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2016-01 Archive

EVANSTON, Illinois, December 2016 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary recently received $1.5 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help churches launch new ministries that will attract young adults – a population that congregations today are struggling to reach. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment’s newly announced Young Adult Initiative 2016.

EVANSTON, Illinois – Lilly Endowment Inc. recently awarded Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary a $750,000 grant to help pastors obtain the education and business skills they need to be financially literate and address the economic challenges facing congregations today. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

EVANSTON, Illinois – Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church announces the appointment of The Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Wilson as associate general secretary effective February 1, 2017. Wilson has served as assistant vice president of student life and dean of students at Garrett-Evangelical since 2012 and will retain her responsibilities till January 31, 2017.

Registration for the 2017 SACRED Sisters Retreat, a gathering for Black clergywomen, is now open! The 2017 gathering will center on the theme, “Together We Are Reclaiming: Wellness, Spirituality, and Community,” and will take place May 4-6, 2017 in Northbrook, Illinois. During this three-day retreat, participants will learn how to support one another both personally and spiritually in healthy and positive ways through worship, prayer, and intentional rest.

As people of faith, we are all too familiar with the feeding of the 5,000 story but often overlook how it begins:

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s newest center, the Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience (CMWBCE), will be kicking off with a special launch celebration on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The celebration will begin with a worship service in the seminary’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful followed by miniature seminar lectures presented by the CMWBCE faculty.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a Seminary that Changes the World, Class of 2016-17 by The Center for Faith and Service. Each year, Seminaries that Change the World identifies a select group of seminaries and divinity schools offering innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary.

Rev. Dr. James E. Will, alumnus and emeritus professor of systematic theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, died at 88 on September 10, 2016, in a single car accident. Will was a member of the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical for 39 years, first as professor of philosophical theology at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Illinois starting in 1959 and later as professor of systematic theology in 1973 to the newly merged Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Will retired and was named emeritus professor in 1998.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome Rev. Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors, senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois, as its keynote speaker at the 2016 Academic Convocation on September 7, 2016. Titled Such a Time as This,” Nabors will deliver his convocation address at 4:00 p.m. in the seminary’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful and all are welcome to attend.

Beloved Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary trustee, Rev. Laurie Haller, was elected as a United Methodist bishop on July 14, 2016 at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in Peoria, Illinois. We send our heartfelt congratulations to Haller and our prayers as she moves into this new role. You can read more about Haller's election in the news article below. 

Original Article Can Be Found Here

By Kay DeMoss
JULY 14, 2016 | PEORIA, Ill. (UMNS)

Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone, distinguished alumna and trustee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was elected as a United Methodist bishop on July 13 at the North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference in Peoria, Illinois. Smith Malone was the first to be elected bishop at the NCJ Conference held at the Peoria Civic Center July 13-16.

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) has awarded Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary a $10,000 grant for the newly formed Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program. The grant announcement was made at the Evanston Community Foundation’s 2016 Grant Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 26th.  This year’s grantees were chosen from a pool of 64 applicants in the Evanston community. Garrett-Evangelical is excited and honored to be one of 29 organizations who received a grant from the ECF.

The Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone and Bishop Donald A. Ott were named 2016 Distinguished Alums at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s 159th Commencement on May 13, 2016. Each year Garrett-Evangelical chooses two alums to be honored as Distinguished Alums. One alum is chosen from the most recent 25 years of graduates, and one alum is chosen from alums who graduated over 25 years ago.

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – The Workgroup on Constructive Theology produced and distributed a video titled Fear Not!, which encourages Christians to respond in faith to the dangerous and fearful public discourse of our current political season. Among the diverse theologians who appear in the video is Dr. Stephen Ray, the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Literature for All of Us is an Evanston-based organization that brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to young people in underserved neighborhoods. One of their most recent projects, Transforming Justice, is being done in collaboration with Piven Theatre Workshop, The Evanston Art Center, The James B.

Bishop Young Jin Cho of the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church announces the appointment of The Rev. Dr. Karla M. Kincannon as executive pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, effective July 1, 2016. Kincannon indicated that the decision to return to parish ministry came after many discussions with key church leadership in Virginia, her home conference. Kincannon will leave her position at the seminary on June 30, 2016.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is excited to announce the appointment of Trina Armstrong as assistant professor of pastoral theology and pastoral care. With her prior teaching experience, commitments to the church and the community, as well as her clinical work, Armstrong will bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom and the seminary community at-large. Her appointment will officially begin on July 1, 2016. 

Marian Wright Edelman, award-winning advocate, and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, will be the keynote speaker at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s 159th Commencement on May 13th, 2016. Wright Edelman will also be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. The Commencement service will begin at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Evanston.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary PhD candidate Gregory Coates has been awarded the John Wesley Fellowship from A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE). Coates was one of three doctoral students to receive the fellowship in 2016.

EVANSTON, Illinois – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is now an official partner of the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program and, in partnership with the Evanston community, will be offering this high-quality, literacy-rich program free to underserved children in the Evanston community beginning this summer. The six-week program helps children fall in love with reading and makes learning fun. It has proven to curb summer learning loss and help close achievement gaps.

By Anne Marie Gerhardt, Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church

What do five pastors, in five different annual conferences and four different jurisdictions have in common? Besides the fact that they are all United Methodist elders and graduates of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, they’ve shared a unique bond for more than 10 years.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Master of Divinity student, Katie Steele, has been selected to the newly formed Young Adult Network of The United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training ministry. Steele joins a small group of United Methodist young adults between the ages of 21 and 31 who will be trained in group leadership skills, the history and theology of the ecumenism, and the unique importance of Christian unity and interreligious relationships in The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Hee Soo Jung of the Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church announces the appointment of The Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler to become the Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Madison, Wisconsin, effective July 1, 2016. Fowler, who is currently serving as the Murray H. Leiffer associate professor of congregational leadership at Garrett-Evangelical, will retain his responsibilities at the seminary until June 30, 2016. He will remain associated with the seminary in the years to follow as an affiliate faculty member.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the founding of The Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience (CMWBCE), a one-of-a-kind in North America. The mission of the center is to provide training in the sacred music of the Black church and beyond to musicians and worship leaders for the enrichment of congregational worship in diverse contexts.

Originally posted on The Center for Bioethics and Culture website on January 7, 2016.

The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network and the Paul Ramsey Award Nominating Committee are pleased to announce Brent Waters, D.Phil., as the recipient of the 2016 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Dr. Waters is the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics, and Director of the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.