Intersection: Where Cutting-Edge Scholarship Meets Online Convenience

Intersection is an innovative continuing education program that allows you to earn Continuing Education Units online with engaging and thought-provoking content.  Intersection incorporates lectures by and reflection with the distinguished faculty of Garrett-Evangelical. Over the course of the academic year, faculty members present Intersection lectures to the seminary community and public on topics ranging from theology, biblical interpretation, church history and the church in society. These lectures include retirement lectures that celebrate the accomplishments and careers of our renowned scholars, sabbatical lectures which showcase current research and exploration, and mark professional milestones and accolades.  The lectures are videotaped and made available right from the seminary's website.

Who Benefits

Intersection lectures can be used to earn Continuing Education Units for clergy and laity. By completing a three-step CEU Lecture Program, individuals can earn .5 (half) Continuing Education Units for each lecture and associated activity. This three-step process is as follows:

  1. Watch the video taped presentation online or attend future faculty lecture in person
  2. Complete an assigned reading
  3. Write a reflective paper, which will be reviewed by a Garrett-Evangelical faculty member

Intersection can be completed entirely online or on campus. There is a $300 fee, which covers registration and enrollment costs.  Garrett-Evangelical adheres to the CEU policy set forth by the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) that five hours equals .5 (half) CEU.

Next Steps

To get started choose which lecture you would like to watch and then click "Enroll Now."  Once registered the Office of External Programs will provide you with the necessary materials to get started.

Prefer to register by phone or email?  Have additional questions?  Contact the Office of External Programs at 847.866.4547 or External.Programs@garrett.edu.


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Dr. David Hogue
Brain Matters: Toward a Practical
Theology of Human Connectedness

Recorded on September 14, 2011

This lecture sketches recent developments in the neurosciences and explores their implications for a practical theology of human relationality. Of particular interest will be human capacities for empathy and love, provocative hints about what goes wrong in relationships, and hopeful signs for their restoration.

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Dr. Brent Waters
Dead Reckoning:
Eschatology and Ethics
Recorded on September 21, 2011

This lecture charts a trajectory for the Christian moral life between what Dr. Waters calls “the poles of anticipatory remembrance and imaginative restlessness.”

Influenced by pastoral theologian and faculty colleague Dr. David Hogue and his book, Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past, Waters examines the relationship between eschatology and ethics by likening the Christian moral life to the ancient mariners and early pilots who, when unequipped with charts and instrumentation, employed what is known as “dead reckoning.”

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Dr. Stephen Ray
Theology and the Unimaginable
Recorded on September 28, 2011

The lecture will be an exploration of how the Church can in a theologically responsible way conceive of forgiveness in the face of genocide; particularly when it unfolds in the midst of Christian communities and is facilitated by the actions of the faithful.

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Dr. Ruth Duck
Vital Worship for the Twenty-First Century
Recorded on October 5, 2011

Based on the final chapter of Dr. Duck’s forthcoming textbook, Worship for the Whole People of God, this lecture focuses on the new and promising developments in North American worship.

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Dr. James Poling
The Ambiguity of God and Humans
Recorded on October 26, 2011

In his retirement lecture, Poling explores the concept of ambiguity as a helpful concept for human religious life. In Jesus’s life, the cross and nonviolence are signs that show us the connections between human ambiguity and God’s ambiguity. This lecture is drawn from his recent book: Rethinking Faith: A Constructive Practical Theology (Fortress Press, 2011).

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Dr. Ken Vaux
The Ministry of Vincent Van Gogh
Recorded on November 7, 2011

The Lecture will explore the frustrations and fulfillments faced in Vincent's quest to become an Preacher/Evangelist then a Painter/Pastor with particular focus on his unfolding Ethical Theology.

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Dr. Mark Fowler
Leaders, Prophets and the Church Yet to Be
Recorded on November 16, 2011

Leadership is a consistent cry from denominational leaders and church boards. It is clear from the request that the urgency is “a church in trouble” that needs to be “saved.” This lecture will explore the vocation of a leader in the church who is responsive to the salvation God has already worked in Jesus Christ and the “meantime” focus of leadership for the living of these days. The presentation will also touch on the limitations of the constitutional aspirations of mainline denominations with special focus on The United Methodist Book of Discipline.

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Dr. Anne Joh
Still Present Pasts of War and Immigration: Imagining the Horizons of Korean American Theology
Recorded on February 8, 2012

What are the conditions of possibility for Koreans in America? What does it mean to construct Korean American identity? What is the relation between Korean Americans with American history and Korean history? How might Korean Americans be haunted by the still present pasts of U.S. presence in Korea? What are some of the necessary contours that must condition theological reflection by Korean American Christians?

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Dr. Beth Sheppard
Then and Now: Histography and New Testament Interpretation
Recorded on February 29, 2012

What is meant by “historical criticism” and are historically minded New Testament scholars using the same methods and approaches as their colleagues in the field of classics or other branches of professional history? After a brief survey of recent methods and challenges in historiography, several techniques for investigating history will be
recommended for either broader or new implementation in studies of Christianity in Antiquity.

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Dr. Ron Anderson
Apotaxis and Ethics: The Baptismal Renunications and Christian Discipleship
Recorded on March 7, 2012

Dr. Anderson will explore the implications of the recovery of the apotaxis and syntaxis in the baptismal liturgies of many mainline protestant churches in the USA. In particular, the current United Methodist baptismal liturgy to explore how the baptismal renunciation and affirmation provide a framework for the development of a Christian ethic and a pattern of Christian discipleship

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Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Standing at the Edge of the Mississippi:
Reflections on a Different Paradigm for Theological Education
Recorded on March 21, 2012

Dr. Anderson’s lecture will propose helping students to develop their own socio-historical narratives as a connecting thread that weaves together their seminary coursework.

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