ChapToR 2012: Fear and Faithfulness—Ministering to Communities in Transition

Thursday, February 16 - Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hilton Austin Airport
9515 Hotel Drive [map]
Austin, TX 78719

Trying to be bold yet staying cautious. This is one of the strange and paradoxical symptoms of our culture. On the one hand, we are told to “go for it;” on the other hand, we know that the world can be unsafe, unpredictable, and misleading in its allure, “so be careful out there!” This combination is also reflected in our school communities: how many mission statements speak of the desire for students to take risks and, at the same time, how many of our families value, above all, the safety that we represent to them and provide for them?

It is a tension we need to consider and understand (albeit not resolve) better. With the guidance of Scott Bader-Saye, Ph.D., the Helen and Everett H. Jones Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at the Seminary of the Southwest (and author of Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear), participants will explore this tension between risk and safety, as those who minister in our schools during times of transition juggle the gospel imperative to lose our lives while working with the cultural craving for a place of safety, something so many of our schools represent.

ChapToR is cosponsored by the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education.

Registration Deadline:
The registration deadline is Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Registration Includes:

Registration includes all conference materials, Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch, and Saturday breakfast. The registration fee does not include dinner on Friday, February 17, 2012, or housing for any night.

Dinner on Friday, February 17, 2012. Attendees should plan to explore the restaurants of downtown Austin on this night; a shuttle bus will depart the hotel at 6:00 p.m. It's a lively area on a Friday night, so make your reservation ahead of time. For additional information or to make a reservation, you may wish to visit these websites:
We look forward to seeing you Austin!

Who Should Attend:

This conference is designed for independent school and Episcopal school chaplains and teachers of religion.

Tips for Making the Case for Attending ChapToR 2012:
Many travel budgets and training budgets have been cut, and some schools are experiencing severe financial problems. This means that regardless of the merits of a conference, you may need to justify the expense when in previous years you may not have had to do so. So here are some things you might want to consider:

  • Communicate to your head of school what topics will be discussed and what you will specifically bring back as the return for the investment.
  • Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A session with your colleagues to share what you learned. This way others in your school will get the benefits of your attendance, too.
  • Share the syllabus and speaker handouts with your colleagues. As an attendee, you have unlimited access to materials posted by speakers.
  • Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending ChapToR.
We look forward to seeing in Austin.

Meeting Attire:

Comfortable and casual attire, suitable for Texas in February, is suggested.

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 02/09/2012
Name Price Available To
NAES or CSEE Member $349.00   Member
Corporate Subscriber
Episcopal Schools Organization
Non-Member $449.00   NonMember

Cancellation and Other Policies:

Written registration cancellations received by fax, 212.286.9366, or by e-mail,, no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, February 9, 2012, are entitled to full refund of the registration fee, less a $75 processing charge.

Cancellation requests of any kind received after 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, February 9, 2012, or by any means other than fax or e-mail will not be entitled to a refund of any kind.

All registrations are subject to acceptance. Registrations received without payment will be returned. Registrations are NOT transferable and cannot be split among conference attendees.

Any and all liability of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) and/or the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) with respect to registration, reservations, cancellations, changes in the location or content of the program, and refunds is limited to a sum no greater than the registration fee paid. Under no circumstances shall NAES and/or CSEE be liable for incidental or consequential damages of any kind, including, but not limited to, the cost of transportation or lodging. Submission of registration and payment constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions herein.

General Hotel Information:

A block of rooms has been secured at the Hilton Austin Airport for the nights of Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17, 2012. A limited number rooms are being held for attendees needing to stay over Saturday night, February 18, 2012.

The rate is $139 per night, single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes.

You must make your own reservations. The reservation deadline is January 31, 2012, after which reservations will be accepted on a rate- and space-available basis.

Online Reservations
Phone Reservations
  • Call 1.512.385.6767.
  • Ask for the "National Association of Episcopal Schools ChapToR 2012" block.
Be sure to reserve your hotel room right away!

Travel Information:

Attendees should plan to fly in and out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The hotel offers 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle service. Driving directions to the hotel are available on the Hilton Austin Airport website.

For more information please contact:

Mr. David J. Schnabel CAE