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2014-12 Archive

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been awarded a grant of $500,000 by the Lilly Endowment Inc. as a part of its Initiative to Strengthen the Quality of Preaching. This initiative seeks to improve the quality of preaching among working pastors and preaching instruction for seminary students. Garrett-Evangelical will build on the ongoing work of its Styberg Preaching Institute to improve pedagogy at the seminary, enhance the work of the institute for practicing preachers and develop teachers of preaching.

On December 8, 2014, the Garrett-Evangelical faculty met to draft a statement concerning the national crisis generated by the multiple incidents of killing of Black men by white police officers.  The meeting was convened and co-led by Dr. Luis R. Rivera, Academic Dean, and Dr. Gennifer Brooks, Chair of the Committee on Faculty.

In response to the crisis plaguing communities of color across these United States of America as it relates to abusive and murderous practices of law enforcement, Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians (G-EBS) sponsored three events on Monday, December 8, 2014, including a prayer vigil, dialogue, and strategic conversations. In preparation of these events G-EBS members crafted the following statement.

As Co-Chairpersons of the Student Council at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, we work with the Student Council and Student Organizations to value the voices of the Student Body. We recognize that the body of Christ is one that welcomes all regardless of race, color, ethnicity, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.