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I write briefly this afternoon to let you know that a high-level mediation has occurred within The United Methodist Church (UMC) regarding our struggle with those portions in the Book of Discipline which prohibit both the ordination of LGBTQIA persons and United Methodist clergy from officiating over same-sex or same-gender marriages. Please see the links below for a new release from the UMC and articles from The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Jan 03
Dr. Rolf Nolasco
December 19, 2019 — Dr. Rodolfo R. Nolasco Jr., professor of pastoral theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was awarded a 2020 Project Grant Research from the Louisville Institute in the amount of $30,000. Pulling from his expertise and prior publications, Nolasco’s research project will look specifically at United Methodist clergy members who self-identify as LGBTQIA.
Lilly Endowment Inc.
December 9, 2019 — Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce it has received a sustainability grant of just over $372,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. for its “Leading Vibrant Congregations: A Collaboration of Faith and Finance” initiative.
Student in graduation robes bumping fists with a professor in academic regalia
December 9, 2019 — Recognizing the changing religious landscape, decreasing outside scholarship support from denominational bodies, and the unique manifestations of God’s vocational call, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is expanding access to financial aid for all students. Beginning with students admitted for Fall 2020, Garrett-Evangelical’s financial aid program will guarantee:
Rev. Dr. David L. Heetland
December 8, 2019 — According to Heetland, the most significant takeaway from the book would be the importance of building long-term relationships. “In real estate, it’s location, location, location,” he said. “But in fundraising, it is relationships, relationships, relationships. I have discovered that if you are willing to tell your story passionately and then be willing to hear their stories and what motivates and excites them, amazing things will happen. It is when these long-term relationships are nurtured, happy surprises result.”
Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran
December 7, 2019 — Effective August 1, 2019, Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran was named vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. This is a historic appointment in the seminary’s 166-year history as she is the first woman of color to serve as academic dean. A 2004 doctor of philosophy Garrett-Evangelical graduate, Tran is an internationally recognized leader in theological education, an accomplished scholar, and much sought-after expert in pedagogy. She joined the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical in 2017 as associate professor of religious education and practical theology.