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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 0.5 (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 $50 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 0.5 (half) CEU.

Next Steps

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

Prefer to register by phone or email? Have additional questions? Contact the Registrar's Office at 847.866.3907 or

Creative Destruction, the Market State, and the Holy Spirit

Dr. Brent Waters, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics
Recorded March 4, 2015

The anxieties and uncertainties stemming from dynamic global markets cannot be remove, at least for the foreseeable future. Globalization is a packaged deal. Enjoying its benefits requires enduring its anxiety, for they are inescapably intertwined and the creativity generated by global markets is predicated upon its destructive capability. This lecture examined some of the principle political and ethical issues posed by globalization, while exploring how the Holy Spirit might also be at work in this process.



Evangelism: The Queen of Theological Education

Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism
Recorded February 4, 2015

Evangelism requires people to enter into the presence of God, learn to articulate their faith, and share their faith publically. These activities are also at the heart of theological education. Based on this, theological education can only be effective if those who participate in it as learners and teachers are guided by evangelism.



From Sabbath Schools to Freedom Schools, Public Theology and the Power of Violence

Dr. Reginald Blount, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth and Culture
Recorded November 5, 2014



The Social Dimensions of the Johanine “I ams” and Their Significance for the Church and the Academy

Dr. Osvaldo Vena, Professor of New Testament Interpretation
Recorded April 2, 2014

In this sabbatical lecture, Dr. Osvaldo Vena explores the implications of the “I am” statements in the Gospel of John using contextual and historical criticism. What emerges is a dynamic and evocative thesis with exciting implications for 21st Century interpretations.



A Day in the Ancient Mediterranean

Dr. Charles Cosgrove, Professor of Early Christian Literature
Recorded March 19, 2014

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Charles Cosgrove, Professor of Early Christian Literature, as part of a sabbatical project, wrote a novella which follows a fictional family living in Rome in 60CE. The novel follows the characters through a typical day in their lives and as it does so, illuminates the commonplace realities that informed their entire life experiences. Understanding cultural context is foundational to the study of Christian History, Scripture and Theology. In this innovative exploration Dr. Cosgrove makes more vivid, concrete and memorable, those essential elements of early Christian life which can sometimes be overlooked or under-valued in traditional settings.

This lecture, presented as a capstone to his sabbatical, gives an overview of some of the elements lifted up in his novella, explores his choices for inclusion and exclusion and features the charming and lively style which has made Dr. Cosgrove a favorite of Garrett-Evangelical students.


Ecological Ministry as Spiritual Healing in the African American Beloved Community

Rev. Dr. Ventra Asana, Michigan Interfaith Power & Light
Recorded February 21, 2017

In African American communities beset by blight, the practice of an engaged ecological ministry to create green spaces performs as the site of spiritual healing.  Green space can serve as the conduit for access to the divine in mystical ways that move beyond mere consciousness. Within this liminal space provision is available for spiritual reflection to usher in the agency of a “green aesthetic” to revitalize the broken ravaged landscape and persons residing within it to ecological and spiritual wholeness. The lecture will be followed by a guided eco-meditation utilizing the labyrinth.