Salon 3 – Tending to the Body and Soul

Salon 3 – Tending to the Body and Soul
of Early Career Theological School Educators

Leadership Team

Dr. Katherine Turpin, Iliff School of Theology

Dr. Eric Barreto, Princeton Theological Seminary


Early career theological educators

Application Deadline

July 15, 2020 via MyWabash Application Portal


Our group experience will be focused on tending to the body and soul of the teacher. Built around the metaphor of the teaching life as a dinner feast, we will explore what the abundance of the feast looks like in the midst of a pandemic and the attendant institutional crises theological education is facing. How do we nurture the teaching life, vocation, and wholeness of the theological educator in this moment? How do we maintain the theological educator’s commitments to justice and equity in the midst of narratives of loss and scarcity? How do we counteract the instinct to preserve institutions both in higher education and the church rather than see them transformed? How do we build communities of pedagogical creativity, mutual care, and gracious belonging among teachers and students alike?

Dates & Times

Meeting for 90 minutes on Tuesdays at 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific

Tuesday, September 22 (4:00-5:30 pm, Eastern)

Tuesday, October 13 (4:00-5:30 pm, Eastern)

Tuesday, November 10 (4:00-5:30 pm, Eastern)

Tuesday, December 15 (4:00-5:30 pm, Eastern)

Tuesday, February 16 (4:00-5:30 pm, Eastern)

Tuesday, March 16 (4:00-5:30 pm, Eastern)

Tuesday, April 27 (4:00-5:30 pm, Eastern)

Final Face-to-Face Meeting – Monday-Wednesday, June 28-30, 2021, Indianapolis, Indiana

Directions to apply to a Wabash Center Digital Salon

Login to myWabash
Select: Digital Salon
Select: *Name of Preferred Salon*
The application for the Digital Salons consists of these parts:

I. Contact Information Form & Agreement to Policy on Full Participants
II. Application Documents

1. An introductory letter that describes the challenges and opportunities at your institution regarding your teaching, scholarship, and/or service (200 words).

2. Describe a significant teaching moment wherein your identity impacted your pedagogy (300 words.)

3. Academic CV (4 page limit)

III. Letter of Institutional Support
A letter of institutional support is required for your application.  The online form will prompt you to provide:  reference name, title, school, relationship to applicant, number of years in relationship, and email address for the person who will be writing your letter of  support. This person will receive an email with instructions and a link to upload this confidential letter into the application system.  This request should be made prior to the submission of your application materials. 
For Digital Salons – Letters of support may come from an institutional colleague or supervisor; the letter can also come from a colleague from another institution, for example, a colleague you met at a Wabash workshop or colloquy. In either instance, the person must be able to speak to your ability to participate fully and generatively in a collaborative conversation on teaching and the teaching life.

Application Deadline
July 15, 2020

Questions about the Salons?
Dr. Paul O. Myhre
Associate Director


Participants in the Salons will receive an honorarium of $3,000 for full participation in the online Salon meetings and the culminating meeting in Indianapolis on June 28-20, 2021.

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