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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. 

The Intersection program incorporates lectures by and reflection with the distinguished faculty and guests of Garrett-Evangelical. Over the course of the academic year, faculty members present 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 other lectures related to special topics and current events. The lectures are recorded and made available on the seminary's website and YouTube channel.

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 recorded presentation online
  2. Complete an assigned reading
  3. Write a reflective paper, which will be reviewed by a Garrett-Evangelical faculty member

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 registrar@garrett.edu.

One Spirit, Many Tongues: Intercultural Theology and the Challenge of Theology in a Global Church

Dr. Hendrik Pieterse, Associate Professor of Global Christianity and World Religions
Recorded April 18, 2017

Spectacular demographic growth during the twentieth century has catapulted Christianity into a truly global religious movement—present on every continent and lived, spoken, sung, and thought in a dizzying array of languages, contexts, and cultural forms. Not surprisingly, longstanding themes central to Christian identity—gospel and culture, unity in diversity, tradition and innovation, Christian truth and religious pluralism—are confronting questions heretofore dominant, Western-based theological perspectives, methods, and media seem increasingly inadequate to adjudicate. In response, a growing number of scholars are opting for an emerging approach to theology called “intercultural theology,” suggesting it is best able to meet the theological challenges facing a globalizing Christian body. In this lecture, we examine this upstart discipline and evaluate its possibilities and limits as a form of theologizing uniquely fit for a global church.

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What About Females? The Continuing Challenges of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Professor of Old Testament
Recorded March 21, 2017

Although major medical advances have been made in the treatment of HIV, thousands of new infections still occur each month. Recent statistics show a disturbing trend of increased infections of females, especially females of African descent. For her sabbatical lecture and in honor of Women’s History Month, Prof. Anderson will discuss the social and economic dynamics behind those statistics. Based on her experiences in South Africa and Brazil, as well as the United States, she will explain why those dynamics present continuing challenges to the Church and its traditional response to the pandemic.

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Common Worship: Tradition, Formation, Mission

Dr. E. Byron Anderson, Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Worship
Recorded February 14, 2017

Dare we think about “common worship” in a social context that more readily identifies polarization rather than commonality? For many in our churches, the answer is a straightforward “No.” Our age of specialization, niche marketing, and individual interest prevents any other answer. There is little room here for common interest, common life, common belief, much less for common worship. So why risk moving against these strong social forces? Why waste time and energy seeking what our culture says is no longer possible? Because a common faith requires it; because the persistent prayer of Christ was and is that we be one (John 17.11); because a broken church cannot repair a broken world.

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Lamenting Macrina: Dynamics of Grief and Gender in the Ancient Church

Dr. Charles Cosgrove, Professor of Early Christian Literature
Recorded February 7, 2017

When Macrina the Younger died in 379 CE, her brother, Gregory of Nyssa, wrote a short biography of her, including a description of her death and the mourning rites performed for her. Macrina had been the founder and head of a monastery at Anissa in northern Cappadocia, and among the ascetics of this retreat were women whom Macrina had rescued from a famine when they were children. When Macrina died, these women performed a traditional sung lament for her, which Gregory describes. He also tells how he instructed them to stop lamenting and to sing psalms instead. Gregory’s account gives us a rare glimpse into women’s lament. It is also a rich source of information about an opposition between lamenting and psalmody in the ideology of the church fathers, who saw grief as a passion to be resisted and overcome.

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Thou Shalt Own Thy Own Business: The Ethics, Theologies, and Practices Between Black Business, Christian Capitalism, and Black Congregations

Dr. Angela Cowser, Assistant Professor of the Sociology of Religion
Recorded November 29, 2016

In the United States small businesses account for almost 80% of all new jobs and they are responsible for 67% of all new innovations. Black-owned firms tend to hire other African Americans. If we want to revitalize Black communities it will happen in part through the work of Black entrepreneurs. In this lecture, we examine the ethical, theological, and practical linkages in the work lives of five Evanston-based African American entrepreneurs. The research questions are:

  • What role, if any, has the Black Church played in your entrepreneurial success?
  • How do your business values and your Christian values agree or diverge?
  • How do you resolve those tensions?
  • What can Black churches do to encourage/support Black entrepreneurship?

We find that Black congregations (and Black families) have played a significant role in the ethical and theological formations of the entrepreneurs. Often, the entrepreneurs use their businesses to further the moral and ethical formations of customers and employees, and their faith in God, Christian perseverance, and democratic decency combine to create remarkable persons who lead in business, church, and community. We also find that Black churches first develop their own entrepreneurial businesses, which may or may not include support of the individual entrepreneurs in the congregation.

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Evangelism and Radicalization

Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism
Recorded February 2, 2016

On October 19, 2015, the British Government issued a report that recommended mosques be closed by the state to avoid them becoming dissemination points of radicalizing messages. This was done in the name of keeping Britain’s “multi-racial, multi-faith democracy” safe. In a day when major nation states propose regulating the religious messages their citizens are exposed to in the name of public safety, it becomes essential to demarcate the differences between evangelism and radicalization.

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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.

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