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.  Intersection incorporates lectures by and reflection with the distinguished faculty of Garrett-Evangelical. Over the course of the academic year, faculty members present Intersection 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 mark professional milestones and accolades.  The lectures are videotaped and made available right from the seminary's website.

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 .5 (half) Continuing Education Units for each lecture and associated activity. This three-step process is as follows:

  1. Watch the video taped presentation online or attend future faculty lecture in person
  2. Complete an assigned reading
  3. Write a reflective paper, which will be reviewed by a Garrett-Evangelical faculty member

Intersection can be completed entirely online or on campus. 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 .5 (half) CEU.

Next Steps

To get started choose which lecture you would like to watch and then click "Enroll Now."  Once registered the Office of External Programs will provide you with the necessary materials to get started.

Prefer to register by phone or email?  Have additional questions?  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. .




Dr. David Hogue
Brain Matters: Toward a Practical
Theology of Human Connectedness

Recorded on September 14, 2011

This lecture sketches recent developments in the neurosciences and explores their implications for a practical theology of human relationality. Of particular interest will be human capacities for empathy and love, provocative hints about what goes wrong in relationships, and hopeful signs for their restoration.



Dr. Brent Waters
Dead Reckoning:
Eschatology and Ethics
Recorded on September 21, 2011

This lecture charts a trajectory for the Christian moral life between what Dr. Waters calls “the poles of anticipatory remembrance and imaginative restlessness.”

Influenced by pastoral theologian and faculty colleague Dr. David Hogue and his book, Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past, Waters examines the relationship between eschatology and ethics by likening the Christian moral life to the ancient mariners and early pilots who, when unequipped with charts and instrumentation, employed what is known as “dead reckoning.”




Dr. Stephen Ray
Theology and the Unimaginable
Recorded on September 28, 2011

The lecture will be an exploration of how the Church can in a theologically responsible way conceive of forgiveness in the face of genocide; particularly when it unfolds in the midst of Christian communities and is facilitated by the actions of the faithful.



Dr. Ruth Duck
Vital Worship for the Twenty-First Century
Recorded on October 5, 2011

Based on the final chapter of Dr. Duck’s forthcoming textbook, Worship for the Whole People of God, this lecture focuses on the new and promising developments in North American worship.



Dr. James Poling
The Ambiguity of God and Humans
Recorded on October 26, 2011

In his retirement lecture, Poling explores the concept of ambiguity as a helpful concept for human religious life. In Jesus’s life, the cross and nonviolence are signs that show us the connections between human ambiguity and God’s ambiguity. This lecture is drawn from his recent book: Rethinking Faith: A Constructive Practical Theology (Fortress Press, 2011).



Dr. Ron Anderson
Apotaxis and Ethics: The Baptismal Renunications and Christian Discipleship
Recorded on March 7, 2012

Dr. Anderson will explore the implications of the recovery of the apotaxis and syntaxis in the baptismal liturgies of many mainline protestant churches in the USA. In particular, the current United Methodist baptismal liturgy to explore how the baptismal renunciation and affirmation provide a framework for the development of a Christian ethic and a pattern of Christian discipleship



Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Standing at the Edge of the Mississippi:
Reflections on a Different Paradigm for Theological Education
Recorded on March 21, 2012

Dr. Anderson’s lecture will propose helping students to develop their own socio-historical narratives as a connecting thread that weaves together their seminary coursework.

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