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2015-01 Archive

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) have entered into a new partnership that enables Garrett-Evangelical students to complete a concentration in LGBTQ studies and CTS students to complete a certificate in United Methodist Studies. Months in the making, this partnership was solidified in early fall 2015 by both institutions and is effective immediately for students at both schools.

From a hymn sing in Koten Chapel to a discussion of the theology of piety and Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) history and mission, “Finding our Way Forward: Learning from our EUB Heritage and Discerning the Future” will bring together friends – old and new – to explore how the history of the EUB Church offers guidance for the future. Co-sponsored by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and North Central College, this EUB Heritage Symposium and Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETS) Reunion will take place March 16-18, 2016 at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

EVANSTON, Illinois – In the forward of the newly published book, Educating for Redemptive Community: Essays in Honor of Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain (Wipf & Stock, 2015), longtime friend and United Methodist colleague, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean of the School of Theology and professor of theology and education at Boston University, begins with a question: “Why do former students, who are also colleagues and friends, write a book to honor their teachers?” For each contributor the opportunity to honor Dr. Jack Seymour and Dr.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary takes great pride in offering a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program that not only equips graduates to be exceptional scholars but also outstanding educators. Now, Garrett-Evangelical PhD students will have the opportunity to earn a PhD Teaching Certificate as a part of their degree program.

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In the spirit of Jesus the Christ, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary seeks to be a servant seminary responsive to the needs of the church and the world. To that end, I am pleased to present our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees on October 22, 2015.

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Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton, president of Christian Theological Seminary, announced that Dr. Leah Gunning Francis will join the seminary as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.

On September 26, 2015 the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary hosted a fellowship and mentoring session with Hispanic/Latino(a) high school students, pastors, and Garrett-Evangelical seminarians. With support from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, the YCI at Garrett-Evangelical seeks to help Hispanic/Latino(a) high school youth and college young adults explore their call to ministry

Dr. Phyllis A. Bird, Professor Emerita of Old Testament Interpretation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will inaugurate the newly established McCarthy Chair in Biblical Studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute (PBI) in Rome, beginning October 2015. The McCarthy Chair has been designated for a woman scholar on a rotating basis as a one-semester teaching and research position. This inaugural chair is believed to be the first chair at PBI to be held by a woman.

Nashville, TN, August 2015 – Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, served as contributor to the new CEB Student Bible (Common English Bible) that was published on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Blount wrote discussions for the books of Joel and James, which include questions, activities, and “Reading Differently” exercises for youth groups and small groups.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary President Lallene J. Rector was recently named the recipient of the Boston University School of Theology’s Distinguished Alumni/ae Award. Rector was nominated for the award by Garrett-Evangelical President Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Theology, Neal F. Fisher.

The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes, renowned womanist theologian and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary alumna, will be the keynote speaker at Garrett-Evangelical’s 2015 Academic Convocation. The 2015 Academic Convocation will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful and is open to the public.

The Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the selection of PhD candidate, Andrew Wymer, as the first recipient of the Styberg Teaching Fellowship. Sponsored by the Lilly Endowment Inc., this fellowship is awarded to a promising PhD candidate or post-doctorate PhD in Liturgical Studies with an emphasis in homiletics at Garrett-Evangelical.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is launching a new Doctor of Ministry (DMin) track in Community Organizing. Community organizing trains and equips clergy and community leaders with the knowledge and skills to analyze the power dynamics within a community, develop strategic relationships, and direct and focus the physical, theological, spiritual, and moral energies of the people within a community to create extraordinary changes for good.

The Rev. Franz S. Rigert and the Rev. Samuel Phillips were named as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s 158th Commencement on May 15, 2015. Each year Garrett-Evangelical chooses two alumni to be honored as Distinguished Alumni. One alumnus is chosen from the most recent 25 years of graduates, and one alumnus is chosen from alumni who graduated over 25 years ago.

The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) has selected Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary to participate in the first cohort of FTE’s Institutional Doctoral Network. Cohort members will join a learning community that explores how theological schools and doctoral programs may create institutional conditions where scholars and graduate students of color can thrive.

EVANSTON, Illinois – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Débora Junker as assistant dean of student life, director of the office of international students, and director of the Hispanic Center. Dr. Tércio Junker will be appointed as dean of the chapel and director of the Course of Study and Escuela del Curso de Estudio programs. They will officially begin their appointments July 1, 2015.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary PhD candidates, Rev. Nicholas Grier and Rev. Chan Thawng Lian, have been awarded doctoral fellowships from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), located in Decatur, Georgia. Grier and Lian are both PhD candidates in the field of pastoral theology, personality, and culture.

EVANSTON, Illinois – Mr. John Carter, Director of Building and Grounds at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was awarded the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award on March 31 for his 52 years of service to the Seminary. President Lallene J. Rector presented the service award to Carter at a surprise gathering organized by the Buildings and Grounds staff. Carter officially retired in April.

Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr., Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher professor of systematic theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was named president-elect of the Society for the Study of Black Religion at their 45th Annual Meeting held March 19-21 in Savannah, Georgia. Founded in 1970, the Society for the Study of Black Religion’s mission is to engage in scholarly research and discussion about the religious experience of Black people. Ray is currently the executive director of the Society and will begin his term as president in 2016.

Award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Alex Kotlowitz will be the keynote speaker at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s 158th Commencement on May 15, 2015. The Commencement service will begin at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Evanston.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is honored to announce that it has been selected for the 2015 list of Seminaries that Change the World by the Center for Faith and Service. Garrett-Evangelical is one of twenty-six theologically, politically and geographically diverse institutions named to this list who share a common commitment to work together to strengthen and advance theological education.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is honored to welcome alumna Dr. Débora Junker as visiting scholar for the Spring 2015 semester. Junker earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Garrett-Evangelical in 2003 and currently serves as assistant professor of Christian education at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s distinguished alum, Bishop Rueben P. Job, died on January 3, 2015 at the age of 86. A retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Job was at the forefront in spiritual formation within the Church, serving as consultant in Christian spirituality, spiritual retreat leader and a spiritual guide.