Joy Lectures WB

The Joy of Leadership Lecture Series

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Stead Center for Ethics and Values are sponsoring a series of lectures throughout the upcoming academic year on the theme of "joy." By “joy” we do not have in mind either a superficial cheerfulness or ecstatic bliss. Rather, it is more akin to a sense of peace and satisfaction that comes when one has done something that promotes the good of others; the good of neighbors; the good of the community. Our "Joy of Leadership" speakers are leaders in their respective fields who embody, and in some cases conduct research, this deeper understanding of joy. 

September 16, 2013 | Dr. Gilbert Meilaender | "The Joy of Virtue"
October 16, 2013 | Dr. Matt Bloom | "Happiness and Leadership"
October 23, 2013 | Panel | "The Joy of Congregational Life"
October 23, 2013 | Panel | "The Joy of Educating for the Common Good"
December 4, 2013 | Dr. Philip Amerson | "The Joy of Endings"

September 16

MeilaenderDr. Gilbert Meilaender, Professor of Theology, Valparaiso University | "The Joy of Virtue"

Dr. Gilbert Meilaender is the Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University where he teaches courses on Christian Tradition, Christian Theology and the Moral Life, Topics in Religious Ethics, and Bioethics. Meilaender's published work generally falls into the area of religious ethics but he also has a special interest in bioethics. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and has been a member of the President's Council on Bioethics since its inception in January, 2002. Meilaender is the author of NEITHER BEAST NOR GOD: The Dignity of the Human Person (Encounter Books, 2009); The Way That Leads There: Augustinian Reflections on the Christian Life (Eerdmans, 2006); and The Freedom of a Christian: Grace, Vocations, and the Meaning of Our Humanity (Brazos Press, 2006). Together with William Weprehoswski, Meilaender edited The Oxford Handbooks of Theological Ethics, (Oxford, 2005).

Meilaender has served on the Editorial Board and as Associate Editor of both the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Associate Editor for Religious Studies Review, on the Editoral Board of the Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of First Things. Meilaender has a B.A. from Concordia Senior College, M.Div. from Concordia Seminary (St. Louis), and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

October 16

mattDr. Matt Bloom, Associate Management Professor, Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame University | TBD

Associate Management Professor Matt Bloom conducts research in the area of the improvement of the human condition at work, with a focus on intrinsic motivation, happiness and meaning, and innovation. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Baker University, an M.A. in Organizational and Personnel Psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He teaches undergraduate, graduate, and executive courses in innovation and workforce related topics. Matt researches well-being at work and is interested in what makes work a meaningful, positive life-enriching experience that fosters the highest levels of human exellence.

Recent teaching awards include the 2010 Joyce Award for Undergraduate Teaching Award, the 2011 Master of Nonprofit Administration Outstanding Teaching Award, and the 2011 MBA Outstanding Teaching Award. Bloom serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. He also is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous research journals. 

October 23

On October 23rd and 24th, Garrett-Evangelical will be hosting an event in honor of Garrett-Evangelical President Philip Amerson's years of service and upcoming retirement. This event will include two panel conversations on "The Joy of Congregational Life" and "The Joy of Educating for the Common Good." While the panels are free to attend, we are asking individuals to please register at

The Joy of Congregational Life

lauriehaller Rev. Laurie Haller
First UMC, Birmingham, MI
Rev. Carly Kuntz
First UMC, Madison, WI

Rev. Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart III
Hope UMC, Southfield, MI

  Dick Wisdom 7087316 n Rev. Richard Wisdom
Northern Illinois Conference
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The Joy of Educating for the Common Good

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Dr. Luis Rivera-Rodriguez 
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Rev. Tom Porter
JustPeace Center
Dr. Shanta Premawardhana
Seminary Consortium for
Urban Pastoral Education
Dr. Sara Wenger Shenk
Anabaptist Mennonite
Biblical Seminary

December 4

Phil AmersonDr. Philip Amerson, President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary | "The Joy of Endings"

The Rev. Dr. Philip A. Amerson became president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, in June 2006. He also holds the title of professor of the sociology of religion.  Dr. Amerson received a doctor of philosophy degree from Emory University in 1976, a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1971 and a bachelor of arts degree from Asbury College in 1967. 

Prior to arriving at Garrett-Evangelical, he served as president of the Claremont School of Theology for six years.  Dr. Amerson has taught at several colleges and graduate schools. As an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church, he has also served as pastor for 21 years, including appointments at three congregations in the South Indiana (now Indiana) Conference. 

His work in the United Methodist Church includes: founding member of Patchwork Ministries in Evansville, Indiana;  vice president of the University Senate; chairperson of the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools; member of the Commission on Theological Education; member of the Bishop’s Task Force on Theological Education and of the Ministry Study Commission;  presenter at the 10th and 11th Oxford Institutes of Methodist Theological Studies and co-convener of the “Practical Theology” session at the 2002 event; and delegate to United Methodist General Conferences in 1992, 1996, 2000 (South Indiana Conference) and 2004 (California-Pacific Conference).

He is the author of numerous books, articles and papers, including Tell Me City Stories: A Journey for Urban Congregations and his most recent publication, “The Vocation of Peacebuilding,” with John W. Woell in Choosing Peace Through Daily Practices.

A cradle Methodist and Indiana native, he is married to Elaine, formerly the director of leadership for The United Methodist Church’s California-Pacific Annual Conference. The Amerson family includes a son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Erin; a daughter and son-in-law, Lydia and Tom Murray; and three grandchildren.

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