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Centers and Institutes

In 1974, Garrett-Evangelical affirmed three institutional commitments:

  • church and the Black experience
  • women and ministry
  • peace and justice

Today, additional institutional commitments have extended to address changing needs of the culture and of the student body. The following centers and institutes have been established to enrich seminary life, to allow students, faculty, and the church to interact in programs of mutual interest, and to bring new perspectives to the community. They operate with several different kinds of organization and activities.

Asian/Asian American Ministries Center

Established by the seminary in 1984, this center serves the needs of Asian American students, pastors, and churches. The office provides services to churches throughout the North Central Jurisdiction by recruiting students for ordained ministry and by training seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders for effective ministry in cross-cultural settings. For more information, contact Dr. Anne Joh, faculty director, at 847.866.3974.

Center for the Church and the Black Experience

Instituted in 1970 as one of the primary emphases of the seminary, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) focuses on African American experience and ministry. This center responds to the needs of the African American students, pastors, and churches. Its purpose is to ensure the integration of black religious experience into all aspects of seminary life, including student recruitment, faculty development, curriculum planning, and special programs. Its aims are instituted by incorporating the African American experience into existing curricula, rather than establishing separate black studies programs; by the endowment of scholarships for black students; and by the establishment of a parity committee made up of equal numbers of black and white faculty.

For more information, contact Dr. Angela Cowser, director, at 847.866.3984. To learn more about CBE, go to Garrett.edu/CBE.

Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience

The Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience is a one-of-a-kind North American institute that provides training in the sacred music of the Black church and beyond to musicians and worship leaders for the enrichment of congregational worship in diverse contexts. The purpose of the Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience is two-fold:

  1. to provide training in sacred music of the Black church and beyond to music and worship leaders to enrich congregational worship
  2. to create an archive of music and scholarship that will preserve and promote the rich history of Black church music

For more information, visit Garrett.edu/CMWBCE.

Hispanic-Latinx Center

Established in 1988, this center seeks to bring Hispanic culture and experience into the life of the seminary and provide continuing education to the church. It strives to serve the needs of Hispanic and Latin American students, pastors, and churches. The office provides services to churches throughout the North Central Jurisdiction by recruiting students for ordained ministry and by training seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders for effective ministry in cross-cultural settings.

“Latinx” is a gender-neutral alternative to “Latino/Latina.” As a reflection of our quest for representing our base, the Center has had various names in its history: Hispanic Center, Hispanic Latino Center and Hispanic Latino(a) Latin American Center. Our community continues to grow, change and to learn new ways to come to terms with itself in all its glorious complexity. We believe the name "Hispanic-Latinx Center" connects us explicitly to our heritage while also communicating our desire to be an expansive, welcoming space.

For more information, contact Dr. Débora Junker, Director of the Hispanic-Latinx Center.

Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

The Rueben P. Job Institute is an initiative for continuing education in spiritual formation, developed by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. We are pleased to honor Bishop Rueben P. Job in this initiative. As an alumnus of Garrett-Evangelical, Bishop Job’s ministry has pioneered spiritual formation practices within The United Methodist Church.  Garrett-Evangelical has continued this pioneering work through the development of the United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation and spiritual formation/direction specializations throughout our degree programs.

For more information about the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation, contact Frederick Schmidt, 847.866.3985.

What God Wants for Your Life Blog

What God Wants for Your Life is a blog written by Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt, who holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and directs the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. The blog is updated weekly and can be found here.

The Rueben Job Institute Online Courses

The Reuben Job Institute also offers a number of online courses for continuing education credit. These online courses provide an opportunity for both clergy and lay to explore meaningful facts of their own spiritual formation and their leadership with others in spiritual formation/direction ministries. These instructors interact with students each week over a six-week period and while there are weekly deadlines, participants are able engage the class on their own schedules within each week. Participants spend 3-4 hours per week to complete all aspects of the course and receive 2 CEUs.

2017 - 2018 Spiritual Formation Online Offerings

Creativity & Divine Surprise: Contemplative Creative Expression in Spiritual Direction and Formation
August 21 – September 29, 2017
Rev. Karla Kincannon, D.Min.
Director of Spiritual Formation, Aldersgate UMC

The Way of Forgiveness
October 9 – November 17, 2017
Rev. Brenda Buckwell, D.Min.
Director, Living Streams Flowing Water

Spiritual Formation with Youth and Emerging Adults
January 15 – February 23, 2018
Chaplain, Ohio Northern University

Desert Spirituality II - Going Deeper: The Seeker and The Saint
April 19 – May 18, 2018
Rev. Brenda Buckwell, D.Min.
Director, Living Streams Flowing Water

For more information about the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation online course, please contact Ms. Erin Moore, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at erin.moore@garrett.edu or 847.866.3902.

Paraprofessional Certification in Spiritual Formation

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a two-year program in Spiritual Formation, leading to United Methodist approved Paraprofessional Certification in Spiritual Formation. Garrett-Evangelical has been approved by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to offer the curriculum for this continuing education program. Our first partner is the Ministry of Spiritual Formation at First United Methodist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You can learn more about the program here.

Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values

An endowed center, the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values draws together seminary resources, graduate professional schools, area pastors, and laity to address the compelling ethical issues facing contemporary society; e.g., technological interventions at the beginning and ending of life; war and religion; the plight of children in the cities; the environment; and human experimentation. It seeks to bring a theological perspective to these issues of ecumenical and international scope. Special lecture series and seminars are among the settings which will bring religious communities, seminary scholars, and university colleagues together with the Garrett-Evangelical community.

You can contact Dr. Brent Waters, director, at 847.866.3915 or stead.center@garrett.edu.

Styberg Preaching Institute

Endowed in 2005, the Styberg Preaching Institute exists to form Christian leaders in the theological and practical disciplines necessary to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ faithfully in the context of contemporary cultures. The resources and programs of the institute are available to students, pastors, and alums.

For more information, contact Gennifer Brooks, director, at 847.866.3888 or styberg@garrett.edu. To learn more about the institute, go to Garrett.edu/Styberg.

WomenIMAGES

Established in the early 1970s to provide programs and act as a catalyst for the whole community, WomenIMAGES (Women in Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary) provides community and educational opportunities for women and seeks to create a nonsexist context for theological education. The center offers student-organized opportunities for learning and advocacy.

For further information contact Dr. Virginia Lee, advisor, at 847.866.4549.