This dynamic course will integrate a theology of holy communion with a critical examination of how we produce, distribute, and consume “our daily bread” in today’s economy, while also exploring practical ways individuals and communities can participate in alternative food practices that are holy, healthy and just. 

May 20-24, 2013, Daily Schedule  

Indoor Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Travel: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Outdoor Field Learning: 1:30-4 p.m. (Various Locations)


Each day functions as a freestanding learning experience including: a theological focus on God’s invitation to participate in loving communion through a unique set of table practices; a critical examination of modern industrial agriculture’s destructive effects on people and the land; and practical strategies to help build a more sustainable and just food economy. Classes may be taken as individual days or may be purchased as a 5-Day series (see pricing below).


Course credit is available for Garrett-Evangelical and ACTS students through the normal registration procedures. The deadline for traditional students to register is May 1, 2013.


In addition to the morning class, which will include lectures, select media presentations, and discussion, there is the daily opportunity to share a communal meal with other participants and to spend the afternoon in hands-on learning experiences around the Chicago area.  Persons interested in the full-day option should contact Shay Craig, coordinator for External Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 847.866.4547.


Tim Eberhart



Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral and Public Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  He teaches in the areas of theology and ethics, concentrating on the relation of Christian doctrine to economic, environmental, and political theory.  He also serves as Garrett-Evangelical’s representative for the newly formed Seminary Stewardship Alliance (SSA), a consortium of schools dedicated to reconnecting Christians with the biblical mandate to care for God's creation.  He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College, his M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.  Professor Eberhart is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served as a youth director, campus chaplain, and local pastor.  Before coming to Garrett-Evangelical, he was the Coordinator for the Project in Leadership and Sustainability in the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions at Vanderbilt.  He has taught extensively in local church and community settings on a range of theological and ethical issues.  He and his wife Rev. Becky Eberhart, the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at Garrett-Evangelical, and their three children reside in Evanston, Illinois.  




Five Day Pass F

Register for Food, Faith, and Justice (Five Day Pass)
May 20-24, 2013 | $250 (A $50 Savings for All Five Days) 

Daily Schedule
Class Time: Monday through Friday, 8-11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Travel: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Field Learning: 1:30-4 p.m.


Monday Pass F

Register for Monday, May 20
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Land, Soil, and Access 

  • Theological Focus: Jesus Christ Invites All

  • Critique:  In today’s industrial agro-economy, more and more people are cut off from access to the good earth. 

  • Practice: We are called to follow the inclusive grace of Jesus Christ by ensuring that all have access to the means of life by supporting common land ownership, community gardens, land reform, etc.

  • Field Learning: Community Garden


Tuesday Pass F

Register for Tuesday, May 21
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Community of Creation

  • Theological Theme: The Holy Spirit Joins Everyone Together

  • Critique: Agro-industrial models of production fragment eco-systems and communities.

  • Practice: We are called to abide in the Spirit by participating in forms of food production that integrate the diverse members of ecosystems and food communities in healthful ways. 

  • Field Learning: Permaculture Design
Wednesday Pass F

Register for Wednesday, May 22
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Economics for the Earth  

  • Theological Theme: The Father/Mother Nourishes Every Body

  • Critique: Petroleum-based, monocrop agriculture is ravishing the land, polluting our waterways, and contributing to climate change.

  • Practice: We honor God by growing and consuming our food in ways that respect the limits and needs of the biosphere.

  • Field Learning: Sustainable Production
Thursday Pass F

Register for Thursday, May 23
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Cooperative Power

  • Theological Theme: The Triune God Arranges Guests as Companions

  • Critique: Modern agriculture is marked by the increasing consolidation of power and wealth among a few agro-business monopolies.

  • Practice: We are called to conform our lives to the triune God by rebuilding our local food economies and supporting worker owned and governed food cooperatives.

  • Field Learning: Worker-Owned Coop  
Friday Pass F

Register for Friday, May 24
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Feasting toward a Better World

  • Theological Theme: The Lord God Grants Permission to Begin

  • Critique: The present food system is marred by domination and the control of corporations over the foundations of life (e.g. Seeds, DNA).

  • Practice: Christians are called to celebrate God’s kingdom by participating in the emergence of an alternative food economy which serves rather than destroys life.

  • Field Learning: Seminary Garden

The Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

Rueben JobGarrett-Evangelical offers a number of continuing education opportunities for spiritual formation studies headed by the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Named in honor of our Distinguished Alum, Bishop Rueben P. Job, the Institute is pleased to partner with Hearts on Fire: United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders and A Covenant Community of Spiritual Directors in launching continuing education courses in spiritual formation/direction. 

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Endowed Chair in Spiritual Formation is a First Among Protestant Seminaries

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Philip Amerson

The establishment of the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation affirms Garrett-Evangelical’s deep and abiding commitment to nurture spiritual leaders. This faculty position will help ensure that the church has leaders who are not only intellectually prepared to serve God and others, but who are spiritually formed in Christ so God can use them to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

- President Philip A. Amerson

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has long been at the forefront of spiritual formation studies and we are just getting started. In January 2013, the Seminary fully-funded the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation ($2 million), a first among Protestant seminaries in the United States. The Rueben P. Job Endowed Chair in Spiritual Formation will uniquely position Garrett-Evangelical to further develop and enhance spiritual formation studies for generations to come.

Rigorous Academics Paired with Profound Spiritual Formation

Through rigourous academics paired with profound spiritual formation, Garrett-Evangelical is committed to spiritual formation studies at the masters, doctoral, and certification levels offering:

To learn more about any of these programs, go to or contact the Admissions Office and request information. 

Bold Leaders for the Church, the Academy and the World

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has prepared men and women for ministry for over 160 years. On the campus of Northwestern University, upon the shores of Lake Michigan and on the outskirts of Chicago, Garrett-Evangelical is a place to nuture mind, body, and spirit.

Garrett-Evangelical is a community that honors and embodies our mission to prepare skilled, bold and articulate leaders who share the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Come see for yourself the ways in which our commitments to critical and creative reasoning, spiritual formation and prophetic participation in society are lived out in community with one another and the world around us.

World Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Ministry and Spiritual Formation

Our faculty is one of Garrett-Evangelical's greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the church and academy. Among them Dr. Dwight Judy, Professor of Spiritual Formation, has served as parish pastor, academic administrator of two graduate programs, retreat leader, retreat center director, spiritual director, and faculty member. Judy has authored many articles and books including his new book, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013).  


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Perspectives on Theology and Church

Perspectives on Theology and Church is published by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The Garrett-Evangelical community of Christian scholars maintains a strong record of producing work relevant to the theology and practice of the church today. This page will continue to be updated with papers, essays, and event proceedings for dissemination to both the academy and the church.

Uniformity versus Independence: Reflections on Theology
No. 1 | November 2012

As United Methodism continues to extend beyond its North American borders in a self-declared effort to be a “worldwide” church, it confronts the challenge of expanding its intellectual horizons to match its global aspirations. On April 15-16, 2012, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary gathered a group of United Methodist scholars and church leaders to discuss this challenge. The participants framed the challenge by asking: For our witness to be credible, persuasive, and effective as a global church, do United Methodists need to cultivate a global theological imagination? If so, what should such an imagination look like? What questions and issues should be on the agenda of any United Methodist theological work that assumes this global responsibility? How would such a global theological vision impact the character, scope, and future of theology in and for The United Methodist Church? 

Keynote Address

Uniformity versus Independence: Reflections on Theology 
for a Global United Methodist Church (PDF)

By Robert Cummings Neville
Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at Boston University

To view Uniformity versus Independence as an online publication with the best reading experience, including fullscreen and zoom capabilities, click on cover below.


Recommendations and Reflections

A Response to Uniformity versus Independence by Consultant Participants
A Global United Methodist Church: Recommendations for Reflection

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Welcome to Academics


Welcome to the Academic Affairs website!  Our goal is to keep our curriculum relevant to the needs of the church, the academy, and the world.  We are proud of the ethnic, racial, gender, and international diversity of our faculty and student body.  We are committed to retaining this diversity and multicultural integration in our learning both in and out of the classroom.

Academic Affairs welcomes your interest and we encourage you to be in contact with our office as you choose a school for theological education and preparation for various forms of ministry. May God bless you in this most exciting journey into theological education!

Dr. Luis R. Rivera
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean


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Course Syllabi

Links to course syllabi can be found here.

Academic Calendars

3-year calendar 2013-2016

Academic Calendar 2013-2014

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Academic Catalog

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Student Forms

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United Methodist Programs

Garrett-Evangelical works in cooperation with United Methodist district committees of ministry and conference boards of ordained ministry to assist students as they clarify their call to ministry, engage in spiritual formation, and develop the understandings, skills, and practices for faithful church leadership.

  • Students seeking ordination as elder in The United Methodist Church usually enroll in the Master of Divinity program (though the Course of Study School may be an option; see below). Most students are full-time; however some of the program may be completed part-time.
  • Students seeking ordination as deacon in The United Methodist Church may enroll in the Master of Divinity program, one of the Master of Arts programs, or in the Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) program. Students may enroll in these programs full-time or, as in-ministry students, take intensive courses in January and summer terms.
  • Students seeking certification in Christian education, evangelism, music ministry, spiritual formation, children's ministry, or youth ministry may complete educational requirements either in a degree program or in January and summer terms.  More information about UM certification is available from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
  • Garrett-Evangelical also participates with the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in providing a Course of Study School for those seeking to serve in ministry as "local pastors." The Basic Course of Study Program is provided in English, Spanish, and Hmong.  Courses for those interested in Advanced Course of Study, leading to ordination as an elder, are also available.



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Alternatively, you may request a transcript by completing this form and mailing or faxing it to the registrar. Your signature is required. Requests cannot be taken over the phone. The first transcript is free; subsequent copies cost $5.00 each. In an emergency, a transcript may be faxed for an additional $3.00, in addition to the $5.00 mailed copy.

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AMBS and Garrett-Evangelical Partnership


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a new partnership with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana.  In June of 2011, the University Senate of The United Methodist Church endorsed this partnership.  This new initiative is designed to assist students at AMBS in meeting United Methodist ordination requirements through a concentration in United Methodist Studies and to provide students at Garrett-Evangelical the opportunity to obtain a concentration in Peace Studies.

Garrett-Evangelical will be providing regular and multiple opportunities to fulfill requirements for United Methodist ordination through a concentration in United Methodist Studies for Master of Divinity students at AMBS.  In return, AMBS will provide a set of courses for a concentration in Peace Studies.  Some of these courses will be made available online, some by intensive courses in January and the summer, and some during regular semester terms on the campuses in Evanston or Elkhart.  Another component of the partnership is that each school will also provide staff to advise students in fulfilling the expectations for these programs.

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The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.