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2018-01 Archive

During these days of Advent, we find ourselves torn between the worldly rush of the holiday season and the spiritual longing to enter into a quiet space of waiting – waiting again with remembered anticipation for the wonder of God become human, dwelling among us. 

On October 18, 2018, the Board of Trustees of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary approved the following community statement on LGBTQ+ inclusivity:

Community Statement for LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

Our statement is a proactive affirmation of full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in the life of the seminary, the Church, and ordained clergy.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary doctor of philosophy student, Sun-Ah Kang, was awarded a Women of Color Scholars Program scholarship. Kang’s doctoral concentration is in biblical studies and she is in the process of writing her dissertation titled, “A cross-cultural reading of the ’ēšet hayil (Prov. 31:10-31) alongside Naehun in the context of Korean-Confucianism.”

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is honored to announce that it has been selected as one of the Seminaries that Change the World (STCTW) by The Center for Faith and Service for the fourth consecutive year. Each year STCTW highlights a select group of seminaries and divinity schools that are offer innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary.

On Wednesday, October 17, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome internationally renowned musician and long-time friend of the seminary, Mr. Bob Ravenscroft for his “Love Song” concert. Offering solo expressions of love and inspired by poetry and jazz standards, the “Love Song” concert will mix readings of standard jazz lyrics and other related poetry with both straight-ahead and freestyle solo piano renderings. The concert will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the seminary’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful, located at 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois.

The Admissions Office at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will be hosting an Open House for persons interested in pursuing theological education on October 3, 2018. The Open House will include presentations from key administrators, including President Lallene J. Rector, and faculty members, and conversations with current students about their seminary experience. In addition, a tour of the seminary and Northwestern University campuses will be provided, and attendees will also have the option sit in on a class on October 4th.

Nine alumnae of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary have joined with nearly 70 United Methodist clergywomen (elders and deacons) to write the devotional book We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead. This devotional is a collection of 100 entries that explores themes such as call, vocation, persistence, resistance, and struggle. Two of the Garrett-Evangelical alumnae involved with this project, Rev. J. Paige Boyer and Rev. Jen M. Tyler, served as editors. The forthcoming book from Abingdon Press will be released in September 2018.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome the Reverend Dr. Willie James Jennings, associate professor systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School, as its keynote speaker for the 2018 Academic Convocation on September 6, 2018. Jennings will deliver his convocation address, titled, “Friends of Doubt and Disciples of Hope,” at 11:30 a.m. in the seminary’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. All are welcome to attend.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to announce doctor of philosophy students Karen E. Mosby and B. Yuki Schwartz have been selected to receive a Completion Grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).

EVANSTON, Illinois, June 2018 – Dr. Rolf Nolasco will join the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on July 1, 2018, as professor of pastoral theology. Nolasco is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience. He is also a psychotherapist, published author, and has vast experience in cross cultural communications from living and working across the world within varying social and cultural backgrounds.

Indianapolis—The fifth annual Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by EEWC‐Christian Feminism Today, has been awarded to Elyssa Salinas‐Lazarski, a doctoral student studying theology and ethics at Garrett‐Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.

The Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the selection of PhD candidate, Rev. Jaewoong Jung, as the 2018-2019 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. Jung will officially begin on July 1, 2018.

The Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Board of Trustees unanimously approved the promotion of Dr. James L. Papandrea (G-ETS/NU 1998) from associate professor to full professor of church history and historical theology at their bi-annual meeting on May 10, 2018. His installation service will be held this fall on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to announce doctoral students Christopher Hunt, Taurean J. Webb, and Bryson White have been selected to receive a 2018 Doctoral Fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). Hunt, Webb, and White are studying in the theology and ethics field of Garrett-Evangelical’s doctor of philosophy program. This is the first time Garrett-Evangelical has had three students in the same field receive the FTE Doctoral Fellowship in the same year.

Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone Memorial Livestream

Monday, May 7th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

Garrett-Evangelical will be showing a livestream in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful at 10:00 a.m. on May 7th of Rev. Dr. Cone's Memorial Service at Riverside Church in New York. All are welcome to come as they are able throughout the morning.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, will deliver the keynote address at the 8th Graduate Theological Conference on April 13, 2018. Her address is titled, “Claiming God’s Justice When Whiteness Stands Its Ground in a Diversifying Nation.”

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is delighted to announce Jim Winkler, president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), will speak at the seminary’s 161st Commencement on May 11, 2018. A Methodist “Preacher’s Kid,” Winkler has been a lifelong social justice advocate and has held a deep passion for ecumenical and interreligious work. The Commencement service will begin at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Evanston.

On January 26, 2018, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Sioux Falls Seminary received approval from the University Senate of The United Methodist Church to engage a pilot cohort of United Methodist students in the Kairos Project, which offers a competency-based master of divinity program, at Sioux Falls Seminary. Garrett-Evangelical will provide a portion of the Kairos Project curriculum including courses required for ordination in The United Methodist Church, as mandated in The Book of Discipline.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is launching a new doctor of ministry track in preaching as leadership in Hispanic/Latinx congregations, with the first cohort set to start coursework in June 2018. Students in the track’s first cohort will receive 50% tuition scholarships, thanks to the Leading Vibrant Congregations grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Continuing the seminary’s commitment to reducing student debt and addressing the financial needs of students seeking a theological education, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has an additional 25 full-tuition scholarships available for individuals applying for admission as a full-time student in Fall 2018:

In recognition of 2018 Black History Month, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and numerous African American churches and organizations have worked collaboratively to create a community project entitled, “Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston, Illinois: A Mosaic of Human Community.” This month-long event aims to educate and inform the Evanston community, particularly youth and young adults, on Black history.