Transformative Community Conferencing

Columbia Theological Seminary is partnering with Dr. David Hooker, Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame, to guide the community through his Transformative Community Conferencing (TCC) process.

Timeline for TCC Process

October 2019: Board of Trustees initiated process to call Dr. David A. Hooker to lead Transformative Community Conferencing at Columbia Theological Seminary. Read More

January 2020: Professor Marcia Riggs confirmed as primary contact and leader in gathering a Design Team for Columbia Seminary’s process.

March 2020: First conversation in series planned for late March with Dr. Hooker and the Board of Trustees.

Spring 2020: Dr. Hooker will facilitate a series of conversations designed to help faculty, staff, students, alumni, Board members, administrators, and others to engage the seminary’s history, uncover the deep narratives of the community, and work together to create a new preferred narrative.

This is a different way to have a conversation. I hope participants will appreciate that difference, how it shapes the discussion and opens up new possibilities for the future of the institution. I want to draw out hope from the participants, so they will be courageous in these conversations.

—Dr. David Hooker

More About Dr. David Hooker

David Anderson Hooker has worked with David Hookercommunities, governments, and international NGOs and civil society organizations on post-conflict community building, environmental justice, and other issues of public policy and social justice. He has managed multi-party conflicts, conducted workshops, and consulted across the U.S. and around the world.

Hooker also is a lawyer who has represented the State of Georgia as an Assistant Attorney General. He has taught graduate courses in negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, trauma healing, and conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University.

From 2010-2015, Hooker was a Senior Fellow for Community Engagement Strategies at the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. He is President & Principal Consultant of CounterStories Consulting, LLC, where his work focuses on narrative alignment for civic, community, and faith leaders.

Hooker is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.S./B.S.) in Atlanta, Georgia; the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.P.H. & M.P.A.); Emory University’s School of Law (J.D.); and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div.). He earned his Ph.D. from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.



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