Pastoral Imagination Event Recap

Because you have been wondering… what is pastoral imagination? Why does it matter for ministers and other religious leaders? On November 18, 2021 a group of scholar-practioners gathered at Union Theological Seminary (on zoom of course). And together, we talked about pastoral imagination.

Now the video is available. And you can watch the Pastoral Imagination Union @ Home Event recap! During the event, panelists addressed key questions about the concept and the related research. They explored implications of the pastoral imagination for their own teaching and leadership.

We recorded the conversation because we want to share the lively interactions. We also received great questions from event attendees. See how LPI co-directors, Eileen Campbell-Reed and Christian Scharen, as well as Tim Adkins-Jones, Su Yon Pak, and moderator Pamela Cooper-White, engage the concept in all its complexity.

Learn more about Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life and the Pastoral Imagination Companion Journal. Additionally, you can download the free Learning Pastoral Imagination Five-Year Report.

When you watch the Pastoral Imagination Union Event recap, you will learn more about the concept, the research project, and the new book by Eileen Campbell-Reed. Would you also like to be on our mailing list? Sign up here.


+ Timothy Adkins-Jones, Assistant Professor of Homiletics, and Pastor of the historic Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.

+ Su Yon Pak, Senior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative and Field-based Education at Union Theological Seminary.

+ Christian Scharen, Co-Director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project and Pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church, Brooklyn, NY.

+ Eileen Campbell-Reed, Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Co-Director of the LPI Project, and author of Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life.

+ Pamela Cooper-White, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean, and Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology & Religion, will moderate the panel.