Category: Ecumenical Institute News

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski Gives the 2018 Carroll Lecture

On April 12, 2018, the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, and St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute co-hosted Dr. Freeman Hrabowski for the 2018 Carroll lecture. This year’s lecture focused on where we are 50 years after Dr. King’s assassination. Dr. Hrabowski reflected on his participation in the 1963 Birmingham Children’s Crusade, and the impact of his childhood experiences on his philosophy of education. The audience was challenged by Dr. Hrabowski’s provocative question “What is our society doing for the least of us?” He also reminded us to hope, as Dr. King did, that we can learn to trust one another. In an era where language is often divisive, Dr. Hrabowski’s words stand as a prophetic call to embrace speech that unites by remembering our common humanity and our vocation to the office of citizen.

 

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Joint Service for 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

On March 11, 2018, St. Mary’s Seminary & University hosted an ecumenical prayer service for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The service in St. Mary’s chapel marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with common prayer focused on the journey from conflict to communion. Archbishop William Lori and Bishop William Gohl presided, assisted by Bishop Dennis Madden and Rev. Dr. Eric T. Campbell. Catholic participants included the St. Mary’s faculty and seminarians, and faculty from Mount St. Mary’s. Lutheran participants included seminarians from United Lutheran Seminary (both the Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses) and Princeton, area pastors, and Dr. Kathryn Johnson, who traveled from Chicago to represent Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

You can read Archbishop Lori’s full homily from the event here.

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EI Alumni Day 2018

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute will hold its 4th Annual Alumni Day on Saturday, October 6, 8:30 am – 1 pm.  Beginning with a prayer service and ending with lunch, the event will include a presentation by Rev. Chris Skinner, PhD. Dr. Skinner was a member of the EI faculty from 2005 through 2010 and was named the Dunning Distinguished Lecturer for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship during the 2008-2009 academic year. Many will remember him as their dynamic and engaging New Testament professor. Dr. Skinner is currently Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. It will be a pleasure to welcome Dr. Skinner back to campus!

 

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2018 Carroll Lecture

St. Mary’s Seminary & University is pleased to announce The 2018 Carroll Lecture Thursday, April 12th, 2018 | 7:30 pm | Laubacher Hall

Speaker: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III

President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.”

For more about Dr. Hrabowski, see https://president.umbc.edu/

This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is requested: 2018carrolllecture.eventbrite.com

Co-sponsored by the
Central Maryland Ecumenical Council and St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute

For details:
stmarys.edu/ei • 410.864.4202 • 5400 Roland Avenue • Baltimore, MD 21210

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2018 Carroll Lecturer Featured in News

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, our 2018 Carroll Lecture lecturer, was the front page feature in the Baltimore Sun’s Monday edition. The story, “‘A powerful and frightening experience:’ UMBC’s Hrabowski recalls King’s call for the Children’s Crusade of 1963,” was timed for the official Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Dr. Hrabowski’s Carroll Lecture at St. Mary’s on April 12, 7:30 pm will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. President Hrabowski is uniquely positioned to reflect on where we are 50 years later–both in Baltimore and in our nation. The Seminary’s 2018 Carroll Lecture is an ecumenical endeavor, jointly sponsored by the Seminary, the Ecumenical Institute, and the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council .

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Prayer Service for Christian Unity

On January 22, St. Mary’s Seminary & University will hold a joint prayer service for the School of Theology and the Ecumenical Institute. The service is held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, whose theme this year is taken from Exodus 15:6 “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power.” Students, faculty, and staff will pray and share a meal together to embody their commitment to seek Christian unity.

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Dunning Lecture

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute will host Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School, and member of the editorial board of Christianity Today, for its Dunning Lecture on Friday, November 10 at 7:30 pm. His lecture “Where are the Nail Prints? Luther’s Road to Reformation Faith and What it Means for Us Today” will explore how to commemorate the Reformation with ecumenical purpose. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. George is active in Evangelical–Roman Catholic dialogue, has chaired the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, and helped produce the Catholic-Baptist statement, “The Word of God in the Life of the Church.” He has also written more than 20 books, is the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. 

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Stress, Resiliency & Spirituality Lecture & Workshop

 

Free Public Lecture

On Wednesday, October 25 ,7:30 pm Dr. Pat Fosarelli will give a free public lecture titled “Bouncing Back or Staying Down? Stress, Resiliency & Spirituality.” Her talk will explore the practical science behind stress and the ways that emotional health and spirituality can increase the likelihood of resilience. 

Workshop for those in Ministry

Ministry leaders are invited to attend a workshop led by Dr. Fosarelli on Thursday, October 26, 9:00 am – 12 noon. The workshop, “On Fire or Burned Out?” will be an interactive discussion examining the ways both lay and ordained ministry leaders can gain greater resiliency, even in the midst of personal, staff, or congregational stress. Participants can receive .25 CEUs. Cost for workshop registration is $20. Click here to register.

*Both events are made possible by a Science & Technology Grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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New EI Staff Member

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Rebecca Hancock as our new Coordinator of Communications, Operations, and Student Services. Dr. Hancock is well known to students and faculty, having served here as an instructor in Old Testament for 7  years. With a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. from Harvard University, Dr. Hancock brings a wealth of experience in theological education. While she will continue serving as a part-time instructor in the EI, the new position will allow her to invest even more fully in theological formation.

Dean Brent Laytham said “Dr. Hancock has come into a newly reshaped position with increased responsibilities, and she is already defining it with creativity and excellence.”

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EI Alumni Day Saturday, Sept. 30

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute will hold its 3rd Annual Alumni Day on Saturday, September 30, 8:30 am – 1 pm.  Beginning with a prayer service and ending with lunch, the event will include a presentation by Rev. Dennis Edwards, PhD. A member of the EI faculty from 2006 through 2012, Dr. Edwards was back on campus this summer as one of the instructors for the EI’s DMin course. Many may well remember him as a dynamic and engaging Hebrew Bible professor. Dr. Edwards is currently Senior Pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN.  Alumni Day is sponsored by the EI Alumni Council.

Register Now and enjoy time and fellowship back on campus.

 

 

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