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Garrett-Evangelical Welcomes over 90 Students for New Student Orientation

Orientation 2013 copyEVANSTON, Illinois, August 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome over 90 new students to campus during New Student Orientation, beginning with worship and community meal on Tuesday evening, August 26. This year’s orientation will provide a wealth of information for new students including an introduction to theological education led by members of the faculty. A number of activities have also been planned during the three-day orientation including a tour of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) and First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple located in Chicago’s Loop.

Key administrators and faculty have been planning this year’s orientation for months in anticipation of the new students’ arrival. “We are excited to welcome our new students to Garrett-Evangelical, the cities of Evanston and Chicago, the shores of Lake Michigan, and the campus of Northwestern University,” said Rev. Becky Eberhart, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. “These students will join a community that is over a century and a half old and includes thousands of alumni/ae that are engaged in ministry across the country and throughout the world.” 

In preparation for orientation, new students were asked to read Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011). Authored by acclaimed social psychologist Claude M. Steele, Whistling Vivaldi is a summary of Steele’s groundbreaking research on group identity and the ways in which stereotypes can undermine the performance of the people they target. It takes its unusual name from a story told to the author by Brent Staples, an African-American journalist who writes for The New York Times. Key faculty members will offer reflections, foster discussion, and draw from themes found within this book throughout orientation.

Using a variety of social media platforms, new students can express their excitement and interact with other incoming students about moving to Evanston and beginning their seminary education. Garrett-Evangelical (@garrettseminary) will use the Twitter hashtag #GETStarted14 for this year’s orientation. You can also stay connected with all that is happening regarding orientation at the Office of Admissions Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GarrettAdmissions) and all seminary events at the seminary’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/garrettseminary). Lastly, the seminary will be posting pictures of orientation on Instagram (www.instagram.com/garrettseminary).

Orientation for all new students is on August 27-29.  For additional information, including the schedule of events, go to, www.garrett.edu/going-to-garrett.

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Ph.D. Student, Michele Watkins-Branch Awarded Two Doctoral Fellowships

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 9.24.32 AMEVANSTON, Illinois, August 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Ph.D. student, Rev. Michele Watkins-Branch has been awarded both the Fellowship for Doctoral Students of African Descent from the Forum for Theological Education (FTE) and the Dempster Graduate Fellowship from the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Watkins-Branch is Ph.D. candidate in theology and ethics, and her current dissertation title is “Toward a Socialized Soteriology: Saving Black Souls and Black Bodies.”

“It was with God’s grace and the support of my adviser, Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr., and President Lallene J. Rector, that I have been blessed to receive the Dempster Fellowship and the Fellowship for Doctoral Students of African Descent,” said Watkins-Branch. “I am honored and humbled for the outpouring of support to finish my doctoral work.”

As an FTE Doctoral Fellow, Watkins-Branch will receive a living stipend of up to $20,000 to support her studies. She joins the first class of Fellows to receive a doctoral fellowship following the launch of FTE’s new doctoral initiatives in October 2013. FTE’s doctoral initiatives foster diversity in the academy by accelerating the successful completion of Ph.D. degrees among students of African, Latino/a, Asian and First Nations descent by providing them with financial support, a network of peers, a community of mentors and professional development opportunities.

“The quality of theological education in the 21st century will depend on the presence of theological educators who make a life of faith, church and the academy relevant to the increasingly diverse and complex world we live in,” said Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Matthew Wesley Williams. “FTE is proud to support these wise, faithful and courageous rising scholars.”

Named for the Rev. John Dempster, a pioneer in United Methodist theological education and the first president of Garrett Biblical Institute, the Dempster Graduate Fellowship seeks to increase the effectiveness of teaching in United Methodist schools of theology by assisting worthy Ph.D. students, like Watkins-Branch, who are committed to serving the church through theological education. Fellowships are based on the student’s academic achievement, their commitment to Christian ministry, and their promise as educators, and carry a value of up to $10,000 annually, with a maximum of $30,000 over a five-year period. The fellowships are funded by the Ministerial Education Fund through the Division of Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Watkins-Branch holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical, a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, and a Certification in Non-Profit Management from the Garrett-Evangelical and Kellogg School of Business joint program at Northwestern University. Watkins-Branch is a provisional elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church and is appointed to SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century) as a part of the Academy of Interns program.

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Rev. Dr. K. James Stein Honored for Unyielding Commitment to the Academy and the Church

Stein-EGD-WebEVANSTON, Illinois, August 2014 –Rev. Dr. K. James Stein, professor emeritus of church history and senior scholar in church history at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was honored with the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award for his five decades of service to the academy and the church. President Lallene Rector presented Stein with the award on July 31st at a special reception commemorating his final course at the Seminary.

Stein has a long and profound history with Garrett-Evangelical. He attended seminary at Evangelical Theological Seminary and began his teaching career there in 1960 as professor of church history. Stein would go on to serve as dean and president. When the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968, Stein was a key leader in planning and implementing the merger of Garrett Theological Seminary (Evanston, Illinois) and Evangelical Theological Seminary (Naperville, Illinois). When the two seminaries merged in 1974, Stein was the first dean of the newly formed institution, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he continued as professor of church history.

Though Stein officially retired June 30, 2006, he has continued to teach courses at Garrett-Evangelical, in particular for the Seminary’s Course of Study program. In 2006, Stein was presented with the Distinguished Alum Award at the Seminary’s 149th commencement. With more than 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Stein continues to be revered, admired, and endeared by colleagues and students.

President Rector exclaimed, “Dr. Stein has been a true treasure for both Evangelical Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. His administrative leadership during the merger of the schools, his academic leadership of the new Garrett-Evangelical, and his reformation expertise in teaching and scholarship all combined to make an exceptional contribution to the formation of spiritual leaders. We remain profoundly grateful for God's call upon his life and for the faithful dedication he has embodied in following it. He has blessed several generations!"

Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Stein earned his bachelor's degree at Westmar College in Iowa before attending seminary at Evangelical Theological Seminary. He earned a master of sacred theology degree and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. As a major scholar of pietism and Evangelical United Brethren history, Stein was given the 2008 Distinguished Service Award by the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church. He is the author of four books and numerous articles.

The Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award is presented in the name and spirit of Eliza Clark Garrett, who was the inspiration and chief benefactor/founder of Garrett Biblical Institute. Founded in 1853, the school has grown and evolved into Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The award is given to honor persons who, by their imaginative acts of communal restoration and healing, reflect God's mission and purposes for our world.

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Rev. Stephen Lewis to Deliver 2014 Convocation Address

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EVANSTON, Illinois, July 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome Rev. Stephen Lewis, president of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), as keynote speaker at the 2014 academic convocation on September 3, 2014. Titled “Start Boldly, Lead Differently,” Lewis will deliver his convocation address at 4:00 p.m. in the Seminary’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful and all are welcome to attend.

Lewis, an ordained Baptist minister, joined FTE in 2003 and has served as vice president of FTE programs and national director for its initiative equipping congregations and church-related organizations to identify future pastoral leaders. He also developed and directed an innovative leadership program for young pastors from diverse backgrounds. In 2011, Lewis was named president and has since led FTE’s new strategic direction and restructuring of its initiatives.

“We are so pleased to have Rev. Stephen Lewis as our convocation speaker,” said President Lallene Rector, “I look forward to the energy and insight he will bring to us at the start of the academic year. Our students will benefit greatly from his expertise in cultivating inspired young leaders for innovative ministry in today’s world.”

Before joining FTE, Lewis served as a training manager for the Institute for Church Administration & Management in Atlanta, where he focused on developing business and administrative capacities among clergy and lay leaders. Lewis has more than fifteen years of experience in corporate and nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, program development and group facilitation. He is currently a member of the Center for Courage & Renewal’s Board of Directors and served as a member of Duke Divinity School’s Board of Visitors during 2008-2013. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The Forum for Theological Exploration is committed to cultivating diverse young adults to be faithful, wise and courageous leaders for the church and the academy. FTE provides resources and a forum for young adults and students to explore their purpose and call to pastoral ministry and teaching. For more information, visit www.fteleaders.org.  

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Garrett-Evangelical Offers Continuing Education Opportunity Exploring the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church

EVANSTON, Illinois, July 2014 – Committed to deacon studies since the creation of the order in 1996, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to offer a new course this fall entitled, The United Methodist Deacon. Taught by Professor Emeritus of Christian Education, Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, this much anticipated course will explore the possibilities, origins, theology, and ministry of the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church. Presented conveniently as three individual weekend sessions, this course offers lay and ordained leadership an opportunity to grow in their understanding of this essential ministry to the church and our world.

 “Garrett-Evangelical has been important as a training place for deacons in the UMC since the new order was created in 1996,” said Dr. Crain. “Now the seminary leads again with a course that considers how the order of deacon challenges the ecclesiology and clarifies the mission of the UMC. Deacons are poised to focus and lead the church in its mission. At the same time, some district superintendents and bishops have not known how to unlock the possibilities of the deacon or how to support appointments of deacons. This course will explore the order of deacon and consider how to live into its missional promise.”

Dr. Crain is Professor Emeritus of Christian Education at Garrett-Evangelical and is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist Church in full connection with the Northern Illinois Conference. Crain’s contributions to the academy and the Church have made her one of the most well-known and well-respected scholar practitioners in her field. She has served as a board member of the Christian Educators Fellowship and editor of Christians in Education, and was co-writer for the UMC Commission for the Study of Ministry in the 2008-2012 quadrennium. Crain also has participated in ecumenical organizations such as The Ecumenical Network for the Diaconate (TEND), the Diaconal Organization of the Americas and Canada (DOTAC), and the DIAKONIA World Federation. Her most recent publication, The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice (Abingdon Press 2014), gives a clear understanding of the order of deacon, beginning with a discussion of how its unique call sets apart persons for ordained ministry.

Continuing education students can register for one, two or all three weekend sessions. One CEU is available per session. To learn more and to register, go to www.Garrett.edu/UMCDeacon.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Garrett-Evangelical Leading the Way in Online Education for United Methodist Students

60 83c2446a0896df0a1f4af01c940ae1d9 m copyEVANSTON, Illinois, July 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is among the first to offer all six United Methodist studies courses mandated by the Book of Discipline in an online format. Required for ordination or one of the ministry certifications in The United Methodist Church, these six courses explore topics critical to the contemporary church through a variety of perspectives and voices, and equip students for congregational leadership in the 21st century.

The courses are designed and taught by the Seminary’s core United Methodist faculty members, including senior faculty members in the fields of United Methodist studies, evangelism, liturgy, theology and mission, and church leadership. Through these online courses, students will receive individual attention, be stretched theologically, and exposed to new models of ministry. Combining the convenience of online education with rigorous academic engagement, these classes set the hallmark of United Methodist studies in an online format.

"Garrett-Evangelical is committed to supporting a full compliment of Wesleyan and Methodist scholars in the areas of history, doctrine, and polity, as well as evangelism, missiology, and worship,” said Dr. Barry Bryant, associate professor of United Methodist and Wesleyan studies at Garrett-Evangelical. “These courses are taught by core faculty members who are in constant interdisciplinary dialogue and mutual support. Students at Garrett-Evangelical benefit greatly from this approach. The end result is the creation of a vital Wesleyan/Methodist ethos available to students near and far, on campus and now in the digital world.”

Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, Garrett-Evangelical will offer United Methodist Doctrine, United Methodist History, and United Methodist Polity in the fall and spring semesters of each year. United Methodist Worship, Theology of Evangelism, and Introduction to Global Christianity will be offered once every other academic year.

Garrett-Evangelical continuously implements new and emerging technologies to reach out to as many people as possible and to prepare spiritual leaders in every stage of their lives and ministries. While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. 

To learn more about these courses and how to register, please go to www.Garrett.edu/UMOnline.

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church with an ecumenical outreach. Faithfully embracing the future, we are committed to preparing skilled, bold and articulate leaders for ministry in the 21st century. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Garrett-Evangelical Faculty and Students Lead United Methodist Church in National Christian Education Conference

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.03.25 AMEVANSTON, Illinois, July 2014 – Professors, doctoral students, and many graduates of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will present at this year’s annual conference for Christians Engaged in Faith Formation (CEF). Titled, May the Circle be Unbroken, the conference will be held on October 17-20, 2014 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

CEF is an association of United Methodists and persons from other denominations who have responsibility for Christian education and faith formation. Its purpose is “to develop leaders in faith formation to equip people of all ages to live as disciples of Jesus Christ." CEF provides its members with current information and trends in Christian education through its resources and publications, particularly the monthly Newsline. This year’s conference will invite participants to listen to our past, learn and love our present, and lead into the future of Christian faith formation.

Garrett-Evangelical presenters include:

  • Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, professor emeritus of Christian education, will offer a workshop titled, United Methodist Deacons: Leaders of Compassion and Justice. Dr. Crain will draw from her newest book, The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice (Abingdon Press 2014).
  • Dr. Virginia Lee, associate professor of Christian education and director of deacon studies, will offer a workshop titled, Windows and Mirrors: Curriculum for All.
  • Dr. Jack Seymour, professor of religious education, will be one of four keynote speakers for the conference and will offer a workshop inspired by his newest publication, Teaching the Way of Jesus (Abingdon Press 2014).
  • Four current Ph.D. students of Garrett-Evangelical are involved in leadership or offering workshops at the conference: Tanya Eustace, also director of children’s and intergenerational ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church; Annie Lockhart-Gilroy (Intergenerational Mentoring and Beyond Blue and Pink: Youth Ministry in Gender); Jonathan LeMasters-Smith (Progressive Theologies and Christian Education); and Daniel Smith (member of the conference Design Team).

Graduates of Garrett-Evangelical involved in the leadership and Design Team of CEF and the conference include: Carol Krau (G-ETS 1989), Kris Androsky (G-ETS 2004), Pamela Beedle-Gee (G-ETS 2003), Andrew Schleicher (G-ETS 2006), and Mary Alice Gran (G-ETS 1991). Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran (G-ETS 2004), associate professor of Christian education at Eden Seminary, is also one of the four keynote speakers. To learn more about the 2014 CEF conference and for registration, go to http://cefumc.site-ym.com/events.

Offering a Master of Arts in Christian Education and concentrations in Christian education, children’s and youth ministry, Garrett-Evangelical has been at the forefront in training Christian educators for ministry since its inception. A graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world. To learn more, go to www.garrett.edu.

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United Library Receives Historical Records Preservation Grant for Lucy Rider Meyer and Chicago Training School Digitization Project

 

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EVANSTON, Illinois, June 2014 – The United Library at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary was awarded a Historical Records Preservation Grant to financially assist in the preservation and digitization of the Lucy Rider Meyer and Chicago Training School archives. Issued by the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) and the Illinois State Archives, the United Library is one of the first theological institutions in Illinois to be selected for this grant.

The Chicago Training School’s founder and first principal, Lucy Rider Meyer, was a pioneering religious leader of social service and women’s education. Garrett-Evangelical has been the repository of the Chicago Training School records and the Meyer’s papers since the merger in 1934. By organizing and digitizing the entire collection, which is an important part of the history of Illinois, particularly Chicagoland and The United Methodist Church, the public will have easy, open access to these valuable documents.

Upon receiving the grant, Dr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung, library director and assistant professor of pastoral theology, said, “I am very excited that we have been selected as one of the grant awardees this year. It is very encouraging that the ISHRAB saw significant value in the CTS collection as part of Illinois’ history and endorsed our capability to complete the project. With this project funded by the ISHRAB grant and subsequent digitization projects, Garrett-Evangelical will continue to contribute to the wider community of scholars and religious leaders.” 

Founded in 1975, The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board is the state level of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The mission of the ISHRAB is to promote the identification, preservation, access to and use of historical records in Illinois by advocating and encouraging professional custodianship and cooperation in the recordkeeping community in order to ensure citizens’ access to records and the preservation of their cultural and historical heritage.

To learn more about Lucy Rider Meyer and the Chicago Training School, visit the seminary's history webpage.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Bernard Heerey Family Foundation Renews Grant for Third Year for Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Student Scholarships

EVANSTON, Illinois, May 2014 –Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is again the recipient of a grant given by the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation. The grant provides annual full-tuition and stipend to three students fulfilling their field education requirements as student chaplains in a hospital setting. While all M.Div. students are eligible for the scholarship, the foundation is committed to helping a diverse array of students.

Through this commitment by the Heerey Foundation, the seminary is able to further its mission of providing unique, hands-on experience for students in its field education program. In addition, Garrett-Evangelical is proud to join with the Heerey Foundation in accomplishing its goal of lifting up and promoting the importance of hospital chaplaincy as a calling. 

The seminary was pleased to award scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to Paul Ortiz, Anitta Milloro, and Jacquelyn Webb. All three recipients are second year M.Div. students, who are serving at Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois. All three students are very thankful to the Heerey Foundation for their support. Ortiz says, “As a recipient of a Bernard Heerey Family Foundation Scholarship, I am beyond grateful for the opportunities it grants me to continue growing as a person and minister. This scholarship makes it possible for me to remain at Garrett-Evangelical as it help supports my family and myself. I trust that my time serving as a Heerey Chaplin will be a formative experience, and I pray that my service will be a blessing to others.” 

All at Garrett-Evangelical are immensely grateful for the generosity of the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation for its support of the seminary’s field education program and the important calling of hospital chaplaincy.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Garrett-Evangelical Alums Show Unrivaled Support for their Alma Mater

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EVANSTON, Ill., June 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical alums have once again shown unrivaled support for their seminary. More than 300 seminaries are invited to report their fundraising statistics to the Council for Aid to Education each year, and this past fiscal year (July 2012 – June 2013), Garrett-Evangelical was ranked first in alum participation. More than 37% of the alum family made a gift to the Seminary!

Kay Burlingham, director of alum relations and the annual fund, was thrilled to learn that the Seminary ranked first in alum participation. “Our graduates validate the Seminary’s mission to educate religious leaders for the 21st century with each gift they make. Their enthusiastic response demonstrates their commitment to our current students, the Church, and the world. We are indeed grateful to the alum family for their tremendous support.”

The 4,500 living alums serve church and society around the world. Dozens of denominations are represented, as well as institutions of higher learning and non-profit organizations. Our alums as old as 100 and as young as 24 serve as bold leaders in their contexts.

Our alums give back to the Seminary for various reasons. In a recent conversation with Scott Carnes (G-ETS, 2010) and Carrie Berry Carnes (G-ETS, 2012), they stated, “We give to the Seminary because the financial gifts of alums made a difference for us when we were in school, and we want to be a part of making a difference for current students. Financially, we couldn’t have completed seminary without the support of alums. That’s why we wanted to start helping students right away, even if it was just little by little. The strong ties to Garrett-Evangelical for all alums is more than just financial support: alums encourage and mentor so many new graduates as they start their vocation in ministry. We are excited to be able to be part of such a great, supportive network.”

Garrett-Evangelical has been at the forefront of Christian theological thought, evangelical outreach, and social action for more than 160 years. This can only happen because of the vast and dedicated support of alums and friends of the Seminary who support our mission. July begins a new fiscal year at Garrett-Evangelical and your support is needed. To make your gift today, go to www.garrett.edu/giving.

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the Seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees.

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Dr. Mark Lewis Taylor named Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Theology for Fall 2014

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EVANSTON, Illinois, June 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome prominent theologian and scholar Dr. Mark Lewis Taylor during the fall 2014 semester as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Theology. Taylor has written extensively on religion, culture, and politics and holds the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

Since the beginning of her presidency at Garrett-Evangelical, Dr. Lallene Rector and key faculty members have been exploring what it means to be a public theologian in the twenty-first century and how we might better prepare our graduates to be public theologians. With curriculum review underway, Taylor’s presence on campus will inform this conversation and help to solidify the seminary’s commitment to educating religious leaders both for the Church and the World.

“The seminary is excited to have Dr. Taylor join our community this fall,” said President Rector.  “Dr. Taylor’s carefully-considered viewpoint will enliven the public theology conversations taking place on campus. It is my hope that we can better equip our students to bring critical-thinking and ethical values to the public square for the wellbeing of all.”

Taylor earned his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. A member of the Presbyterian Church, he frequently teaches and lectures in churches and supports church communities in their efforts to organize for justice and peace. His regular teaching duties focus on the theologies of Paul Tillich and Gustavo Gutierrez, with courses that address theological perspectives on white racism as theological challenge, feminist and womanist theologies, empire and capital in theological perspective, and cultural-political hermeneutics. Dr. Taylor’s publications include numerous articles and books: The Theological and the Political: On the Weight of the World (Fortress Press, 2011) and Religion, Politics, and the Christian Right: Post 9/11 Politics and the American Empire

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Former Trustee, Rev. Jeanne Audrey Powers, Honored for Lifetime of Exceptional Service

 

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Friday, May 30th, the Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church honored former Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary trustee, Rev. Jeanne Audrey Powers, for her extraordinary service to the people and churches of the Minnesota Annual Conference.  Powers was one of the first women to be ordained in The United Methodist Church in 1958.

Upon presenting Powers with a plaque recognizing her as an exceptional advocate for ecumenism and inclusiveness in the life of the church, Rev. Bruce Robbins described her as “intense, strategic, articulate, generous, demanding, a lover of the church and Jesus, loyal, a mentor, a benefactor, a friend, and a trailblazer.” The award specifically recognized her visionary leadership and service to the Minnesota Annual Conference. The plaque presented to her read, “In recognition of your many years of visionary leadership and service to the Minnesota Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church, and the people of God everywhere.”

Among the numerous achievements during her ministry, Powers helped to establish the Committee on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) in 1972. To this day, COSROW continues to serve as an important tool for the empowerment of women in the UMC. In addition, she helped create the Jeanne Audrey Powers Leadership for Change Scholarship given to seminary students annually who are committed to promoting justice for gay and lesbian persons in the life of the UMC.

The Minnesota Annual Conference has annually presented an award in Powers’ name, the Jeanne Audrey Powers Award for Ecumenism, to recognize individuals, congregations, and groups who have exemplified the spirit of ecumenism on an individual, local, state, national or international level. They were pleased to honor Powers herself at this year’s annual conference.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Garrett-Evangelical Awarded Grant for Latino/a and Hispanic Youth to Explore their Calling

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EVANSTON, Illinois, May 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that the seminary has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of The United Methodist Church for the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI). This initiative specifically focuses on programming geared toward increasing the number of young clergy in The United Methodist Church. Garrett-Evangelical was one of twenty-nine organizations to be given a monetary grant from the GBHEM for this initiative and one of two United Methodist theological schools.

Garrett-Evangelical will create a comprehensive program encouraging and supporting Latino/a, Hispanic and other youth in discerning their call to Christian ministry. “Hearing the Call, Supporting the Journey” will identify and invite young people to explore Christian ministry as a vocational call and offer support in their spiritual and vocational journey. Garrett-Evangelical will be partnering with: Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano Americana (MARCHA), St. Augustine College, the Pembroke Institute of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation, local pastors and University Christian Ministry student-leaders.

“We are thrilled and honored to receive this grant from GBHEM for our program ‘Hearing the Call, Supporting the Journey,’” said Rev. Dr. Jim Noseworthy, Vice President for Administration and External Programming. “At Garrett-Evangelical, we realize that theological education and vocational discernment begin well before a student walks through the door of the seminary. We want to be on the front line to encourage, cultivate, and support future leaders in The United Methodist Church in discerning their call to vocational ministry and giving young people opportunities to create relationships with local organizations who can also support their spiritual formation.”

The Young Clergy Initiative was created at the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church in response to projections that by 2032 the denomination will face a shortage of trained ordained elders for appointment to local congregations. The YCI earmarks $7 million for increasing the number of young clergy among the jurisdictional conferences to be administered by GBHEM. The YCI encourages opportunities that leverage denominational change on systemic and cultural levels through conversation, events, experiments, resources, research, and training. To learn more about the Young Clergy Initiative, go to http://www.explorecalling.org/yci/.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Adjunct Faculty Rev. Alfred T. Day Named General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History


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EVANSTON, Illinois, May 2014 –Rev. Alfred T. Day, an adjunct faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, has been named General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) of The United Methodist Church. Day currently serves as the pastor at Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an adjunct professor in United Methodist studies at Garrett-Evangelical. Day’s new position will take him to the United Methodist Archives and History Center at Drew University, located in Madison, New Jersey.

As General Secretary, Day will oversee the care and promotion of the historical interests of The United Methodist Church nationally and internationally. The GCAH is the official archival repository for The United Methodist Church. The archive collection includes records from the various denominational agencies within the United Methodist tradition and personal papers of several bishops, denominational leaders, and missionaries from the 19th and 20th centuries.

“We congratulate Rev. Day on his new and noteworthy appointment,” said President Lallene Rector.  “He continually demonstrates deep dedication to the Church and the Academy. We, at Garrett-Evangelical, have witnessed this firsthand through his teaching of our travel course United Methodist Studies: Wesley in the 19th Century and his willingness to host our students at Historic St. George’s UMC. We eagerly anticipate his leadership contributions to the Church.”

Since 2005, Day has served as the pastor of Historic St. George's UMC, the oldest United Methodist Church in the United States still currently in use. The congregation was founded in 1767 and was the ordaining congregation of important Methodist figures Absalom Jones and Richard Allen, who founded the AME Church. Reflecting upon his decision to leave Historic St. George’s UMC, Day stated, “My decision is bittersweet. I marvel at the awesome, unique opportunity this new work affords yet lament the necessity to leave the most enjoyable, rewarding, and stimulating ministry in all my years of service. The vision and ministry we've done together along with all the relationships formed in doing so have been the most rewarding of my career.”

An ordained elder in the Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church, Day has held appointments across the state and served as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional conferences. Day received his master of divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts with additional graduate studies at Temple University School of Radio, Television and Film and Drew University, in Liturgical Studies.

To learn more about the General Commission on Archives and History, go to www.GCAH.org.

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Garrett-Evangelical Names 2014 Distinguished Alumni

EVANSTON, Illinois, May 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is honored to recognize Dr. Rita Lester and Dr. M. Franklin Dotts as the 2014 Distinguished Alumni. Each year, the seminary chooses two alumni to be honored as Distinguished Alumni at our Commencement exercises. One alumnus is chosen from the most recent 25 years of graduates and one alumnus is chosen from all those alumni who graduated over 25 years ago.

Our more recent Distinguished Alum, Dr. Rita Lester, teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University where she serves as professor of religion, the faculty president, and a member of the board of governors. In 2010, she was one of 12 professors in the nation selected to attend the “Teaching About Islam and Middle Eastern Culture” seminar in Jordan.  That same year she won NWU’s 2010-2011 Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award.  In 2012, Lester was named the Nebraska Professor of the Year and was honored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She was selected from nearly 300 top professors in the country.

The second Distinguished Alumus of Garrett-Evangelical is Dr. M. Franklin Dotts. After teaching high school English in Pittsburgh for six years, M. Franklin Dotts received a call from God to move from public education to Christian education. In 1969, he received a doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree in religious education with a specialty in curriculum planning from Teachers College, Columbia University, through its joint program with Union Theological Seminary in New York City. While pursuing his doctoral degree, Dotts began his long tenure at the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) and the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) of The United Methodist Church.  He started there as an editor of church school curriculum resources for young children and early elementary children in the Department of Children’s Publications. From 1986 until his retirement in 1990, Dotts served as Executive Editor of Children’s Publications, with responsibility for all church school resources for children from birth through Grade 6.  Throughout his time as editor on the national staff, Dotts was widely known for his encouragement and leadership.

At Garrett-Evangelical, our focus is on educating our students to become bold, servant leaders who serve the church, academy, and the world,” says President Lallene Rector. “Dr. Lester and Dr. Dotts are the living embodiment of our goal for students after graduation. Not only is Dr. Lester serving her students well at Nebraska Wesleyan University, she has been recognized as one of the finest educators in the country. In a similar way, Dr. Dotts has faithfully served The United Methodist Church in arguably one of the most critical areas of our denomination. I couldn’t be more proud to recognize them as our 2014 Distinguished Alumni and hold them up as examples for our current students to aspire towards.”

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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