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The Crucifixion According to Fleming Rutledge

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The Rev. Fleming Rutledge has published a major new study of the Cross—one that will rival, in its own way, John Stott’s The Cross of Christ (380 pp., 1986) and Raymond Brown’s 2-volume The Death of the Messiah (1664 pp., 1994), Rutledge’s 620-page book, released by Eerdmans September 4, is titled The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ.

On Wednesday night, December 9, the peripatetic preacher and Episcopal priest presented the message of her new book to an eager audience at St. Mary’s Seminary & University. The event was hosted by St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute of Theology.

Rutledge began to write the volume 20 years ago when she was struck by the absence of the preaching of the Cross in the churches she visited. “Our pastor says preaching the Cross is not a good tool for growing congregations,” she quoted one lay person as saying. “No, it is not a good tool,” she responded, intimating that preaching the Cross should not be a tool at all. Preaching the Cross is of the essence of Christianity.



Rev. Fleming Rutledge to Speak at the E.I.

RutledgeOn December 9, 2015 the Ecumenical Institute will host the Reverend Fleming Rutledge, who will speak about her latest book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. Rev. Rutledge, an Episcopal priest, is widely recognized in North America and the UK as preacher, lecturer, and teacher of other preachers. Her published sermon collections have received acclaim across denominational lines. Two members of the Ecumenical Institute faculty will respond: The Rev. Dr. Amy Richter, Professor of Biblical Studies and rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, and Dr. Michael J. Gorman, Raymond Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology. (Rev. Rutledge studied with Fr. Raymond Brown, S.S.)

The lecture will take place in The Forum on the St. Mary’s campus beginning at 7 pm. Doors will open at 6 pm. Rev. Rutledge’s books will be available to purchase through Hearts & Minds Books of Dallastown, PA, and a book signing will take place after the lecture.

Seating in The Forum is limited. Thus, while the lecture is free, tickets will be required. Please CLICK HERE to register and obtain tickets.


Registration Open for Conference with N.T. Wright

Wright-speaking-300x195Registration has now opened for the N.T. Wright Conference, The Royal Power of the Cross: New Priest, New Temple & the Gospel Narrative. Lunch lecture-conversations have also been set featuring Ecumenical Institute faculty:

  • Mark Gorman, organist and theologian, examines texts and tunes of some common hymns and worship songs on the crucifixion, asking “Do They Sing the Cross ‘Wright’?” and “Where and why do they differ from Wright?”
  • Rebecca Hancock explores the interplay of “The Cross, Ancient Traditions, and Theological Imagination” in the Second Temple period, discussing its impact on ancient faith communities as well as for contemporary Jewish Christian dialogue.
  • David Greiser, pastor and homiletics professor, mines some of Wright’s holy week sermons from the synoptics, seeking “A Wright View of the Work of Christ.”
  • Michael Gorman, St. Mary’s Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies & Theology, explores “Wright Thoughts on the Cross & Christian Mission”—themes in the work of Wright and others, including himself, that impact the shape of contemporary Christian mission in light of certain abuses of the cross in the past.

This one-day conference, featuring world-renowned biblical theologian N. T. Wright, is Thursday, November 19, in Laubacher Hall on the St. Mary’s campus. The day (9 am – 4:15 pm) includes three sessions with Wright: two morning and one afternoon. A catered lunch will be served at various Roland Park churches (bus transportation provided) along with a lecture-conversation that focuses on one dimension of the implications of Wright’s presentations.

Conference fee: $100 (overnight accommodations at an additional cost). 1 CEU available for persons who attend the November 18 public lecture and all conference sessions, .8 CEU’s for the conference only.

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Holocaust Remembrance Service

Holocaust Candles200x328aThe April 22 Holocaust Remembrance Service at St. Mary’s was unique in many ways, as it structured reflection and prayer around the act of remembering women in a concentration camp who were remembering the gift and meaning of food. Because many have asked about details of the service, we provide here a link to the order of service along with the meditations given by six members of the Ecumenical Institute’s Richman-Linehan Course in Jewish Christian Studies, which focused on Food and Faith.

Holocaust Remembrance 2015 Order of Service and Reflections


2015 Graduation

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On Thursday, May 14th, Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Chancellor of the University, presided over Commencement Exercises at St. Mary’s Seminary & University.  After a welcome by Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, P.S.S., President Rector and Vice Chancellor of the University, thirty-one students received theological degrees from St. Mary’s three faculties.  The Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology conferred fourteen Baccalaureates in Sacred Theology and two Licentiates in Sacred Theology.  The School of Theology conferred three Masters of Arts (Theology) and fourteen Masters of Divinity.

The Ecumenical Institute of Theology conferred four Masters of Arts (Theology), six Masters of Arts (Church Ministries), and two Certificates in Advanced Studies (Theology).

St. Mary’s Seminary & University also conferred two Doctorates of Divinity, honoris causa, upon Rev. Msgr. Paul G. Cook and Rev. Dr. William C. Calhoun.  Msgr. Cook is a distinguished pastor and mentor to many seminarians over the years, and Rev. Dr. William C. Calhoun is a long-time and distinguished Ecumenical Institute faculty member as well as a leader in the Baltimore ecumenical faith community. Msgr. Cook delivered the commencement address on reflections on pastoral ministry, noting that he was speaking about parish ministry as the heart of where pastoral ministry takes place.



Gorman Book Launch on May 27

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Gorman_ecoming the Gospel_wrk02.inddOn Wednesday, May 27, at 7 pm, Dr. Michael Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, will offer a short overview of his latest book, Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission. Dr. John Franke of The Gospel and Our Culture Network will respond, and Stephan Bauman of World Relief will tell how his new book, Imagine What Is Possible, grew out of Gorman’s. There will follow a general discussion between them and attendees, with book signing to follow (In addition to Becoming the Gospel and Imagine What is Possible, Hearts and Minds bookstore will have a selection of other Gorman titles available. )

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in Laubacher Hall on the St. Mary’s campus. For a sense of what’s in store, check out Dr. Gorman’s interview with Eerdmans.


EI Graduation Dinner

“Delightful” is how one long-time faculty member described the celebration dinner for Ecumenical Institute graduates. The beaming smiles signified the joyful conviviality shared Saturday evening by graduates and their families, CONNECT students, faculty, staff, and EI board members. Notable moments included presentation of three awards. Brenda Logue received The Maryland Bible Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biblical Studies. Dawn Sirface received The Robert F. Leavitt Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theological Studies. Sandra Michocki received The Deans’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in The Study & Practice of Ministry.

Dr. George Toole, retiring after more than 27 years of teaching in the EI, was honored for his wonderful teaching gifts. A number of students shared what a significant impact the Ecumenical Institute has had on them, aptly summarized by one student with the simple claim, “I am a different person.”