Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church Initiative

Healthy Seminarians + Healthy Churches = A Healthier World

aka Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church   |   Murrysville, PA   |  https://www.healthyseminarians-healthychurch.org

Mission

We equip seminarians, clergy, and church leaders to explore practical ways of living into greater health and wholeness through education, research, and advocacy.

Ruling year info

2014

Co-founder/Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Karen H. Webster

Co-founder

Rev. Travis A Webster

Main address

Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church 4600 Old William Penn Hwy.

Murrysville, PA 15668 USA

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EIN

46-4073343

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

HSHC recognizes that seminarians and clergy struggle disproportionately with mental, emotional, and physical health issues. We are committed to breaking this cycle of unhealth. Through our efforts to educate and bring awareness of how to change this reality, we can help church leaders become agents of positive transformation in their communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Moving in Wholeness Small Group

The purpose of the "Moving in Wholeness" small group is to give seminarians the opportunity to consider the concept of health (the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and creation) from biblical, theological, and practical perspectives, while also offering the opportunity to join in table fellowship with others in the CTS community.

Population(s) Served
Students
Christians

Karen and Travis have spoken extensively at churches, conferences and in academic settings on the topics of plant-based nutrition, the impact of food choices on creating hospitality in communities, environment care, personal practices of self-care, movement and wholeness.

Population(s) Served
Christians

The goal of this program is for individuals and families to prepare a dish and swap portions with others in their group, so they have a greater variety of home-cooked meals to enjoy throughout the week. This program gives people the opportunity to try out new recipes, share food with friends, and cook less often while still enjoying home-cooked meals.

Population(s) Served
Students
Academics

HSHC is available to help seminarians discern, plan for, and live into the vision they have for maintaining spiritual, physical, and emotional health in the vocation to which God has called them.

Population(s) Served
Students
Christians

HSHC offers an online health and wellness assessment to help seminarians identify where their health and wholeness stand now and to help start creating goals for the future.

Population(s) Served
Students
Academics

HSHC offers easy and affordable whole-foods, plant-based recipes to try at home; Recipe “makeover” ideas (making them lighter and healthier); and Tips for navigating potlucks and other food-centered gatherings.

Population(s) Served
Students
Christians

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

HSHC is committed to exploring, embodying, and educating theologically and scientifically grounded wholeness through:

+ Recognizing and operating out of an ethic of the interconnectedness and interdependence of all creation;
+ Creating and nurturing an accepting, non-judgmental, confidential, and accessible space for all participants, regardless of where they are in their wellness journey;
+ Valuing our own health and the health of our coworkers through practicing integrity and authenticity in our personal and organizational life;
+ Encouraging and cultivating whole-food, plant-based, sustainable, and zero-waste practices;
+ Partnering with organizations that complement HSHC’s work; and
+ Looking forward to and planning for a sustainable organizational future.

We do this by:

+ Developing, testing, and providing practical tools and resources for seminarians, clergy, and congregations;
+ Modeling and promoting healthier habits;
+ Informing and influencing the administrations of seminaries, divinity schools, and denominations for the prioritization of health in both their pedagogy and culture; and
+ Consulting, advocating in, and educating churches on how to model theologically grounded wholeness.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church Initiative

Board of directors
as of 7/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Dr. Karen Webster

Suzanne Yoder

Faye Codding

Paul VanWyke

Travis Webster

Anna Grace Claunch

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/15/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data