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The Inaugural Crain and Seymour Endowed Lecture in Christian Education and Deacon Studies

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 11:10 a.m. (CDT), Via Zoom

We are proud to welcome Rev. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore for the inaugural address. An ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, Moore serves as Professor of Theology and Education, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology, and Dean Emerita of the School of Theology at Boston University. The inaugural address, titled "Remembering and Re-Imagining," will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 11:10 a.m. (CDT), and available for all via Zoom.

 

Rev. Dr. Mary Elizabeth MooreAbout Rev. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore

Professor of Theology and Education, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology, and Dean Emerita of the School of Theology at Boston University

Mary Elizabeth Moore is Professor of Theology and Education and Dean Emerita of the School of Theology, Boston University. Her passion is to journey with others to cultivate deeper faith, compassionate humanity, and a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. She feels privileged to work toward those ends with colleagues in Boston University and around the world, especially in the practices of knowing the Holy, building justice, resisting violence, and caring for the earth.

Her books include: Teaching as a Sacramental Act; Ministering with the Earth; Covenant and Call; Teaching from the Heart; and The United Methodist Diaconate (co-authored); plus three edited volumes, Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World; Practical Theology and Hermeneutics; and A Living Tradition: Critical Recovery of the Wesleyan Heritage. She has engaged in interreligious relationship-building in local, professional, and academic settings and is presently working on a project to develop interreligious approaches to practical theology.

 

About the Crain and Seymour Endowed Lecture in Christian Education and Deacon Studies

In honor of Margaret Ann Crain and Jack L. Seymour’s years in ministry and as members of the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, friends and colleagues established the Crain and Seymour Endowed Lecture in Christian Education and Deacon Studies. This endowed lecture series will provide an on-going opportunity for seminarians, alums, and friends of the seminary to engage with leaders in Christian education and United Methodist deacons serving the church and our society around the globe.

ABOUT REV. DR. MARGARET ANN CRAIN

Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann CrainRev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in 1986 and ordained as a deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1997. Crain served churches in Missouri and North Georgia for 20 years before joining the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1998 where she worked tirelessly to make Garrett a center for training and supporting Deacons within the UMC.

During her tenure as Director of Deacon Studies, she sponsored several Deacon Dialogue events. “United Methodist deacons need to speak clearly to the church about who we are and what God has called us to do. The Deacon Dialogue event will provide an opportunity to meet together, hear from some of our most articulate deacons, and share in the efforts to clarify, for The United Methodist Church, the unique contribution of deacons to the mission of Jesus Christ.” she said. The Dialogues were important in shaping the fledgling order. In addition, she helped to establish The Ecumenical Network for the Diaconate.

She is co-author of A Deacon’s Heart: The New United Methodist Diaconate (2001) and author of The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion and Justice (2014). She has just completed a book that narrates the history of The United Methodist Church’s shift to ordaining deacons in 1996, tracing both the political realities and the theological foundation for that re-ordering of ministry. Advancing the Mission: The Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church will be released by Foundery Books in early summer.

ABOUT REV. DR. JACK L. SEYMOUR

Rev. Dr. Jack L. SeymourRev. Dr. Jack L. Seymour is Professor Emeritus of Religious Education at Garrett-Evangelical and an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. A renowned Christian educator, Seymour has published over 90 articles and is the author and coauthor of 11 books. The Religious Education Association (and its predecessor, APRRE, the Association of Professors, Practitioners and Researchers in Religious Education) and its journal, Religious Education benefitted greatly from his leadership, including more than a decade as editor of the journal.

Schedule of Events | April 13, 17, and 24, 2021 | Via Zoom

Inaugural Margaret Ann Crain and Jack L. Seymour Endowed Lecture in Christian Education and Deacon Studies
Featuring Rev. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, Boston University, School of Theology
Tuesday, April 13, 2021  |  11:10 a.m. (CDT)

Already but Not Yet: How Inspiration, Persistence, Genius, and Intrigue Set Us on the Road to a Full and Equal Order!
A presentation featuring Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, Garrett-Evangelical Theologcial Seminary
Tuesday, April 13, 2021  |  4:00 p.m. (CDT)

A Service of Worship
Featuring deacons from across The United Methodist Church connection
Saturday, April 17, 2021  |  11:00 a.m (CDT)
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SOCIAL JUSTICE: Deacons in Ministry
A panel discussion featuring Rev. Doris Dalton, Rev. Hank Jenkins, and Rev. Paul Perez and moderated by Rev. Martina Efodzi
Saturday, April 24, 2021  |  11:00 a.m. (CDT)
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Celebrating 25 Years of the Order of Deacon

Since the establishment of the Order of Deacon in 1996, Garrett-Evangelical has remained committed to preparing deacons of The United Methodist Church for service both within the local congregation and in communities around the globe. We join with so many others and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church!

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