Category: Ecumenical Institute News

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. 

Click HEREto download a printable flyer. 

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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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Ecumenical Institute Student Takes Course at Religious Freedom Center

An Ecumenical Institute student was among the first to participate in an intensive course offered by the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC. Master of Arts in Theology candidate Michelle Rader is among those featured in this video.  Ecumenical Institute students interested in a similar opportunity for Fall 2017 have until May 14 to apply.

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EI Staff Retirements

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute congratulates three long-serving colleagues who will enter retirement this summer.

Zenaida Bench, Assistant to the Dean, Admissions & Academic Services, will retire after 23 years of service. For nearly half of the EI’s existence, Zenaida has been at its center, ensuring that each new cohort of students can enjoy the journey of faith seeking understanding. An EI alum (MAT ’93, CAS ’11), she has used her theological education joyfully in the ministry of administration.

In addition, two long-serving EI faculty members will enter retirement. Dr. Art Thomas began teaching in the EI in 1996, teaching courses in spirituality. Dr. Thomas is retiring from full time ministry in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, and will be moving to Richmond. Dr. Brian Berry began teaching in the EI in 1998, teaching moral and systematic theology. He is a permanent Dunning Distinguished Lecturer. Brian is retiring from full time teaching at Notre Dame University of Maryland and will be moving to Ohio along with his wife Susanne.

Together, these colleagues have a combined 63 years of service to the EI. We are grateful for their commitment to our mission and generosity with our constituents, knowing that we would not have been as strong a school without them. Each will be celebrated at the annual graduation dinner.

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Loyola University Names EI Alum Vice President for Student Development

Donelda Cook, Ph.D., EI class of 2009, will become Loyola University’s vice president for student development. Dr. Cook, who went to Loyola in 1993 to become director of the Counseling Center, currently serves as associate vice president for student development. Dr. Cook earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Delaware State University, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, and both a Master of Arts in Theology and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from St. Mary’s Seminary & University. During her tenure at Loyola, Dr. Cook has twice served as acting vice president for student development. She is a member of the ministerial staff at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, DC, where she serves as a spiritual director. Dr. Cook’s scholarly publications focus on multicultural psychology and the integration of spirituality and psychology in psychotherapy with African Americans.

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DMin Partnership Moves toward Second Year

One year ago, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute announced a new partnership with Ashland Theological Seminary, offering local access to a Doctor of Ministry program. Last fall the first group of students began their DMin coursework here on the St. Mary’s campus. The program allows them to complete their first year of coursework with three intensive classes in Baltimore at St Mary’s Ecumenical Institute . Then, students finish coursework with two intensives at the Ashland campus in Ohio (one week in the Fall, one in the Spring). Finally, students develop a major ministry project which they document in a thesis.

A program overview will be presented by  the Deans of both institutions on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 pm on the St. Mary’s campus. The event is open to all. Individual admissions conversations can be scheduled for Thursday morning or afternoon, March 30. For details or to schedule an admissions conversation, contact Patty Rath (410.864.4203).

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Dunning Lecture

The Ecumenical Institute of Theology will host Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia, for its Dunning Lecture on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm. The lecture, “Liberty in the Things of God: Christian Origins of Religious Freedom,” is free and open to the public. For more information, please click here to see the flier.

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