Category: Ecumenical Institute News

EI Receives $100,000 Endowment Gift

EI-Hedeman_Toole_ Laytham The EI is pleased to announce its receipt of $100,000 to endow The Rev. Dr. George Gray Toole Course in Christian Worship. The generous gift was given by Mrs. Betsy Hedeman to honor the memory of her husband, William Heller Hedeman, by honoring the legacy of pastor-scholar, Rev. Dr. George Gray Toole who had been their pastor during his 26-year pastorate at Towson Presbyterian Church. A member of the EI faculty for close to three decades, Dr. Toole teaches worship and preaching. The gift will endow one course in worship each year.

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas to Lecture October 2nd

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, will be on campus Thursday, October 2 and will deliver a 7 pm public lecture, “Suffering Presence.” In 1986, Hauerwas published a landmark critique of Christian bioethics titled Suffering Presence: Theological Reflections on Medicine, the Mentally Handicapped, and the Church. Now looking back over the quarter century since, his lecture will focus on how Christians should care for one another through the office of medicine. Dr. Hauerwas was named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time Magazine in 2001. The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place at 7 pm in Laubacher Hall and will also serve as the kickoff for  the Ecumenical Institute’s new program, CONNECT: Faith, Health & Medicine. Following the lecture, CONNECT students will gather with Dr. Hauerwas for their first class. Neither tickets nor reservations are required. For more information: 410/864-4200,

E.I. Launching CONNECT: Faith, Health & Medicine

connect banner On October 2, the Ecumenical Institute will launch CONNECT: Faith, Health & Medicine, a new program for health care professionals, ministry professionals, and interested lay persons. CONNECT will focus on the integration of faith traditions and medical practices into a holistic understanding of healthy persons, congregations, communities, and institutions. This 8-month program leads to 9 graduate credits or various professional credits, depending on student need. The program will kick off on October 2 at 7 pm with a public lecture by Dr. Stanley Hauerwas. See the program overview for details. For more information or to register, contact program director Dr. Pat Fosarelli (410/864-4204).

Rowan Williams Delivers 2014 Dunning Lecture

2014_Williams On Thursday, April 3, Bishop Rowan Williams (the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury) delivered the 2014 Dunning Lecture, titled “Theology as a Way of Life,” to a record audience. Approximately 600 people gathered in Laubacher Hall and two simulcast areas to hear Williams’ winsome invitation to “theological behavior” that is unafraid of self-scrutiny, patient with life’s deepest mysteries, and hospitable to conversation. Inviting hearers to reflect on moments of new possibility and on practices of prayer and contemplation, Williams concluded that “what it all adds up to is joy.”

James D. G. Dunn Delivers the Dunning Lecture

James D. G. Dunn Delivers the Dunning Lecture St. Mary’s Laubacher Hall was close to full on November 20, when Dr. James D. G. Dunn delivered the Ecumenical Institute’s annual Dunning Lecture to over 250 eager listeners. The lecture, “Jesus as Remembered by John,” was followed by a lively period of Q&A and discussion. Hearts and Minds Books of Dallastown, PA sold copies of his many books, and Dunn graciously signed for all who cued up.