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FAITH and The Fletcher School at Tufts University Launch Pilot Partnership Program in Strategic Leadership and Transformation for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

(Wednesday, July 31 -- Medford, MA) – The Fletcher School at Tufts University and FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism are pleased to announce the launch of a new executive education program, Strategic Leadership and Transformative Action (SLTA), for members of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. SLTA is an intensive program designed to give clergy and laity a foundational set of technical, intellectual, and spiritual tools and ideas for leadership to produce transformative action by the Church as a faith-based community and institution. 

The pilot program will launch on The Fletcher School campus in Medford, MA in January 2020.  Participants will engage in four days of lectures, interactive seminars, training and skills workshops, project development, and presentations over the course of an intensive, four-day program. The customized curriculum will include lectures by distinguished experts in leadership, strategic management, and communications for faith-based organizations; financial management for non-profits; religious literacy; Orthodox Christianity in America and the world; and religious pluralism in America. Upon completion of the program, all participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Office of Executive Education at The Fletcher School.

Participants will be selected via application to FAITH and will include clergy and laity who aspire to develop and deepen their knowledge base and practical skills for active, theologically-informed, transformative leadership consistent with their institutional mission as the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. The program aims to enable participants to draw intentionally and innovatively on the program’s organizing principles of awareness, action, and impact, in order to contribute to dynamic, faith-based transformation within their parishes, metropolises, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and public communities. The program is the first of its kind for the Greek Orthodox community of America. 

“The Metropolis truly is grateful to FAITH to be selected as the pilot program group for the opportunity to learn from the faculty in a world-class university setting like The Fletcher School,” said His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael. “It presents a unique setting for active engagement in workshops focused on teaching the best practices of non-profit management, collaboration, and accountability that will help empower our Metropolis and community. Leadership must be the unbroken thread through everything we do as a Church and community, from both clergy and laity perspective.”

The Fletcher School has a dynamic, multi-faceted series of executive education programs customized to meet the needs of diverse participants. “The SLTA Program builds on Fletcher’s demonstrated strengths and innovation in executive education that is designed for world leaders who work comfortably at the local and global levels,” said Prodromou, who is the SLTA Program Coordinator and who directs Fletcher’s Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy. “The School’s commitment to religious literacy as part of educating world leaders, as well as our history of engagement with the Greek Orthodox Church and Ecumenical Patriarchate, make for a perfect match in piloting this new program.”

About FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism

Since 2004, FAITH has supported and promoted excellence and leadership among young people within the Greek and Hellenic community through sponsoring college scholarship programs, St. John Chrysostom Awards, financial aid travel grants to Ionian Village, and various educational resources for the Greek language and culture programs at parishes. More information and applications for this program will be posted at www.thefaithendowment.orglater this summer.

About The Fletcher School

The Fletcher School at Tufts University is the oldest graduate school of international affairs in the U.S., working to solve the world’s most pressing challenges through a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to research and education. Since 1933, The Fletcher School has prepared the world’s leaders to become innovative problem-solvers in government, business, and non-governmental organizations with strategic cross-sector networks. Through our ongoing commitment and rigorous approach to advancing world knowledge through research and scholarship, The Fletcher School at Tufts University continues to inform and build bridges to meaningful global solutions.

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