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L. Roger Owens and the Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy meet at a coffeeshop in the East Liberty neighborhood. Fowler-Searcy has spent two decades serving the church and helping revitalize the community; she shares her wisdom and experience with Owens and his students. Photos by Alexander Catedral

Seminary students and their professor benefit from the wisdom of a local pastor

How does a seminary professor keep learning once he has left the parish? L. Roger Owens found a teacher in the Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy, who has worked to revitalize the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta calls itself a "maker community." Students from preschool to high school learn by solving problems and building prototypes. Photos courtesy of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Christian school embraces design thinking to help form creative, empathetic citizens

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta wasn't satisfied with only changing its physical space and teaching methods. School leaders also created a nonprofit institute to encourage other educators to adopt the model.  

Nedgine Paul founded the nonprofit Anseye Pou Ayiti -- roughly translated as "teach for Haiti" -- to improve the educational system in Haiti. Photo courtesy of Anseye Pou Ayiti

Nedgine Paul: Proving what is possible in Haiti

Reforming the Haitian educational system is a challenge. But by focusing on the country’s rich culture, customs and community, it is possible to make a difference, says the founder of a leadership development organization for teacher-leaders in Haiti.

A scene from the South African province KwaZulu-Natal, where Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary is located. The seminary educates leaders from South Africa and neighboring countries. BigStock / BennyMarty

Simangaliso Kumalo: Politics, the church and theological education in South Africa

It’s easy to dismiss the church’s political role in countries where political rights are not an issue. But in post-apartheid South Africa, the church and seminary have a critical role to play in developing leaders who will transform society, says the president of Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary.

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