The Rev. Tom Brackett to Speak at 2013 Blandy Lectures

Date:  Sep 17 - Sep 18
Location: Seminary of the Southwest
 
 
Seminary of the Southwest and the Southwest Alumni Association are honored to welcome the Rev. Tom Brackett as the 2013 Blandy Lecturer. Named for the first dean of Seminary of the Southwest, the Very Rev. Gray Blandy, the annual Blandy Lectures are hosted by the Southwest Alumni Association and held over the course of two days on the seminary campus in the fall of each year. This year, the lectures will be held Tuesday, September 17th thru Wednesday, September 18th.
 
Topic: Postcards from the Edge of Ministry! 
 
Registration cost totals $106.50 for this year's event and can be
paid online (during registration) or by check
 
 
Seminary of the Southwest welcomes members of the Austin community to attend the Rev. Brackett's lectures on Tuesday, Sep. 17th at 7pm and Wednesday, Sep. 18th at 2pm at no cost.
 
 
The Reverend Tom Brackett (@tombrackett)
Missioner, Church Planting, Ministry Redevelopment and Fresh Expressions of Church
 
 
About Tom Brackett
 
Tom has been passionate about lively and transformative communities of 
faith for thirty-one years of ordained life. Originally ordained as a Baptist, he
studied ecumenical approaches to church growth and leadership development in 
eight very different cultures from 1980 to 1986. Later, he explored liturgical 
renewal and culturally sensitive evangelism, especially in Korea and Japan. His 
undergraduate studies focused on new leadership models for the 21st century, as 
well as the power of storytelling and metaphor to transform communities, 
compelling them to take courageous action, together.
 
He has led two church plants, twenty years apart and is quick to point out 
that he has learned from his failures (as well as his successes) in church planting 
and congregational renewal. He is certified as an Executive Coach as well as a 
Process Consultant and offers his gifts as a Strategist and Communicator via a 
compassionate coaching delivery style. Since his ordination in the Episcopal 
Church, Tom has studied the impact of postmodernity on worship and the arts, 
as well as on organizational development. He has revitalized a campus ministry, 
served as a Rector in three very different parishes, led a turn-around process in a 
rural Maine ambulance service and served as the Vicar of a diocesan homeless 
ministry.
 
As the Episcopal Church Center’s Missioner for New Church Starts and 
Missional Initiatives, Tom consults with diocesan leadership teams across the 
Episcopal Church. His training and consulting focuses on the nurture and 
support of leaders committed to congregational redevelopment, well as 
sponsoring and sustaining new forms of ministry. He facilitates assessments and 
skill development for leaders at all levels, choosing to work primarily within 
intentional Communities of Practice. Though he primarily offers his ministry in 
person, he is also certified in online curriculum development for graduate level 
learning communities.
 
 
2013 Blandy Lectures & Alumni Convocation Schedule*

Tuesday, September 17

8:30 a.m. – Registration Opens with Continental Breakfast

10:30 a.m. – Continuing Education Session 1: Practicing Wholeness: Managing Stress with Self-Care, with Dr. Sarah Flick, Medical Director for Intellectual Disability, MHMRA of Harris County

11:45 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Celebrated in the Spanish Language

12:30 p.m. – Lunch 

2:00 - 3:15 p.m. – Continuing Education Session 2: “Seminary 2.0” with Southwest Faculty

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. – Continuing Education Session 3: “Responding to Tragedy in Your Community” with the Rev. Canon Daniel Webster, ’96 & Mr. Marshall Divita, LPC, Adjunct Faculty, Seminary of the Southwest

5 p.m. – Evensong

Dean’s Reception immediately following Evensong in Rather House

7:00 p.m. – Hal Brook Perry Award presented & First Blandy Lecture by The Rev. Tom Brackett:“Postcards from the Edge of Ministry! Part I”

8:15 p.m. – Dessert Reception

Wednesday, September 18

8:30 a.m. – Class Reunions! Continental breakfast & Conversation with Southwest Faculty

            Reunions for the Class of 2008 (5 years), 2003 (10 years) and 1988+ (25 years+)

9:30 a.m. – Continuing Education Session 4: “My Church is Not Dying” a conversation led by Dr. Greg Garrett, ’07

10:30 a.m. – Alumni Association Annual Meeting: Report on State of the Seminary from Deans Kittredge & Bader-Saye

11:45 a.m. – Alumni Eucharist

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

2:00 p.m. – Durstan R McDonald Teaching Award presented & Second Blandy Lecture by The Rev. Tom Brackett: “Postcards from the Edge of Ministry! Part II”

4:00 p.m. – Southwest Alumni Association Closing Reception at Posse East

*this schedule is subject to change

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