Garrett-Evangelical News

Garrett-Evangelical to Offer Courses Spring 2012 in Three UM Churches

EVANSTON, Ill., December 2011 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will offer two dynamic courses held in three convenient locations in the Spring of 2012.  The Oikos of God will be taught at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois, beginning January 31st, and The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin beginning February 3rd.  Starting January 30th, Dante: The Divine Comedy will be held at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple in the Chicago Loop.

The seminary’s strategic plan, recently approved by Garrett-Evangelical’s Board of Trustees, calls for further development of continuing education in 2012 and 2013.  "Garrett-Evangelical is committed to partnering with local congregations throughout the region to further educational opportunities for clergy and laity.  This is part of our mission," said Dr. Jim Noseworthy, vice president for administration and director of external programs. “These two courses reaffirm the institution’s commitment to lifelong learning and the local church.”

Oikos_Class_Banner_-_EmailThe Oikos of God
brings together people from all walks of life to consider the ecological and economic crises facing our world and to construct charitable, just, and sustainable solutions.  One of our most popular courses, The Oikos of God returns this year under the leadership of Rev. Timothy Eberhart.  An ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference, Rev. Eberhart is currently completing his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in Theological Studies and Ethics.  He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College and his M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Dante_-_HomepageDante: The Divine Comedy
is open to anyone who would like to read this fourteenth-century classic in community and discuss the theological questions it raises.  Participants will explore Dante’s conception of the rings of Hell and the journey’s end in Paradise.  Rev. Dr. John Dally anticipates an enriching and entertaining experience: “If you only got as far as the first circles of Hell in your college humanities survey, it’s time to continue the journey.”  Dr. Dally is an ordained Episcopal priest.  He received his Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from the University of Chicago and is currently visiting associate professor of preaching and missional leadership at Garrett-Evangelical.

Both courses are available for academic credit or enrichment.  For more information on either course contact the Office of External Programs at 847.866.4547 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, 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 offers degrees for the master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry.  Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Bishop Linda Lee to Serve as Bishop-in-Residence

Bishop_Lee_closeuphead_apr2010EVANSTON, Illinois, December 2011 – Linda Lee, United Methodist Bishop of the Wisconsin Conference, will join Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as Bishop-in-Residence starting March 2013.  Lee is retiring from the episcopacy in September 2012.

As Bishop-in-Residence, Lee will be working in the areas of spirituality, spiritual formation, and United Methodist studies and polity.  She will lecture, mentor, and advise students seeking guidance in spiritual practices and in United Methodist policies and procedures.  Lee will also serve as an affiliate member of the church relations and vocational formation committee of the Board of Trustees.

When asked about the opportunity to serve the Garrett-Evangelical community, Lee said, “I feel God's call to accept the invitation to serve as Bishop-in-Residence at Garrett-Evangelical. I am excited about the possibilities as we continue to work together in mission and ministry for the transformation of the world across the Church. My hope is to help in this transformation by participating in equipping those entering pastoral ministry, and developing those continuing in ministries of the Church in Wesleyan and spiritual grounding relevant to the 21st century.”

Upon confirmation that Lee was accepting the invitation to serve as Bishop-in-Residence, President Philip Amerson said, "We are delighted to have someone with Bishop Lee's experience and spiritual depth joining the Garrett-Evangelical seminary community.  I can only begin to imagine the ways she will help us pray better, serve more joyfully and give witness with fresh sensitivity to the movement of the Spirit."

Lee made history in 2000 when she was the first African American woman to be elected bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction. Lee was elected on July 14, 2000, in Middleton, Wisconsin, and was assigned to her home area of Michigan, an unusual action that had not occurred for 40 years and required special action of the jurisdictional conference.  After one quadrennium of service in Michigan, Lee was assigned to the Wisconsin Area in 2004.

A graduate of United Theological Seminary (M. Div. and D. Min.), Lee began her ministerial career as a chaplain intern at Adrian College prior to her graduation from seminary. She was appointed to serve Residence Park United Methodist Church in Dayton, Ohio, and then served as assistant to the dean for educational administration at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She also served as an associate pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit and as pastor of Conant Avenue United Methodist Church of Detroit. Lee was appointed to serve as the District Superintendent for the Detroit East District in 1995, where she served prior to being elected to the episcopacy.

Lee served as chair of the Black Clergywomen of the United Methodist Church (1996-98) and has been a member of a number of annual conference committees, including the Board of Ordained Ministry. She has served as a speaker for numerous schools, retreats and conferences and is a two-time delegate to General Conference. She is a contributing writer in several publications and has served as an adjunct professor of spirituality at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.

Lee is married to Lamarr V. Gibson, and they have three children: Garvey, a registered nurse; Amon, an educator; and Afi, a United Methodist pastor; and twelve grandchildren.

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 400 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. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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