Members' News


In her recent President's letter to the SSCS membership, Lisa Dahill announced that she will be taking a new position this summer in the Religion Department of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. After ten years of seminary teaching in Ohio, she said that she was excited to return to her geographic and familial roots. Her new contact information is:
California Lutheran University
60 Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

The following is a press release from Shalem Institute about SSCS member Margaret Benefiel:

Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation Appoints New Executive Director
: Dr. Margaret Benefiel

Washington, DC—The Board of Directors of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation is pleased
to announce the appointment of Dr. Margaret Benefiel as the Executive Director for Shalem Institute
effective July 1, 2015. A teacher, consultant and scholar in the field of organizational leadership, Dr.
Benefiel brings a unique combination of gifts and skills to this position.

For over two decades, Dr. Benefiel has run her own consulting, speaking, training and coaching
business, Executive Soul, helping leaders and organizations nurture their souls and express their deepest
values institutionally. At the same time, she has taught as adjunct faculty at Andover Newton
Theological School in the area of contemplative leadership. Her consulting, speaking, and teaching have
taken her to most of the U.S., as well as to Ireland, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland
and Kenya.

Dr. Benefiel holds a B.A. in History from Princeton University, an M.A. in Mathematics from
Portland State University, an M.A. in Theology from Earlham School of Religion, and a PhD in
Spirituality from Catholic University of America. She is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call:
Spiritual Guidance Program and a member of Shalem’s Society for Contemplative Leadership, a group
of Shalem graduates dedicated to sharing insights, resources and a shared spiritual discipline.

Dr. Benefiel is an accomplished writer who has written extensively on various aspects of
contemplative leadership and spirituality at work, including The Soul of Supervision; The Soul of a
Leader: Finding Your Path to Fulfillment and Success; and Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in
Organizations. She is currently at work on a book about contemplative higher education.
“We are delighted to have someone of Margaret’s stature join Shalem in this capacity,” said
Shalem’s board president, CeCe Balboni. “Her experience and vision excite us as we all trust the Spirit
to guide us into the future.”

The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation is a non-profit, religious organization that has
provided in-depth support for contemplative living and leadership for over 40 years, offering a
wide variety of programs and resources for spiritual directors, clergy, lay leaders and individuals
who want to open themselves more fully to God in their daily lives and work.

Updated 7/29/15