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Join Chaplains of religious and secular schools for discussion, reflection, resource-sharing and camaraderie.

2/27/2018 to 2/28/2018
When: February 27-28, 2018
Where: Saint Mary's Hall
9401 Starcrest Dr
San Antonio, Texas  78217
United States

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CSEE Member Schools: $225
Non-Members: $375

If you would like to join for the pre-event activities, please select this session when registering. There is no additional charge, but we would like to have a headcount for planning purposes. Thank you!



Join Chaplains of religious and secular schools for discussion, reflection, resource-sharing and camaraderie. 

The CSEE chaplain’s gathering focuses on the needs of chaplains who work in highly pluralistic school communities. Many of the participants come from schools that do not claim any denominational affiliation. The theme of this year’s gathering is, “success.” What is the goal of a chaplain in a pluralistic school community that has many faith traditions? What about when an increasing percentage of the school community has no interest in a faith tradition? Time will be allotted for participants to work together, and we will also have presentations from Sarah Drummond and Keven Fletcher (see below for more information).

There will be an optional pre-conference, at no additional charge. It will be a time for participants who arrive the day before to gather and tour of the Texas natural beauty and spend time with colleagues.




Sarah B. Drummond: Setting Goals for Success

Sarah Drummond will guide attendees in considering what it means to set goals for success on the ever-changing landscape of faith in education. Participants who attend her lecture and engage in her workshop will leave the conference capable of defining a plan, and an evaluation for that plan, that takes into consideration the complexity of helping students to make meaning. 

About Sarah

Drummond is the Dean of Faculty & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Andover Newton Theological School, and Visiting Professor of Ministerial Leadership at Yale Divinity School. For 20 years, Drummond (M.Div., Ph.D.) has asked the question, “How do we move an abstract theological idea into the form of an educational program, without ruining the beauty of the idea, nor creating a program that could never work?” She has written extensively on planning and evaluation and has served as a campus minister, seminary professor, seminary dean, and change leader in college and seminary education. Although she has not focused as closely on secondary education ministries, she is herself a product of independent schools (Suffield Academy), the spouse of an independent school educator, and an independent school parent.



Keven Fletcher: Shifting Our Mindset to Meet the Needs of Non-Religious Students

Many of our schools were founded within a particular religious tradition. That being said, from the beginning most of us served a handful of students from outside our particular faith group. Often, we 'included' this sampling of others, ensuring that their paths were respected while we continued to focus on our own.

Today, the handful has become the majority in many of our schools. Within some communities, the bulk of our students claim no religious affiliation, period, active or otherwise.

What does this mean for Chapels and Chaplaincy? How do we serve the spiritual needs of non-religious students who are unfamiliar with our traditions and openly skeptical about the relevance of what we represent? If we abandon religious forms, what does it mean for those who do ascribe to faith systems, particularly within our boarding communities?

St. Michaels University School draws 1,000 day and boarding students from 25 countries on five continents. Being a secular school on the West Coast with a Chapel and Chaplain, its program has undergone substantial change, based on formal surveys, independent student studies, and an ongoing dialogue within the community. With 110 years of tradition at play, the conversation has been robust and Keven is prepared to share it all. Although concrete examples will be offered to illustrate points, the emphasis will be on process – How do we serve the needs of our non-religious students? Keven will move between presentation, whole group, and small group sessions.

About Keven

Currently serving as the Chaplain and Faculty Mentor at St. Michaels University School, Keven divides his time between public speaking, process facilitation, and exploring life choices with staff and students. The 1,000 strong community draws from five continents and twenty-five countries. As an ordained minister within the United Church of Canada, his former role centered on congregational ministry in the midst of crisis. Earlier in his career, Keven worked with an organizational change and development firm, specializing in values identification and organizational culture within both the private and public sectors. Alongside these endeavors, Keven headed a non-profit that promoted discussion on ethics within the corporate community, including the establishment of a regional ethics award in conjunction with the country’s largest credit union. He also served on the boards of outreach societies that focused on providing food, shelter, and services to members of the street community. An avid teller of wisdom stories, Keven drew his favorites together to form the core of a novel, When It Matters Most, and investigated the ethical implications in a paper, 'Cultural Appropriation and the Telling of Wisdom Stories.'


Keven lives in Victoria, British Columbia with his amazingly resilient wife of over 25 years. Their daughter is currently completing another Master’s in Scotland, causing him moments of intense jealousy. He copes by commuting on his bike, playing with his camera, and enjoying great food with friends.



February 26, 12pm - evening:  Pre-Event (optional, free to register)

Group will explore the Missions in and around San Antonio, and end up on the Riverwalk for dinner.

February 27, 8:30am - 4pm

8:30  Registration

9:00  Keven Fletcher presents and facilitates group sessions. 

12:00  Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 Sarah Drummond presents

6:30 Dinner 


February 28, 8:30am - 4pm 

8:00 Light Breakfast

8:30 -12:00  Sarah Drummond presents

12:00  Lunch

2:30 - 3:30 discussion about the ideal chaplain evaluation tool 

3:30 - 4:00 close and evaluation 


Travel / Accommodations

Saint Mary's Hall is located five miles from the San Antonio International Airport. Many nearby hotels offer free airport shuttles.

There are several hotels in the area. Saint Mary's Hall recommends:

The Crowne Plaza, San Antonio Airport   4 miles away  (~$95 per night)

The Hilton, San Antonio Airport   6 miles away  (~$125 per night)


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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