Category: Ecumenical Institute News

Congratulations Class of 2022!

Congratulations to our 2022 graduates!     On Thursday, May 12, 2022, St. Mary’s Seminary and University awarded 12 degrees and 2 graduate certificates to students from the Ecumenical Institute, along with 15 seminarians from the Seminary/School of Theology. Ellen Frances Davis, Ph.D., a preeminent scholar of the Old Testament, currently the Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, was the Honorary Degree recipient and Commencement Speaker.   The full video of this year’s graduation ceremony is available at https://vimeo.com/706662427 and pictures from this year’s graduation ceremony can be found here.      ...

David Hurd – Concert Organist & Composer

 

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute presents concert organist and composer David Hurd in a concert that is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT in the Chapel at St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Free and open to the public, but registration is requested at:
https://eihurdconcert.eventbrite.com

“Nothing was commonplace. Hurd paints his musical ideas with bold colorful strokes that emit an almost visceral electricity. Immediately striking was his use of dynamics, timbre, and melodic direction to create a shifting contour that owed as mighty forces of nature. Whatever the emotional effect produced, Hurd seemed to live within it fully….wildly virtuosic.” – (The Blade, Toledo, Ohio)

David Hurd is widely recognized as one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the United States, with a long list of honors and achievements, and immeasurable expertise in organ performance, improvisation, and composition. For 39 years David Hurd was on the faculty of The General Theological Seminary in New York City, as Director of Chapel Music, Organist, and Professor of Church Music. He is the composer of dozens of hymns, choral works, settings of the liturgy, and organ works published by a number of major houses. His music appears in hymnals and choir libraries in churches of nearly all religious denominations. In 2010 he became the fifteenth recipient of the American Guild of Organists’ Distinguished Composer award. Dr. Hurd serves as Organist/Choirmaster of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City.

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Summer Courses Open to New and Visiting Students

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute is offering an exciting range of graduate-level courses open to new and visiting students, including The Life & Writing of Martin Luther King, Jr., taught by Dr. Anthony Hunt, and Spirituality in the New Testament, taught by Dr. Michael Gorman. All courses will have live synchronous classes, so you can attend in person or online, wherever you are!

See the full list of Summer 2022 courses here.

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Spirit, Body, Word: An Evening of Sacramental Poetry

Join us for an evening of sacramental poetry, as two renowned poets read their own words of faith and spirit, prayer and presence.

Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT in Laubacher Hall, St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Free and open to the public, but registration is requested for this attending in person at:
https://smsupoetry.eventbrite.com.

The event will also be livestreamed at: https://vimeo.com/event/1982975

Brian Volck, M.D., M.F.A.
Brian Volck is a pediatrician and writer who lives in Baltimore. He is the author of a poetry collection, Flesh Becomes Word, and a memoir, Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Ars MedicaAtlanta ReviewDoubleTakeHealth AffairsImage, and The Journal of Moral Theology.

Laura Reece Hogan, J.D., M.A.
Laura Reece Hogan is the author of Litany of Flights (Paraclete Press), which was the winner of the Paraclete Poetry Prize; the poetry chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press); and the nonfiction spiritual theology book I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock). Her poems have appeared in AmericaU.S. CatholicFirst ThingsThe Christian CenturyDappled Things, and other publications.

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Dean Laytham Announces Upcoming Staff Transition

After 27 years of service, Dr. Pat Fosarelli will enter a new phase come July 1. She will step down from her role as Associate Dean of Instruction, but continue half time with St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in her role as Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries. We are thankful for all that she has done for St. Mary’s over the years, and glad that she will be continuing to serve with us. 

Dr. Fosarelli reflected on the upcoming transition, “I have been working at St. Mary’s—in some capacity—since 1995, and I have been a dean since 2006.  As of June 30, I will be stepping down from my full-time position as Associate Dean of Instruction but will continue part-time as Director of the MACM (and its associated certificates). This is my decision because a) there are other things that I still want to do and b) the EI has two fine deans who will remain.

I will continue to act as an advisor, be active in the D.Min. program, oversee the MACM and associated certificates, and (of course) teach.  Although I will not be around every day, I will be available when students are most likely here.

I count coming to the EI as a student in the fall of 1992 as one of the most important decisions that I made in my life, one that changed my life for the better. I always hope that it will do the same for every student and faculty member who joins this very unique community of learners.”

 

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Spring 2022 to Begin Online

UPDATE: January 31, 2022

Out of a continuing abundance of caution, the Ecumenical Institute will continue online-only learning through February, returning to in-person learning just after winter break on February 28.

 

ORIGINAL POST: January 6, 2022

Dear EI Community,
 
We hope that you have had a restful and healthy Christmas. We look forward to a wonderful spring semester of learning together.
 
As you know, our hope has been to offer each class simultaneously online and in person this semester. However, in view of the surging omicron variant, we have decided that all EI courses will begin entirely online through the month of January, with the option to attend class in-person beginning Tuesday, February 1.
 
This does not affect the availability of the library; current EI faculty and students are welcome to come in person if they are in compliance with the St. Mary’s COVID policy (either fully vaccinated or having received an exemption and following the additional requirements). At present, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a mask at all times while in our building.
 
If you plan to come on campus, please be sure you have completed the confidential and mandatory COVID disclosure form. If you are not fully vaccinated and would like to receive an exemption, you may use this form.
 
 
With hope,
Deans Laytham, Fosarelli, and Hancock

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Director of Admissions & Communications Position

Kaye Guidugli, the EI’s Director of Recruitment and Advancement has made the decision to move on from St. Mary’s to pursue new opportunities. We are most grateful to Kaye for her excellent work as the EI’s Director of Recruitment and Advancement and wish her the best very best. To hear a message from Dean Laytham on Kaye’s transition, see the video below.

The EI is currently seeking a Director of Admissions & Communications. Nominations, self-nominations, or inquiries are welcome. Please contact jobs@stmarys.edu for more information. 

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Pat FosarelliDr. Pat Fosarelli, EI Alum, Associate Dean of Instruction, and Director of the MA in Christian Ministries, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Health Ministries Association (HMA), a national organization that “encourages, supports and empowers leaders in the integration of faith and health in their local communities.”

As one who has long integrated faith and health as a faculty leader in EI’s CONNECT: Faith, Health & Medicine Certificate program, as well as through her continuing faculty role at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, we couldn’t think of a better choice.

CONNECT program imageNOTE: The CONNECT Certificate program will run again beginning Spring 2023 (with a remote attendance option). If you would like more information on this cohort-based program for medical professionals, religious leaders, and anyone concerned with the challenges of integrating faith and health, please contact Galen Zook.

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Rev. Katherine Sonderegger to Give 2021 Dunning Lecture

 

The Mission of the Holy Son into an Unholy World

November 18, 7:30 pm
Laubacher Hall or via livestream

Perhaps the central word in Scripture for the reality and ministry of the Son of God is ‘sending.’  He is the One sent, by His Father into the created realm, Incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary.  And He is sent throughout His earthly life, to do the work He is given to do, to enter into the night of the world, its chaos and indifference and cruelty, to be the world’s Light.  He is sent to the Cross, an act at once Transcendent and altogether earthly.  This talk will explore the Mission of the Holy Son under one, dominant and complex idea, that of sacrifice, which best captures the kind of ‘sending’ that characterizes Christ’s life.  The Eternal Son is the Living Sacrifice, sent to be the world’s Sacrifice.  He is the Holy One in an unholy world.  In this way, the Temple worship of ancient Israel—its cultic sacrifice—comes to life and guides the teaching of the Church in its Doctrines of the Person and Work of Christ.

The Rev. Katherine Sonderegger holds the Wm Meade Chair in Systematic Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA, where she has taught since 2002.  She was educated at Smith College, Yale Divinity School, and Brown University, where she undertook research on the great 20th century Reformed theologian, Karl Barth.  Prior to taking her position at VTS, Kate taught in the Religion department at Middlebury College in Vermont.  While she grew up a Presbyterian, and her Reformed roots still run deep, she is now a priest of the Episcopal Church, resident in the diocese of Virginia.  Her vocation is the study and writing of systematic theology.  Two volumes of her Systematic Theology on the Doctrine of Divine Attributes and of the Holy Trinity have appeared under Fortress Press, 2015, 2020.  Her current research for volume 3 is on the Missions of the Son and Spirit.  When not at her desk, Kate can be found outdoors: gardening, hiking, sailing, riding her bike, or heading to a ball game. 

To attend the event in-person, please register HERE, or attend online via livestream. Please contact Dr. Rebecca Hancock with any questions about the event. 

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Fall 2021 Theology Town Hall

UPCOMING THEOLOGY TOWN HALL

Leading Leaders Through Another Year of COVID
Wednesday, November 3, 12 pm

The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. has served for many years as Canon to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor at General Theological Seminary. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the development board of Durham University, Chuck previously served on the governing board of the National Council of Churches USA, and was vice president of the board of the Anglican Theological Review and guest editor of several ATR issues, as well as General Editor of Peter Lang Publishing’s “Studies in Episcopal & Anglican Theology” series.  He holds honorary doctorates and canonships from several institutions, and has authored or edited over a dozen books and many journal articles.

Join the Theology Town Hall 

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