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Bishop Rowan Williams Delivers 2014 Dunning Lecture

Bishop Rowan WilliamsOn 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. DunnSt. 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.

This year's Dunning Lecture also served as the keynote address opening a three-day conference, "Jesus, John, and History: Engaging the Legacies of C.H. Dodd and Raymond Brown," November 20-22, also on the St. Mary's campus.

Emmaus Tuition Incentive

We believe there is no better way to begin study at the Ecumenical Institute than walking and talking with a friend (see Luke 24:13-14). To encourage that, we offer a one-time tuition incentive for new students who begin together: a tuition remission of 50% for both of you on your first "E.I." course.

If you and someone you know are considering theological study, this is your opportunity to encourage one another to explore and discern together. You can take the same class or try different courses and compare notes.

Your walk begins with just one course... and may lead to...

  • more courses...
  • or perhaps a certificate in Biblical Studies, Faith Community/Parish Nursing, Religious Education, Spirituality, Urban Ministry, or Youth and Family Ministry...
  • or even a Master of Arts Degree in Theology or Church Ministries.
For more information, please contact the Ecumenical Institute office at or 410/864-4200.

McFaddens' April 12-13 Presentations a Success

Susan and John McFadden engaged and informed all who gathered to hear them here at St. Mary's this weekend! They offered new ways of looking at dementia and at both the church's and the culture's response to it. Participants came away inspired and committed to take what they'd learned back to their churches, workplaces, and families. The response was so positive we decided to post the McFadden's presentation slides here. So for those who attended as well as for those who missed out, we hope you will enjoy, make good use of, and pass along their slides for:

Friday Evening's Presentation
Saturday Morning's Presentation
Saturday Afternoon's Presentation

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin's Presentation from Tuesday's "Finding Common Ground for the Common Good"

Rabbi Nina Beth CardinMany who attended "Finding Common Ground for the Common Good" on Tuesday, April 11, have asked for a copy of the stunning presentation by Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin. She has graciously provided that here.

Download the presentation.

Introduction to the Ecumenical Institute

The Ecumenical Institute of Theology (E.I.) was founded in 1968 by St. Mary's Seminary & University, America's oldest Roman Catholic seminary, in cooperation with ecumenical leaders. St. Mary's is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Ecumenical Institute encourages people of all denominations to explore theological studies in a serious, open-minded, and supportive environment.

BooksOur students are mostly working adults who are part-time learners following the ancient motto of “faith seeking understanding.” They pursue individual courses, one of several certificates (biblical studies, parish nursing, religious education, spirituality, urban ministry, and youth ministry), and/or one of two master's degrees, the M.A. in Theology or the M.A. in Church Ministries. Classes are held mostly in the late afternoon and evening on week days. There are three terms per year: fall, winter, and summer. Tuition is very reasonable—the lowest in the region for accredited, graduate, theological education

Our student body of women and men is both interdenominational and interracial, as is our excellent faculty. Nearly all of the Ecumenical Institute's professors have earned doctorates, and a significant number are well-known published scholars. The faculty is drawn from neighboring academic and religious institutions as well as from St. Mary's.

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