BAKER is CEO of the International Living Future Institute. Her organization advocates for a world where everyone lives in buildings that are safe, healthy, decarbonized, and affordable, and has been at the leading edge of helping organizations reimagine how their built environment speaks to broader values and strategy.

Lindsay Baker is a movement leader, speaker, author, and podcast host working nationally and internationally to transform the building industry for a regenerative future. As CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Lindsay advocates for a world where everyone lives in buildings that are safe, healthy, decarbonized, and affordable. 

A lifelong environmentalist and building scientist, Lindsay has spent her career leading and scaling impactful initiatives, partnerships, and programs across sectors. She was a Senior Fellow at RMI, taught at UC Berkeley, and serves as a board member and advisor to numerous nonprofits and climate tech startups, including The Clean Fight and SPUR.

WORKSHOPS

THE WHY BEHIND THE PROPERTY CONVERSATION: THEOLOGY, ETHICS, AND IMAGINATION

with Mieke Vandersall

We wouldn’t be here if we weren’t interested in the repurposing of church space and property. At the base of all of the myriad of details of what we might do, how we might do it, and who it might help, are important questions of theology. When we ask the question of who the property belongs to, the answer varies. Answers can be: God, the community, indigenous people, or us. Each answer has profoundly different implications. Together we will explore these answers and provide a variety of theological frameworks to consider as filters for making property decisions. 

FOR CHURCHES CURIOUS ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING
with Nina Janopaul

For pastors interested in thinking more about their real estate holdings through a social justice lens. Ms. Janopaul is the former President/CEO of Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing and currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees for Virginia Diocesan Homes, a nonprofit affiliated with the Episcopal Church to support congregational discernment and explore new mission uses of real estate, not just housing.

BUILDINGS AND DEFERRED MAINTENANCE
with Kate Farewell

Designed to help pastors and lay leaders better understand the different aspects of facilities assessment and how that shapes budgeting and planning. Ms. Farewell is the Vice President at Zubatkin, a project management and owner representation firm. She is a licensed professional engineer and accomplished leader with over two decades of experience directing capital programs for institutional clients.

FINANCING THE CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION
with Christine Symington and Alex Dill

A conversation tailor-made for New Jersey congregations, local experts from Sustainable Princeton lead a conversation about how organizations can make the clean energy transition, and understanding how provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act can help fund that important work. 

Christine Symington is the Executive Director of Sustainable Princeton. Alex Dill is the Program Manager of Sustainable Princeton.


IN PERSON

$999 – Pastor Base Fee
Pastors can bring up to 3 guests for an additional $50 hospitality fee for each

  • Covers all curricular costs, two lunches, and the cocktail reception

VIRTUAL

$499 — Pastor Base Fee
Pastors can register for seats for up to 3 guests, free of charge

Don’t let money be a hurdle to participation! Scholarships are available upon request. Email ironsharpeningiron@ptsem.edu

PLAN YOUR STAY WITH US

Located between New York City and Philadelphia, Princeton is easily accessible from most major cities.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

There are options at a variety of price points:

  • The Seminary’s Erdman Center offers simple rooms for $80/night
  • Local hotels are available for $130/night on average
  • Air BnB’s in the area range from $100-300/night

MEALS

Lunches will be provided each day of the seminar.

Snacks, coffee and water will be provided throughout the day. The first night will include a cocktail hour reception.

Participants will be on their own for breakfast and dinner. There are number of wonderful restaurants within walking distance of campus.

ENJOYING PRINCETON

Downtown Princeton offers a number of shopping options, from boutiques, to high-end, and consignment. There is an art museum, an independent bookstore, and three signature ice cream shops! Participants will find ample opportunities to engage our historic town.

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