ChapToR 2010: The Chaplain as Teacher, the Teacher as Chaplain

Thursday, February 4 - Saturday, February 6, 2010

Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road [map]
Alexandria, VA 22304

Registration for this conference is closed. No additional registrations are being accepted and no on-site registration is possible.

Whether you are a new lay or ordained school chaplain for the first time, beginning your tenure at your first independent or Episcopal school, or simply seeking time to reflect on the nature and scope of your ministry, ChapToR is for you!

Association leaders, a former school chaplain/rector, and a seminary professor will lead you through an examination of distinctive facets of the teaching role of chaplains and teachers of religion. You will also be able to network with other chaplains and teachers of religion over meals, shared worship, resource sharing, and a discussion of principles of good practice for the teaching of religion. You will develop a circle of colleagues and friends on which you can rely, both personally and professionally.

You will leave ChapToR ready for the joys and challenges of chaplaincy and the teaching of religion common to all independent schools and Episcopal schools.

Co-sponsored by the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) and held at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, ChapToR 2010 will include presentations from:

  • The Rev. Roger A. Ferlo, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Director of the Institute for Christian Formation and Leadership, Virginia Theological Seminary
  • The Rev. Daniel Heischman, D.Min., Executive Director, National Association of Episcopal Schools
  • Elisabeth M. Kimball, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christan Formation and Congregational Leadership, Virginia Theological Seminary
  • Mr. David Streight, Executive Director, Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education
Before registering, click on the above-listed link to view the schedule of meeting sessions and special events and be sure to read this entire page. We look forward to seeing you at what we are certain will be a thought-provoking, spiritually nourishing, and fun weekend!

Registration Includes:

Registration includes all conference materials, Thursday dinner, Friday continental breakfast and lunch, and Saturday continental breakfast. The registration fee does not include dinner on Friday, February 5, 2010, or housing for any night.

Dinner on Friday, February 5, 2010. Attendees should plan to explore the restaurants of Old Town Alexandria and the surrounding areas that night. 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 Web sites:
Please direct registration questions to David J. Schnabel, CAE, at NAES.

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 2010:
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 Alexandria.

Meeting Attire:

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

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 01/28/2010
Name Price Available To
NAES or CSEE Member $325.00   Member
Corporate Subscriber
Non-Member $425.00   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, January 28, 2010, are entitled to full refund of the registration fee, less a $50 processing charge.

Written housing cancellations received by fax, 212.286.9366, or by e-mail,, no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, January 28, 2010, are entitled to full refund of housing fees, less an additional $20 processing charge.

Cancellation requests of any kind received after 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, January 28, 2010, or by any means other than fax or e-mail will not be entitled to a refund of any kind.

All registrations and housing reservations are subject to acceptance. Registrations and reservations 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:

At this time no accommodations are available at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) for this event. For information about hotel alternatives to VTS housing, please Visit Alexandria.

VTS Room Assignments and Check-in Instructions — Final room assignments and check-in instructions will be sent in a dedicated e-mail on Friday, January 29, 2010, separate from the final, general pre-conference e-mail on that same day.

Travel Information:

NAES recommends flying in and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, as this airport is significantly closer to Virginia Theological Seminary than are Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Here are links to the ground transportation options at each airport so that you may make an informed choice as to your air travel arrangements.
Attendees along the Northeast Corridor may wish to consider taking Amtrak to Washington, DC's Union Station or to Alexandria, Virginia, and then on to VTS using a combination of public transportation and taxi.
Public Transportation and Taxi
The closest Metro stop to Virginia Theological Seminary is the King Street Station, which is about 3 miles away. A cab ride will cost around $6.00. A DASH bus ride is $1.00.
Driving Directions and Campus Map
A map of the Virginia Theological Seminary campus and driving are available on the VTS Web site.

For more information please contact:

Mr. David J. Schnabel CAE