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Garrett-Evangelical launches The Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

October 1, 2012

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the establishment of the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. The Institute was developed by the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical as a new initiative for continuing education in spiritual formation.  In addition, the Institute has established unique partnerships with Hearts on Fire: United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders and A Covenant Community of Spiritual Directors.

The Institute is named in honor of retired United Methodist Bishop and alumnus, Rueben Job (Evangelical Theological Seminary 1957). Bishop Job has written extensively on Christian spirituality, and his book Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living is widely used across the church. “The creation of the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation brings great pleasure and delight,” said Bishop Job. “Garrett-Evangelical’s commitment to spiritual formation studies is to be commended, and I am pleased to know, others will have this viable resource in the future.”

With over 25 years of leadership in the field of spiritual formation, Garrett-Evangelical continues to be at the forefront of spiritual formation studies.  The seminary currently offers a United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation, which was formally adopted by the denomination in 2000, and spiritual formation/direction specializations throughout its degree programs. In addition, the seminary is currently seeking funds to endow the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation. This endowed chair in spiritual formation will be among the first established in any Protestant seminary.

Rev. Dr. Dwight H. Judy, professor emeritus of spiritual formation, is currently serving as the director for the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. With over 40 years of ministry experience, Dr. Judy will lecture in Garrett-Evangelical’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful on October 17, 2012. His lecture, entitled “A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

The Institute’s website will serve as a resource for those participating in the online courses offered by the institute. The first class, The Art of Mediation, will begin in January 2013.  To learn more, go to www.ruebenjobinstitute.org.