SALT Summer Institute of Theology (SSIT)
Salt Summer Institute of Theology (SSIT) provides an opportunity for continuing education for pastors and lay people. A variety of abbreviated courses and workshops are offered, taught by local and guest instructors.
The vision of Salt Summer Institute of Theology (SSIT) is to expand the depth and breadth of theological inquiry and business/entrepreneurship and include the gifts, needs, and contributions of business/entrepreneurship to theological learning and religious practice.
SALT Summer Institute works toward that vision by:
- Organizing a week long intensive institute that brings together leading local scholars and ,writers in the areas of theology and ministry with clergy, religious leaders, practitioners, laity and others who are interested and involved in business/entrepreneurship and faith supports.
- Affirming and exploring the ways that business impacts all of the major theological disciplines as well as the many dimensions of religious life and faith community practices.
- Recognizing and celebrating the ways that the integration of theology and practice mutually inform and support one another.
- Appreciating the diversity of perspectives that come from scholars, practitioners, and business owners/entrepreneurs.
- The Institute aspires to be a “big tent,” where everyone can speak from their particular background and experience while also respecting the same in others. We meet one another in an I-Thou framework that hopefully supports personal sharing, careful listening, and mutual learning.
- Building a national/international event that is recognized for those contributions while also making the key resources from the SALT Summer Institutes available and accessible to everyone interested.
Core Faculty and Mentor
The core faculty for the SALT Summer Institute includes core leaders from the major religious organizations in Grenada, including the Conference of Churches in Grenada, the Alliance of Evangelical Churches in Grenada, the Open Bible Institute in Grenada and the Grenada Institute for Theological Education.
The core faculty serve as advisers, speakers, and mentors/faculty to the participants during the week to create a community of learning, with input from new speakers each year.
The Institute format includes a Monday event open to a wider regional audience who might only be able to come for one day, followed by three days with two major presentations each day, discussion with speakers, discussion groups arranged around core issues of interest to participants, morning and evening meditation, and workshops led by Institute participants.
SALT Summer Institute seeks to provide a podium for emerging scholars entering the field of religion and business. Nominations for the 2020 Institute are due January 1, 2019. More information will be posted soon.
One of the key purposes of SALT Summer Institute of Theology is to encourage and support certificate level students in any denomination who are working in the area of theology, religion, and business. There are several levels to this support, including:
- Seeking fundings on their behalf to cover part of the costs for the Summer Institute.
- Depending on the location of each Summer Institute, there may be academic credit or CEU’s offered for the week through a collaborating seminary or university.
- Opportunities for presentation of student research and work at a graduate level in afternoon forums.
- Academic credit in collaboration with a student’s own institution. That works as follows:
- The student must work with his or her own seminary or university on a course or project plan, which will be approved for the level of credit sought.
- The curriculum can include prior readings and/or review of presentations from previous Summer Institutes and participation at the weeklong Institute.
- It may include the responsibility of presenting that work at the Summer Institute, either in a forum with other students or in a focused workshop.
- It can also include individualized mentoring and review/grading of papers by any of the Summer Institute Faculty/Mentors. For example, if a student is doing a research project that references or is based on the work of one of the Faculty/Mentors or in their area of work, then arrangements can be made with that Summer Institute Faculty to consult with and review their work either during the Institute or at a later date.
- A tuition fee for that individualized mentoring and review will be charged. The fee could come from a portion of the tuition fee paid by the student to his or her own school for academic credit (depending on the school’s policy) or in addition to the costs for that academic credit.
SALT Summer Institute will be officially launched in Grenada, March 2019.
This transformation institute will impact individuals, families, businesses, communities and even entire nations.
For more information on the SALT Summer Institute, contact Vonnie James.