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2017-01 Archive

Dr. Luis R. Rivera, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, has been elected to the board of directors for In Trust Center for Theological Schools. The In Trust Center for Theological Schools is a membership organization incorporated and based in Delaware. Its members include more than 210 Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Christian seminaries, divinity schools, and theological colleges in the United States and Canada.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is delighted to welcome alumna Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey (G-ETS 2005) as visiting scholar in Spring 2018. A scholar, social justice activist, and military veteran, Lightsey will be teaching a course entitled “Queer Theology.” She says of the course, “What I love about teaching this course is the opportunity to explore who we are as sexual beings in relationship with an infinitely loving God.” Lightsey will also deliver a public lecture on March 20, 2018, titled “Pushing Limits on the Body.”

In preparation for the Fall 2018 launch of the new master of arts in public ministry (MAPM) degree, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has named Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart director of the program. Eberhart brings a wealth of educational and ministerial experience and he has been instrumental in the seminary’s ecological justice and sustainability initiatives. Most recently, Eberhart has served on the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical through a joint appointment with Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

November 2017, Evanston, IL – For a third consecutive year, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been recognized as a Seminary that Changes the World (STCTW) by The Center for Faith and Service. Each year, STCTW 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.

EVANSTON, Illinois, November 2017 – Beginning Fall 2018, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will offer a new master of arts in public ministry degree. Aligned with the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan and the seminary’s commitment to public theology, the 56-credit hour degree will educate laity and faith leaders for wise, courageous, and transformative public ministries for the well-being of all peoples and creation.

EVANSTON, Illinois, October 11, 2017 – The Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will bring together modern-day prophets Father Michael Pfleger, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, and Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, along with 12 panelists of leading scholars and pastors, for a two-day conference to address critical issues of injustice that infect our society and call for a response from the church.

Rev. Dr. Trina Armstrong, assistant professor of pastoral care and pastoral theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was named president and chair of the Society for Pastoral Theology (SPT) at their 33rd Annual Meeting. She most recently served as the vice president of the steering committee before beginning her term as president and chair on June 17, 2017. As president and chair, Armstrong is responsible for leading SPT’s steering committee in planning its annual meeting and providing vision and oversight for the overall affairs of the society.

An open letter from the Center for the Church in the Black Experience, the Hispanic-Latinx Center, and the Asian/Asian-American Ministries Center of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to announce its newest partnership with the School of Theology (A Faculdade de Teologia da Igreja Metodista––FATEO) at Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil. Through this global partnership the two institutions can now promote exchange of faculty and students, joint publications, synchronous courses, and more. A defining moment in the life and mission of these two institutions, Dr. Paulo Garcia, rector of FATEO, and Dr. Luis R.

Under the direction of Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been chosen by the Green Seminary Initiative (GSI) for the Seminary Environmental Certification Program. A three-year program, this certification will assist Garrett-Evangelical as it integrates care for creation into areas of education and spiritual formation; liturgy, ritual, and worship; building and grounds management; community life; and public leadership.

Originally Published on July 27, 2017 by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM)

The Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership development agency for the denomination, announced the release of a new book, “GO! How to Become a Great Commission Church,” by Mark R. Teasdale. 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church (UMC), as its keynote speaker for the 2017 Academic Convocation on September 13, 2017. Committed to advocacy, education and justice, Henry-Crowe will deliver her convocation address, titled “Be On Your Way”, at 4:00 p.m. in the seminary’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. All are welcome to attend.

Heidi Schlumpf (G-ETS 2000) has been named national correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), effective immediately. She has served as a part-time contributor and columnist for NCR for over 10 years. In her new role Schlumpf will report about issues important to Catholics in the United States, with a focus on putting a Catholic and faith perspective on national and political trends.

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Alex Weisman turned a corner in the Donald P. Jacobs Center on Tuesday and was hit by a flood of memories.

Weisman (Communication ’10) had walked to his History of the Holocaust class that way seven years ago — and now he was back in the same spot, playing a graduate student at a fictional university in the upcoming CorradoMooncoin film “The Pages.”

“A seven-years-ago deja vu came rushing at me and I’m like, ‘Oh, I know exactly where I am,’” he said.

The Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the selection of doctoral candidate, Rev. David M. Stark, as the 2017-2018 Styberg Teaching Fellow. Sponsored by the Lilly Endowment Inc., this fellowship is awarded to a promising doctoral or post-doctorate candidate with a focus in homiletics or a cognate field. Stark will officially begin on July 1, 2017.

Rev. Dr. David L. Heetland, Vice President for Development at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was honored with the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award for the successful completion of the Forging Our Future capital campaign, raising over $100 million for scholarship, faculty, program, and unrestricted support. President Lallene J. Rector presented Heetland with the award at the Board of Trustees meeting on May 11, 2017.

The Rev. Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield and the Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Dahl were named the 2017 Distinguished Alums at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s 160th Commencement on May 12, 2017. 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.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has surpassed its $100 million Forging Our Future capital campaign goal, the largest fundraising effort in the seminary’s 162-year history. With over 17,100 donors contributing to the success of this campaign, the goal was surpassed with a recent $5 million commitment to unrestricted endowment from Ernest and Bernice Styberg.

Stybergs Put the Campaign Over the Top

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Mai-Anh Le Tran as associate professor of religious education and practical theology. Tran is an experienced educator, a well-respected scholar in the field of religious education, and deeply dedicated to the church and community. Her appointment will officially begin July 1, 2017.

“And serve each other according to the gift each person has received, as good managers of God’s diverse gifts.” (1 Peter 4:10 CEB)

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Office of Deacons and Diaconal Ministers at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) are cosponsoring Deacon Dialogue 2017 on June 28, 2017, at Loyola University Lakeshore Campus, Chicago, Illinois.

Deacon Dialogue is a biennial event designed to provide United Methodist deacons with an opportunity to fellowship with other deacons, learn about each other’s ministries, and receive both encouragement and challenge to their ministries.

The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) has selected 16 students across 13 institutions to receive a fellowship in 2017 to support their PhD or ThD program in religion, theological studies, or biblical studies. Among them, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary PhD student in theology and ethics, Lisa Dellinger has been awarded a fellowship for Latino/a, Asian, and First Nations Doctoral Students.

Rev. Dr. David A. Hogue (G-ETS/NU 1985), professor of pastoral theology and counseling, will retire from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on January 1, 2018. Over his 26-year career at the seminary, Hogue distinguished himself as a leader among the faculty, a mentor to students, and an unparalleled scholar at the intersection of pastoral care, theology, and neuroscience. 

Dr. Pamela J. Holliman (G-ETS 1973, 1977, and G-ETS/NU 1985), associate professor of pastoral theology and pastoral psychotherapy, will retire on June 30, 2017 after nine years as a faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Holliman was instrumental in designing, implementing, and directing the clinical track in the master of arts in pastoral care and counseling and the doctor of philosophy in pastoral theology, personality and culture degree programs.

Dr. James E. K. Hildreth, president and chief executive officer of Meharry Medical College, will be the commencement speaker at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s 160th Commencement service on May 12, 2017. Hildreth 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.

Rabbi Herman Schaalman, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s longest serving adjunct professor, died in his home on Tuesday, January 31 at the age of 100. The longtime leader of Emanuel Congregation in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, former president of the nation's Reform rabbis, and an interfaith pioneer, began teaching at Garrett-Evangelical in 1957 and taught his last course in 2015.