Merry Lea Sustainability Leadership Semester
Residency program: Fifteen week-residency at Goshen (Indiana) College's Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center in Wolf Lake, Indiana, living in intentional community with a mix of graduate and undergraduate students.
Purpose: To build leadership skills in community development around environmental sustainability that is grounded in practical experience, utilizing theological frameworks for interpreting appropriate sustainable responses
Coursework: Three four-credit hour courses over 15 weeks taught by Merry Lea professors and staff, including:
- Empowering Sustainable Communities
- Integrated Social and Ecological Systems
- Leadership Experience in Sustainability
MATPS students participate in the Sustainability Leadership Semester in their third semester of study (or equivalent). Following their semester at Merry Lea, they'll complete the MATPS Integrative Seminar on the AMBS campus, using connections cultivated during the Merry Lea experience.
MDiv students participate in the Sustainability Leadership Semester during their third year of study (or equivalent). They also take Ministry in Church and World and complete the Supervised Ministry Experience to meet MDiv program requirements.
“I think the SLS can be a great experience for pastors. It would especially benefit seminarians who are interested in leadership roles in other contexts because it provides a framework for working on complex problems in the public square.” —Luke Gascho, executive director, Merry Lea
Housing and meals
AMBS students live at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center the entire semester. Lodging costs at Merry Lea are commensurate with the cost of living in AMBS campus housing. There is not sufficient room for families to live on site with students. Students share eating and cooking arrangements, plan weekly menus and shop together.
Registration and tuition
AMBS students register for this semester through the normal registration process after consulting with their advisor and pay AMBS tuition rates and fees.
AMBS students complete an application process for consideration by the Merry Lea program. Directions for completing this process are available through the AMBS Registrar.