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There are no updates currently to the 2014–2015 academic catalog.
Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership
Exploring Contemplative Ministry Contexts
With the Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards and the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham
Oct. 9–11, 2014
Dubose Conference Center, Monteagle, Tenn.
What would it be like to explore a model of ministry that seeks to open our selves to deeper reliance upon the Spirit’s promptings, as opposed to a corporate management model of leadership and program development? How would the awakening of our spiritual heart – along with an abiding awareness of God's presence – draw us into a delightfully risky, Spirit-focused practice of leadership? Is there a different way of being “church?”
The Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards and the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, in partnership with The Beecken Center of The School of Theology, are offering an opportunity to explore a model for contemplative leadership for ministry leaders from various contexts. Over three days, participants will work to create a space in which to reflect on the risks, joys, pressures, insights, and resonances of an intentional leadership practice that nurtures a God-rooted, Christ-oriented, Spirit-nurtured engagement of God’s presence and call. The group will explore contemplative practices through small-group reflection, case studies and discernment, with the goal of enriching their daily ministry and the lives of those in their communities.
The workshop will be a vibrant encounter of experiences with the "Good News:" a relational evangelism, an exchange of God-oriented and affirming experiences within and beyond spiritual communities. A space of practice and community will be explored that deeply resonates with spiritual experiences and fosters a shared mind-in-heart leadership practice.
The Rev. Tilden Edwards, Ph.D., an Episcopal priest, is the Founder of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C. He is the author or editor of eight books on the spiritual life, and has been a leader of spiritual formation groups and extension programs at Shalem for 40 years. His most recent book is Embracing the Call to Spiritual Depth: Gifts for Contemplative Living. He has also recently written Valuing and Nurturing a Mind-in-Heart Way: The Promise of a Contemplatively-Oriented Seminary, available through Shalem.
The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, an Episcopal priest, is rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Ga. He is the author of The Obedire Project: A Resource for Contemplative Evangelism, a curriculum guide that seeks to foster experience-based membership participation within parishes. He has also recently co-authored the article “A Hermeneutic of Appreciation: Cultivating Encounters of Spiritual Experience within Congregational Ministry” in the fall 2013 edition of the Journal of Religious Leadership.
The cost is $425 and includes meals and lodging at the DuBose Conference Center.
This year’s guest lecturer is David Brown, professor of theology, aesthetics and culture at the University of St Andrews. The topic for his lectures is “Deepening our Experience of God through the Arts.”
Brown’s lectures will encourage reflection on how the Christian experience of God can be deepened through a wider engagement with the arts. Christianity is commonly described as a religion of the word. While that is true, it is important to remember that God has also given us bodies and senses that range far more widely, while even the word is not just a matter of the purely verbal or literal but rather also has the power through our imaginations to open up further experiential horizons. Past generations of Christians were often much more aware of such possibilities than we are today. While the lectures will therefore draw on the past, the intention is to make them relevant to life in the contemporary church. Inevitably, given his background the outlook of the lecturer is quintessentially British and European. Nonetheless, he will endeavor to provide plenty of examples from the American context, to encourage audience participation and dialogue.
The School of Theology will offer one continuing education workshop titled, “New Technologies and Digital Media: Purpose and Application in Parishes.” The Rev. Joshua Case will conduct this workshop that will cover why and how social media is a relevant resource for your church.
The reception and dinner will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, beginning at 6 p.m. in lower Cravens Hall.
Alumni/ae and faculty will be on hand to sign their recent publications from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Convocation Hall. If you are an alumnus/a of The School of Theology and would like to participate in this event, please contact Sarah Limbaugh, 931.598.1378, to get more details and make a reservation.
The complete schedule is available here.
The online registration form is available at the bottom of this page. Use the online form only if you plan to use a credit card with your submission. If you wish to pay by check, please print out the form and mail to The School of Theology, 335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee, TN, 37383. Reminder — please use one form per person.
Rooms are available at the Sewanee Inn, 855.494.4466.
A block of rooms has also been reserved at a special rate at the Smoke House Lodge. To reserve one of the rooms at this special rate, use the code “SofT” when making your reservation. Their telephone number is 800.489.2091.
Scheduled for Sept. 22–24, the guest lecturer will be Sarah Coakley, the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.
The School of Theology, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy and spiritual caregivers of The Episcopal Church and religious leaders of all faiths to take this two-day disaster chaplain training. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community — or with NDIN or its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of disaster spiritual care best practices.
This two-day training prepares clergy, religious leaders or spiritual care providers to volunteer as disaster chaplains in mass care settings, or to serve as disaster chaplains within their house of worship, religious community or professional institution.
Each registrant must be endorsed for this training (by the senior religious leader who has jurisdiction over their ministry and/or currently serve as a chaplain and/or credentialed religious caregiver or leader). Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may register using their agency affiliation.
Attendance is limited to 35 participants
Tuition is $345, paid in advance — two CEUs available by request
(Continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack and training materials included)
This course is compliant with National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and incorporates FEMA Incident Command System (FEMA IS 100) training. It also complies with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Points of Consensus for Disaster Spiritual Care.
Operations & spiritual care: General principles; interventions; sites and specifics
Mental health: Introduction; impact of disaster; response and reaction
Self-care: The need and techniques; individual and community resilience
Please join us at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, for a day of focus to growing your strengths in ministry as a mentor with seminarians in field education. You may see the agenda here.
We will be distributing iPad minis to those clergy mentors without iPads or tablet and who are currently partnered with a student. If you have an Apple ID and password, please bring it so we can set it up for you. If you currenly own an iPad or tablet, please bring that with you to the meeting.
In the morning, you’ll be with our current group of students along with Gallup’s StrengthsFinder Coach, Kim Heitzenrater, director of career and leadership development at the University of the South.
In the afternoon, you’ll hear from the founder of the Clergy Leadership Institute, the Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle.
Gallup, Inc.’s more than 75 years of experience that reaches across the world has focused on the science of strengths to help millions of people discover what they do best. They are now turning that expertise in our direction, inspiring faith leaders to transform their communities and change the world!
From the the Rev. Kammy Young, director of contextual education — “Over 20 years ago Linda Grenz led a strategic planning retreat for St. Mark’s in Jacksonville, Fla. and said one simple sentence that changed my life: “What you give attention to grows.” It has becoame a daily mantra and prayer to ask myself what I hope to see grow in a person, a situation, a meeting and then make choices to give that my attention. The squeaky wheel doesn’t always get the grease anymore. Working in areas that use my strengths and address my strongest values and interest are usually a better choice than working really hard to become mediocre in areas that are weak for me.”
'Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.' (Philippians 4.8)
A monthly prize has been established to highlight accomplishments within the field education program. January's recognition goes to those adventurous souls who are willing to pursue their learning goals in formation as priests by traveling to the ends of the earth (at least if you consider Sewanee the center of the universe, as some are wont to do!)
January 2014 prizes are awarded to the following:
We especially honor those students and mentors who are willing to engage powerful Spirit-filled partnerships no matter how far away they may take you!
'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ (Acts 1.8)
The Diocese of Alabama received a grant for a new initiative titled “Be the Change Alabama.” The grant from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of The Episcopal Church represents a unique partnership among three church organizations: the Diocese of Alabama and its committed parishes; The School of Theology and its students in ministry formation; and the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) with its solid record of similar work with congregations in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
“This initiative demonstrates how a lay training center located in a seminary can forge the partnerships necessary at the national, diocesan, and congregational levels for our church to “be the change,” explained the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of The School of Theology.
Read the full press release here.
The youth minister at one of the churches Kammy Young served was famous for making her laugh, when she would be talking to him about something, by politely interrupting and saying, “well, enough about you, let’s talk about me!” So in the spirit of mutuality, assuming that perhaps you’ve heard enough about what’s important to her and the contextual education program, here are some things that are purely for YOU!
You will be able to pay online using our secure paypal account once you submit the form.
Welcome to VocationCARE, a pathway of practices for discernment for your church or ministry, a way of knowing where and how God is calling you in the midst of uncertainty.
VocationCARE is an arrangement of contemplative, conversational, and design practices for adults of all ages, either as individuals or in small groups. The learning can be easily used for personal and/or collective discernment and can also be used to create new ministry projects and programs.
A VocationCARE training will be offered, June 24–27, 2014, in Sewanee. Designed for those who want to train others to use the CARE practices, this three and one half day immersion will enable participants to bring those practices to their own ministries and be the first step toward being certified as VocationCARE trainers through the programs center. Space in each course is limited, so early enrollment is encouraged.
Some of the ministries that have utilized the VocationCARE practices include:
This is a full three-day immersion in the CARE practices. All activities will take place at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue.
June 24 — travel day
June 25 — 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
June 26 — 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
June 27 — 9 a.m.–12 Noon
On Day 1, we will create a space for holy listening and conversation. Our practice includes:
On Days 2 and 3 you will:
The schedule is configured to allow ample time for individual and group reflection, journaling, consultations, and appreciative critical feedback from facilitators.
This training equips each participant to be a facilitator of VocationCARE and is the first of two trainings required for certification.
For information about registration and accommodations, please call The School of Theology Programs Center at 931.598.1378 or 931.598.1105.
Photo(s) courtesy of Forum for Theological Education (FTE)
The programs center of The School of Theology invites church leaders to preview funded training opportunities for lay leadership April 8-11 in Sewanee, Tenn.
At the conference you will:
$350 for all conference events, including daily breakfast and lunch plus dinner Wednesday night, and to host a booth at the closing programs fair. Group rate available.
Day rate: $125 per person, group rate available.
Local day rate (Sewanee residents): $100 per person, group rate available.
For information on group rates, please contact Sarah Limbaugh at email@example.com or call 931.598.1378.
For more information contact Sarah Limbaugh, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 931.598.1378.
One of the greatest challenges and responsibilities we currently face as a religious tradition in the United States is one of cultivating a new generation in the Christian faith, the majority of whom, for the first time in our country’s history, often live their spiritual lives largely outside the ecology of the church and have little experience of Christian community, practice, story, or belief.
The School of Theology's Beecken Center is actively addressing this issue by developing programs to attract and equip multi-generational, more diverse adults for leadership in the Episcopal Church and in the world.
In partnership with the seminary and the college, The Beecken Center is a training destination for those who want to found and nurture ministries and vocational discernment throughout the church. The group process culture and superb model of mentoring developed by Education for Ministry (EfM) will both be extremely important sources of wisdom for this expansion of The Beecken Center’s ministry to the church.
Interested? If you would like to know more about The Beecken Center offerings, please fill out the form below.
Louis Weil is the Hodges-Haynes Professor Emeritus of Liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where he began teaching in 1988. Prior to that, he had taught for seventeen years at Nashotah House in Wisconsin. He began teaching in 1961 as a member of the faculty of El Seminario Episcopal del Caribe, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of California.
Weil was born in Houston, Texas, in 1935, and received his B.Mus. at Southern Methodist University in 1956. He received the M.A. in musicology at Harvard in 1958, and then entered the General Theological Seminary in NYC, where he received he S.T.B. in 1961. At that time, he accepted an assignment as a missionary priest in the Diocese of Puerto Rico, where he served congregations in the central mountains. During those same years he was teaching at the seminary near San Juan.
In the field of liturgical studies, Weil’s interests have been wide-ranging, with a primary focus upon the sacraments of initiation and the Eucharist. Other interests have included the place of children in the worshiping community, and the relation of the arts to Christian faith and practice. His published books include: Liturgy for Living, co-authored with the late Charles P. Price (Seabury Press, 1979; revised second edition, 2000); Sacraments and Liturgy: The Outward Signs (Blackwell, 1983); Gathered to Pray (Cowley, 1986); and A Theology of Worship (Cowley, 1986). His most recent book, Liturgical Sense, was published by Church Publishing in 2013. That same year, at its meeting in Montréal, the North American Academy of Liturgy named Weil the recipient of its Berakah Award for his contributions to liturgical studies both within the Anglican Communion and ecumenically.
Weil is a founding member of Societas Liturgica (1969); of the North American Academy of Liturgy (1973), which he served as president in 1980; and of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (1989). He served on the Board of Examining Chaplains for six years (1982-88), and has served for four terms on the Standing Liturgical Commission beginning in 1985. Since retirement, Weil has made his home in El Cerrito, Calif.
Registration - EfM Immersion Day 2014
Date: Friday, January 10, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Place: To be determined by number of registrations
Come join us for a valuable day of active, experiential learning and exploration! You will engage in the EfM process of theological reflection and in discussions of its history, structure, and its transformative effect on participants.
This day of immersion is certain to increase your understanding of how EfM can be a tool for the spiritual development of laity in all communities.
• Learn about the history of the international Education for Ministry (EfM) program
• Experience its content and theological reflection model
• Identify ways you can develop the spiritual growth of laity through EfM
All seminarians and spouses are invited! For seminarians, this workshop fulfills your EfM graduation requirement. Other alternatives are Mentor Training or previous EfM experience.
How to Register for the EfM Immersion Day
Register with Debbie Shrum in the EfM Office - A218, phone = 598-1775
When registering, please provide the following information:
Full name: _____________________________________________
Name on nametag: ______________________________________
Class in seminary: _______________________________________
Email address: __________________________________________
EfM experience (none, student, mentor, training): ______________
Special (medical/dietary) restrictions:
Students already enrolled in a degree programs may earn a certificate in Christian spirituality by completing coursework and reflecting on experiential learning in the area of spirituality.
To earn the certificate, a student must complete MNST 503 Spirituality for Ministry, must take a further six credit hours in the area of Christian Spirituality (for a total of nine hours), and must undertake two individually directed retreats, as outlined below. The certificate is noted on the student’s transcript.
A student planning to make a retreat to fulfill the certificate requirements must submit a proposal to one of the faculty teaching in the area of Christian spirituality for prior approval. The retreats undertaken as part of the certificate program must be in the Christian spiritual tradition. Once the retreat is approved, the student should convey the information, with the faculty member’s signature, to the registrar, who will file the approval.
One of the retreats is to be taken at St. Mary's Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development, while the other must be taken at a different location. The faculty in Christian Spirituality can offer advice about possible locations.
After completing each retreat, the student must submit a two-page reflection paper, discussing the experience, learnings, and insights from the retreat, to the faculty member who approved the retreat proposal. If the faculty member approves the reflection paper, the faculty member notifies the registrar, who records the completion of the retreat.
At the request of and with the support of the Sewanee bishops, the faculty of The School of Theology has developed a non-degree, basic course of theological studies for candidates for ordination who have special circumstances. This includes those who will be worker-priests in very specific missional contexts, those who will serve small congregations in remote locations on a part-time basis, and others who, in the judgment of the bishop, need only a more limited introduction to theological studies to ground the ministry in which they are already engaged.
It is the understanding of the dean and faculty that persons who are identified for this program by a diocese of The Episcopal Church are those who are being called to serve in very particular, limited environments, nearly always on a part-time basis, and who are persons whose principal income will be derived from non-ecclesiastical sources. In no way does the dean and faculty understand this program to be a substitute for the normative formation of candidates for ministry by the pursuit of a master of divinity degree, nor is this program to be construed as a program in Anglican Studies for those whose theological formation for ministry has taken place in non-Episcopal seminaries or in other denominations. This “academic boot camp” track is to be part of a larger process of formation established by the diocese.
The need for all priests to be able conversation partners with their bishop and fellow presbyters in the defined areas of ministry as set forth in the canons of the church was factored into the course. The seven canonical areas of ministry are typically spread over a master of divinity curriculum with adequate time for reflection and integration. This program provides a basic classroom engagement with the seven canonical areas so that each student will be grounded in the primary questions, concerns, and resources of each canonical area. While the breadth of the Christian tradition will be always considered, the particularities of the Anglican tradition and The Episcopal Church will always be emphasized.
The office of contextual education of The School of Theology has resources to assist the diocese in creating components 2 and 3 above.
The program cycle proceeds as follows with the in-residency dates listed below:
June 2014 – two-week session (June 9-20)
Week 1 – complete modules began in January
Week 2 – begin session 2
Module 1: Ethics and Anglican Moral Theology
Module 2: Contemporary Society and Christian Witness
January 2015 – two-week session (January 12-23)
Week 1 – complete modules began in June
Week 2 – begin session 3
Module 1: Church History, including Episcopal Church history and polity
Module 2: Theology, including sacramental theology
June 2015 – two-week session (dates to be determined)
Week 1 – complete modules began in January
Week 2 – begin session 4
Module 1: Pastoral Theology
Module 2: Prayer Book and Liturgy
January 2016 – two-week session (dates to be determined)
Week 1 – complete session 4
Week 2 – begin session 1
Module 1: Old Testament and Preaching
Module 2: New Testament and Preaching
Because of the wide variety of backgrounds anticipated in those who will participate in the program, the decision to participate in the programs rests solely with the bishop of the diocese from which the student comes.
The School of Theology will send a reminder to all bishops in the fall and spring of each year to register the students they anticipate will begin the program.
Tuition is $2,500 for each session. This is exclusive of food, lodging, and transportation. Costs of the program will be borne by the diocese from which the student originates. Whether the diocese passes the bill along to the student, to the parish the student serves, or in some other manner shares the cost of the program is solely at the discretion of the sending bishop.
The deadline for registering for the June 2014 session is May 16. Please contact Sandra Brock for details.
Participants in the bishops-in-residence program spend one week at The School of Theology for a time of reflection, recreation, study, and spiritual renewal. They participate as fully as they choose in the life of the community. Although there is no formal program, bishops frequently celebrate, preach, lecture, or otherwise share their experiences and insights with the seminary. Participation is via invitation.
Fellows-in-residence are clergy and laity who spend two weeks at The School of Theology for a time of reflection, recreation, study, and sharing in community. While there is no formal program, fellows are provided with faculty consultants, if they so desire, and opportunities to attend classes and other University events.
The School of Theology is now accepting applications for the fellows-in-residence program. Fellows visit for two weeks to pursue their own programs of academic study and spiritual refreshment, and to share in the seminary community. Each successful applicant receives a $500 fellowship and faculty supervision.
Fall: Oct. 20–Oct. 31, 2014
Spring: Feb. 9–20, 2015
Application deadline for either of these dates: June 13, 2014
To apply, please send the following required documents:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Dates preferred
3. 500-600 word statement about your project
You may email your letter of application along with the above to Sarah Limbaugh at email@example.com.
On May 9, 2012, The School of Theology's contextual education program and the office of communications and marketing co-hosted a workshop with the Rev. Jake Dell, senior manager of digital marketing and advertising in the Episcopal Church's Office of Communication. The workshop covered the most effective ways to communicate with your targeted audience. Church leadership from as far away as Jackson and Knoxville, Tenn. and Atlanta, Ga., came to participate. Seminarians along with local alumni/ae rounded out the audience. The workshop, the first of its kind at the School, was open to anyone interested in learning more about websites, social media, and basic marketing campaigns and will be offered on an annual basis going forward.
You may view and download these handouts from the workshop:
On April 5, 2013, The School of Theology's contextual education program and the office of communications and marketing co-hosted a workshop with guest presenters the Rev. Furman Buchanan and Randall Curtis.
Overall Church Marketing Strategies
The Rev. Furman Buchanan, T’06, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, S.C.,
• How his past experience as president of a marketing company has helped him market his church
How to Effectively Use Social Media
Randall Curtis, ministry developer for young adults and youth, Diocese of Arkansas
• Social media — what it is, how to use it, great ideas for building and engaging your targeted audience
• Blogs and low cost website alternatives
The Dos and Don’ts of Website Content
Mary Ann Patterson, director of marketing and communications, The School of Theology
• The most effective content for your website — it’s not always what you think!
• Content management — best practices
The Top Apps for Church Use
Alex Andujar, T’14, The School of Theology
Materials and videos from this workshop are available for viewing and dowloading.
Overall Church Marketing Strategies — video, The Rev. Furman Buchanan
How to Effectively Use Social Media — video, Randall Curtis
This course will undertake an in-depth review of Edwin Friedman’s approach to family process, and how its wise employment as a pastoral tool can enhance congregational ministry and mission. In so doing we will also engage Friedman’s teaching in such a way as to examine some significant biblical parallels and theological implications that heretofore neither he nor many of his interpreters have discerned or articulated.
The readings listed below will serve as primary texts. We will also make use of a variety of other resources, media, brief ministry studies, and class member contributions designed to simulate reflection and surface new insights with regard to how we love, lead, form, and guide healthy missional communities.
Edwin H. Friedman, Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue (New York: The Guilford Press, 1985).
A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, New York: Seabury Books, 2007
Friedman’s Fables, New York: The Guilford Press, 1990
Roberta M. Gilbert, Extraordinary Leadership: Thinking Systems, Making a Difference, Falls Church, VA: Leading Systems Press, 2006
Peter L. Steinke, Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What, Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2006
This course will chart the history of the Oxford Movement and its impact on the liturgy and the religious and social beliefs of the Church of England primarily, but also on the wider Anglican Communion. The Oxford Movement did not arise in a vacuum, so the course will begin by exploring the High Church and Evangelical background of late-18th century Britain. Nor did the Movement exist in a vacuum, so we will see its interaction with other Anglicans, as well as the so-called “crisis of faith” later in the 19th century. Finally, we will examine the successors of the Oxford Movement into the 20th century: slum priests, the Liberal Catholics, the liturgical renewal and the parish communion movement.
Suggested reading before the course begins:
Owen Chadwick, Newman: A Short Introduction (Oxford, 2010)
Peter B. Nockles, The Oxford Movement in Context: Anglican High Churchmanship, 1760-1857(Cambridge, 1996)
This course examines the book of Isaiah in its socio-political contexts, with particular attention to the Neo-Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian empires. The course evaluates “empire” as category for studying the ancient Near East, traces Israelite prophecy’s responses to shifting political circumstances, and considers ways in which prophecy and empire persist in our contemporary context. The book of Isaiah will be analyzed both in its constituent parts (First, Second, and Third Isaiah) and as a canonical whole.
Berquist, Jon, Judaism in Persia’s Shadow: A Social and Historical Approach, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2003.
Miller, J. Maxwell, and John H. Hayes, A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, 2nd ed., Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006. (with particular attention to pp. 221-540)
Smith-Christopher, Daniel, A Biblical Theology of Exile, Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002.
This course will examine the theological ethics of Stanley Hauerwas, one of the most prolific and influential American writers in this field. Taking both a developmental and thematic approach, topics considered will be such distinctively Hauerwasian issues as vision, virtue, agents and agency, narrative, character, community, suffering, pacifism, medical ethics, the mentally handicapped, and the Church. Hauerwas’s ambiguous ecclesial status as both Methodist and Episcopalian, with deep indebtedness to the Roman Catholic and Mennonite traditions, will also be considered, as well as his recent attempts to re-focus Christian preaching on theology.
Richard Adams, Watership Down (various editions).*
Stanley Hauerwas, The Hauerwas Reader [HR], edited by John Berkman and Michael Cartwright (Duke University Press, 2001).
Stanley Hauerwas, A Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching(Brazos Press, 2009).
Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir (Eerdmans, 2010).*
*texts to be read as background: our time in the classroom will focus primarily on The Hauerwas Reader and A Cross-Shattered Church, although we will discuss Watership Down and Hannah’s Child as well.
A seminar on the ritual patterns of the Christian Initiation and Holy Eucharist with attention to the evolution and theology of effective pastoral practice for the church today. Readings will emphasize current pastoral practice against the background of grounded liturgical theology.
Colin Buchanan, ed., Anglican Eucharistic Liturgies, 1985-2010
Maxwell Johnson, The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation
Paul Bradshaw and Maxwell Johnson, The Eucharistic Liturgies: Their Evolution and Interpretation
Patrick Malloy, Celebrating the Eucharist
James F. Turrell, Celebrating Initiation
This course will focus on three aspects of the spirituality of preaching. Participants will explore ways in which they appropriate the vocation and identity of the preacher, and the ‘way of the preacher’ as a spiritual path. We will examine sermon preparation as a spiritual practice, and consider various meditative disciplines that may contribute to its depth. And we will reflect on the act of preaching as a religious experience of co-creativity with God.
Participants prepare for the course by reading:
Ruthanna Hooke, Transforming Preaching, Church Publishing 2010
Thomas G. Long, Preaching From Memory to Hope, Westminster John Knox 2009
Martin L. Smith, The Words for Passion: Preaching as the Meeting Place of Divine and Human Desire, 1996 (Booklet available in PDF format on application from Shawn Horton, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Drawing on the distinctive strengths of The School of Theology (including its Advanced Degree Program in the summer), the School of Letters, and the English Department of the College of Arts and Sciences, the M.A. with a concentration in Theology and Literature is a flexible program that acknowledges Sewanee’s unique ability to contribute to an internationally-recognized and vibrant field of interdisciplinary inquiry. The core curriculum ensures an understanding of the biblical narrative and the approaches of modern biblical criticism, while allowing students ample freedom to take appropriate electives in both theology and literature. Beginning and ending the program with two summers in the School of Letters allows students to complete their course-work in 14 months. Students consult with the Program Coordinator to determine the specific shape of their degree, in light of their interests, and will pursue a related thesis project with an appropriate advisor.
Old Testament (6 hrs)
New Testament (6 hrs)
Bibliography, Research, and Writing (1 hr)
Seminar in Theology and Literature (3 hrs)
Students receive a grounding in the biblical narrative and biblical criticism, through completion of the basic survey courses in the Old and New Testaments. Students also take the introductory course in Bibliography, Research, and Writing required of all first-year students.
Electives are chosen in consultation with one’s adviser from appropriate offerings in The School of Theology, the School of Letters, and the English Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. They are to include at least four courses taken in the School of Letters.
Students write a formal, academic thesis as the culmination of their work towards the degree. Working in consultation with a thesis adviser chosen by the student, the student develops a proposal in their second summer. The development of the proposal is an important part of the process and forms the foundation of the thesis; therefore, the student registers for three hours of independent study in the second summer. The student is expected to be in regular contact with the thesis adviser over the course of the summer to develop the thesis. The thesis adviser may be drawn from The School of Theology or the School of Letters faculty. Once the adviser has approved the proposal, the student may begin.
After the proposal has been approved, the student registers for six hours of thesis work. The thesis may be undertaken while in-residence, but it is expected that at least some students will choose to write the thesis elsewhere. The thesis is read and assessed by two faculty members, the adviser and a second reader, who assign a grade for the work after an oral defense (which may be accomplished by conference call, Skype, or in-person). A final, library copy of the thesis is submitted to the office of academic affairs for binding; final submission must take place by April 1 for graduation the following May.
The M.A. thesis is an original scholarly monograph, 40 to 60 pages in length.
First Summer: 3 courses (9 hrs)
(2 literature courses in School of Letters)
Fall: 5 courses (13 hrs)
Old Testament I
New Testament I
Bibliography, Research, and Writing (1 credit hour)
2 electives (School of Theology and/or English Department)
Spring: 4 courses (12 hrs)
Old Testament II
New Testament II
Seminar in Theology and Literature
1 elective (School of Theology or English Department)
Second Summer: 2 courses and proposal (9 hrs)
(2 literature courses in School of Letters)
(independent study/thesis proposal)
Thesis (6 hrs)
To learn more about the School of Letters, visit their website.
The ROSE Model is a planning design for educational events aimed at describing and facilitating the clearest and most efficient planning and execution of courses of study and learning events. The term ROSE is an alliteration for rationale, objective(s), strategy(ies), and evaluation, the four steps in preparing a “ROSE” for a given study.
Efficiency is achieved by a mutually agreed upon statement in which the educational event to take place is described in such a way that at the completion of the experience learning may be measured in appropriate ways. A strategy is pro¬vided by which the instructor is guided in accomplishing the teaching. The ROSE gives the student a guide by which they may know what is intended to be taught, what strategies may be used, and what evaluation will take place. This measurement, or evaluation, customarily results in a grade given for the course of study to report the extent to which the objectives of the course have been accomplished by the student.
A carefully designed ROSE Model assures the student that the instructor has planned a course with a specific direction in mind and with the contents of the course fully disclosed from the beginning. The student is saved from a meander¬ing course, which moves at the whim of the instructor. A carefully designed ROSE Model assures the instructor that the students are aware of the requirements of the course. The evaluation to be accomplished is determined in advance so that there are no complaints of unjustified surprise by the students at the completion of the study.
The ROSE Model for any given course of study should be stated as briefly as possible in clear and precise language. The following guidelines are aimed at helping accomplish this clarity and precision:
The RATIONALE indicates why the topic, course title, or lesson is important to the curriculum and the situation of the student at the moment. It may indicate why the learning event comes at the point at which it does in the total learning process of the curriculum.
The OBJECTIVE indicates the specific learning expectation for the student. It indicates what skills, knowledge, or ex¬pertise is sought under the general topic of the course or lesson. Where will the student be in their thinking at the end of the course, or what will they know that they did not know at the beginning of the study? Insofar as is possible, the objectives should be stated in behavioral terms. In courses of cognitive study, however, this is not always convenient or possible.
The STRATEGY is the manner in which the objective or objectives will be accomplished. Here is stated step by step what will take place in the teaching. At The School of Theology, the customary strategies include lectures and semi¬nars, but other kinds of teaching and learning may be included. The reading of texts, interviews with knowledgeable persons, library research, and classroom presentations by the students are other strategies, which may be used.
The EVALUATION is the instrument or activity used to measure the extent to which the student has accomplished the objectives. This instrument or activity may include writing a paper, taking a test, or accomplishing the classroom presentation mentioned above. The evaluation may include classroom participation in discussions. Whatever evalua¬tion is chosen to be accomplished should let the instructor know to what extent the objectives of the course have been achieved by the student. (Practically speaking, it is difficult for the evaluation to cover all elements of the objectives.)
[49 credit hours]
Drawing on the distinctive strengths of The School of Theology, The Center for Religion and the Environment, and the Environmental Studies Program and affiliated departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, the MA with a concentration in Religion and the Environment is a flexible program that utilizes Sewanee’s unique ability to contribute to an internationally-recognized and vibrant field of interdisciplinary inquiry. After a basic grounding in the tools of biblical studies, theology, and ethics, distribution requirements guide students so they are exposed to a variety of perspectives on environmental issues, ranging from the "hard sciences" to policy studies. Further elective work within the concentration allows the student to pursue specific interests, and a research project serves as the capstone in the concentration.
Students who have completed similar coursework at the time of matriculation may receive advanced standing for work already completed.
Old Testament Foundations I
Old Testament Foundations II
New Testament Foundations I
New Testament Foundations II
Introduction to Moral Theology
Systematic Theology I
Bibliography, Research, and Writing
Environmental theology (at least 3 hrs)
THEO 560 Creation, Evolution, and God (Crysdale)
THEO XXX Opening the Book of Nature: Creation, Ecology, and Economy (MacSwain/Gottfried)
Environmental Ethics (at least 3 hrs)
PHIL230: Environmental Ethics (Peters)
CEMT XXX: Environmental Ethics (MacSwain)
Environmental Policy (at least 3 hrs)
Fors 201: Natural Resource Issues and Policies (K. Smith)
Fors 270: Water Policy
POLS/ECON 381 Politics of Sustainable Development (Gottfried)
ENST 334. Environmental Policy
ENST 210: The Politics of Energy and Climate Change
ECON 335: Environmental Economics (Econ 101 prerequisite)
ENST 216: Global Environmental Problems and International Politics
Comparative religious environmentalism (at least 3 hrs)
REL 307. Religious Environmentalism (Brown)
REL 341. Religion and Ecology (G. Smith)
RELG 353: Buddhism and the Environment (Brown: offered every two years)
RELG 393: Rural Religion
Environmental Science (at least 3 hrs)
Bio 130 Investigations in Field Biology
Bio 209 Conservation Biology
Bio 210 Ecology
Bio 211 Biodiversity
Chemistry 103: Earth, Air, Water and Fire
Fors 121 Introduction to Forestry
Geol 121 Introduction to Geology
In addition to the fifteen hours listed above, a minimum of nine additional credit hours of coursework will be taken from the above courses or from those on the following list. These will be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor to create a concentration emphasis on policy, humanities/arts, or science. (To complete the 49 credit hours for the degree, three elective hours may be taken outside of the concentration and the core curriculum.)
ANTH 298 Ecological Anthropology (Ray)
ANTH 312: Place, Ritual, and Belief – Prerequisite: Anth 104 (offered every two years)
ENGL 2??: Environmental Poetry and Contemplation (coming soon)
ENGL 370: British Romanticism: the Early 19th Century
ENGL 393: Faulkner (when taught by J. Grammer)
ENGL 394: Literature of the American South (when taught by J. Grammer)
ENGL 396 American Environmental Literature (also American Studies, Environmental Studies) (John Gatta)
Enst 200 Environmental Studies
ENST 283. Environmental History
ENST 302. Ecology, Evolution, and Agriculture
HIST 100: Environment in History
HIST 386: African Environmental History
MUSC 269: Music of the Birds and Bees: Music and Nature
THEA 4??: Performing the Environment
RUSS 363: Environment and Ecocide in Russian Literature
Biology 107: People and the Environment
Biology 109: Food and Hunger: Contemplation and Action
Biology 114: Botany
Biology 200: Entomology
Biology 201: Ornithology
Biology 202: Invertebrate Zoology
Biology 204: Parasitology
Biology 206: Plant Ecology
Biology 207: Biology of Lower Plants
Biology 215: Fungi
Biology 216: Algae and Bryophytes
Biology 221: Environmental Physiology of Plants
Biology 232: Human Health and the Environment
Biology 250: Molecular Evolution
Biology 305: Plant Physiology
Biology 310: Plant Evolution & Systematics
Biology 313: Ecosystems and Global Change
Biology 340: Microbiology
Computer Science 120: Introduction to Environmental Computing
Environmental Studies 201: Organic Agriculture
Environmental Studies 302: Ecology, Evolution, and Agriculture
Forestry 204: Forest Wildlife Management
Forestry 211: Dendrology
Forestry 212: Forestry in the Developing World
Forestry 230: Urban Forest Management
Forestry 303/Geology 303: Soils
Forestry 305: Forest Ecology
Forestry 312: Silviculture
Forestry 314/Geology 314: Hydrology
Forestry 316: Tropical & Boreal Forest Ecosystems
Forestry 319: Natural Resource Management
Geology 121: Physical Geology
Geology 215: Geological Resources
Geology 222: Historical Geology
Geology 230: Paleoecology
Geology 235: Earth Systems and Climate Change
Geology 323: Geology of the Western U.S.
Physics 105: Environmental Physics
Psychology 353: Animal Behavior
The student will undertake an independent research project. This is done in the last year of enrollment. In the fall term, the student secures the agreement of a reader/adviser from the School of Theology and a reader/advisor from the College to supervise the project. The student develops a project proposal in consultation with the readers, and no later than November 15 submits the proposal to the program adviser. The program adviser circulates the proposal to the steering committee, which approves or rejects the proposal. In the spring semester, the student registers for 3 credit hours of research. The research paper is to be a contribution to scholarly discussion. It is to be 5,500-7,500 words in length, exclusive of documentation and is to be submitted to the faculty readers/advisers once it is completed, no later than April 15 for graduation the following May.
The School of Theology catalog represents the policies and procedures that apply to all incoming students at the time of their enrollment for the duration of their program. However, students are expected to abide by policies which may change during their enrollment and current policies may be found on the website. Updates to the current year catalog may be found here.
The School of Theology's academic catalog for 2013–2014 is available below. Beginning in 2012–2013, catalogs may be found online and may be printed from the website. Catalogs prior to 2012–2013 are in print format only.
Dr. Cynthia Crysdale, professor of Christian ethics and theology, and the University of the South will present a daylong conference addressing the question of whether the classical Christian understanding of God as unchanging, omnipotent, and beneficent is still coherent in the face of modern scientific understanding of the cosmos. The conference, based on Crysdale's and co-author Neil Ormerod's forthcoming book, Creator God, Evolving World, will answer “Yes!” Despite claims that evolutionary science rules out belief in a transcendent God, or that we must now adjust our view of God to accommodate change, these scholars insist that modern science and traditional theology are completely compatible. These issues and their implications will be the focus of a series of presentations at the conference.
The conference will be held in Guerry Auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a book signing in Convocation Hall prior to the conference. There is no fee to attend and the public is welcome. The conference is sponsored by the University Lectures Committee and the Arrington Lecture Fund.
Book Signing: Convocation Hall, 8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Presenters who have had books published recently will have them available for sale and signing.
Welcome, Guerry Auditorium, 9:30 a.m.–9:35 a.m.
Cynthia Crysdale, Professor of Christian Ethics and Theology, The School of Theology, University of the South
Session 1: Guerry Auditorium, 9:35 a.m. –10:30 a.m.
Creator God, Evolving World
Neil Ormerod, Professor of Theology, Faculty of Theology and Philosphy, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia
Questions 10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Session 2: Guerry Auditorium, 10:45 a.m. –11:45 a.m.
Evolution: Is It All An Accident?
David Haskell, Professor of Biology, University of the South
Nathan Wilson, Domain Manager, University of the South
Questions 11:45 a.m.–12:00 Noon
Lunch break, on your own: 12:00 Noonn–1:15 p.m.
Session 3: Guerry Auditorium, 1:15-2:15
God-talk: What kind of Creator Do We Have?
John Haught, Senior Research Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University
Rebecca Abts Wright, C.K. Benedict Professor of Old Testament, The School of Theology, University of the South
Questions 2:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Session 4: Guerry Auditorium, 2:30- 3:30
Purpose And Providence -- Where Is It All Headed And Does God Care?
Robert MacSwain, Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics, The School of Theology, University of the South
Tam Parker, Associate Professor of Religion, University of the South
Questions 3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Coffee and Tea Break in Convocation Hall, 3:45- 4:15
Session 5: Guerry Auditorium, 4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
What Difference Does it Make? -- Implications for Lived Christianity
Mollie Roberts, M.Div. Student at The School of Theology, University of the South
Louisa T. Parsons, Rector, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, Ooltewah, TN
Questions 5:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Cynthia S.W. Crysdale is professor of Christian ethics and theology. Before coming to Sewanee, Crysdale taught for 18 years at the Catholic University of America. There she served as associate dean for undergraduate programs at the University’s School of Theology and Religious Studies. Crysdale graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada, with a B.A. degree in psychology. She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in theology from St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.
Neil James Ormerod is the professor of theology at the Australian Catholic University. He has worked professionally as a theologian for more than 25 years. He is widely published in Australia and internationally with articles in leading international journals. Prior to taking up a career in theology he taught mathematics. His theological education was with the Melbourne College of Divinity.
David George Haskell is professor of biology at the University of the South. He received his B.A. from the University of Oxford and Ph.D. from Cornell University. His research and teaching examine the conservation, evolution and ecology of animals. His book, The Forest Unseen (2012, Viking/Penguin), was hailed by E. O. Wilson as “new genre of nature writing, located between science and poetry, in which the invisible appear, the small grow large, and the immense complexity and beauty of life are more clearly revealed.”
Nate Wilson is the domain manager at the University of the South. In that capacity he is responsible for many land management decisions across the 13,000 acre Sewanee campus known as the Domain. Prior to his work for the University, he was a consultant in wildlife biology and forestry on the Cumberland Plateau where he worked primarily with private landowners and conservation NGOS. Nate holds degrees in natural resources management, forestry, and wildlife ecology.
John F. Haught is senior fellow, science & religion, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University. He was formerly professor in the department of theology at Georgetown University (1970-2005) and chair (1990-95). His area of specialization is systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology, and religion. He received his Ph. D. from Catholic University. Haught has authored numerous books, articles, and reviews. He lectures internationally on many issues related to science and religion.
Rebecca Abs Wright is the C. K. Benedict Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew at The School of Theology. She is an ordained United Methodist minister who loves to teach. Her teaching style not only helps students understand the Old Testament in its historical context, but also how it is relevant to the church today.
A philosophy graduate of Liberty University (B.A., 1992), Robert MacSwain studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1995) and the University of Edinburgh (M.Th., 1996). His M.Th. thesis, supervised by Fergus Kerr OP, was on Martin Luther and St. Thomas Aquinas as readers of the Apostle Paul. After teaching religion at Brooks School in North Andover, MA, he entered the ordination process in the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina and completed his clinical pastoral education at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. This was followed by a year of Anglican studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, and an internship as research assistant to Archbishop George Carey at Lambeth Palace.
Tam Parker is associate professor and chair of the department of religion at the University of the South. She teaches in the area of social ethics, Jewish and holocaust and religious violence studies. Her current project analyses the relation of genocidal discourses and the building and dismantling of cultures of atrocity.
Mollie M. Roberts is a current seminarian in her senior year at the School of Theology of the University of the South. Originally from Florida, she has both a bachelors in accounting and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. Roberts came to seminary from the Diocese of Georgia following an extensive business career which included being a business owner and ten years as a professor in the college of business administration at Savannah State University.
Louisa Tucker Parsons is currently rector of St. Francis of Assisi in Ooltewah, Tenn. She received her M.Div. from The School of Theology in 2002, 25 years after graduating in the fourth undergraduate class of women accepted at Sewanee with a B.A. in economics. A native East Tennessean, she has served as curate for St. James Episcopal Church in Knoxville and assistant rector of Grace Church in Chattanooga. She also served as hospital chaplain for Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, and worked for five years was a chaplain for Hospice of Chattanooga.
All classes are scheduled to meet Monday through Friday at the designated times, unless otherwise specified. Most courses require reading prior to the start of class. Each professor has the prerogative to exclude a student from class for failure to meet this requirement. Additional reading may be assigned during the course. The standard guide for written papers in the Advanced Degrees Program is Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed., University of Chicago Press, 2007, which reflects the citation of The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.
In this course we look closely at early, eastern varieties of Christianity. The history of early Christianity is usually told from the perspective of Greek and Latin-speaking communities, but we will focus our attention instead on the wealth of literature that survives from Christian communities who lived in areas as diverse as Syria, Mesopotamia, Persia, India and China, who largely spoke and wrote in a dialect of Aramaic called ‘Syriac,’ and who have survived as a minority religion from the earliest centuries until today.
To read before the course begins:
Samuel Moffett, A History of Christianity in Asia, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
Primary sources will include:
Gospel of Thomas
Acts of Thomas
Bardaisan, The Book of the Laws of the Countries
Aphrahat, Demonstrations [selections]
Ephrem, Hymns on Paradise
Jacob of Serug
Leontius of Neapolis, Life of Symeon the Holy Fool,
Life of Symeon Stylites
The Acts of Mar Mari the Apostle
Persian Martyr Acts [selections]
Barhadbeshabba, The Cause of the Foundation of the Schools
Timothy I, The Debate on the Christian Faith Isaac of Nineveh, The Second Part [selections]
The ‘Nestorian’ or jingjiao stele
Thoughtful Christians and intellectuals in general have long been aware that the Bible offers various theological interpretations of Jesus, which in turn raises the question of how Jesus might be viewed when interpreted through the lens of historical reasoning. This course will attempt to answer this question and through it the related question of how the earliest interpretations of Jesus themselves were constructed.
To be read before the course begins:
Sanders, Jesus and Judaism (Fortress Press, 1985)
The Historical Figure of Jesus (Penguin, 1993)
Fredriksen, From Jesus to Christ (2nd ed; Yale, 2000)
Raïsänen, The Rise of Christian Beliefs (Fortress, 2010)
Vermes, The Changing Faces of Jesus (Penguin, 2000)
White, Scripting Jesus (Harper, 2010)
This course will explore the distinctive historical, theological, and homiletical features of preaching within Anglican and other liturgical traditions.
Special attention will be paid to key figures and moments in the history of preaching, to the development of the student's own theology of preaching in her or his own tradition, and to the contemporary practice of preaching within those traditions. Students will present sermons in class as a part of their graded work.
To be read before the course begins:
Ellen F. Davis, Wondrous Depth: Preaching the Old Testament
Rowan Williams, Ray of Darkness
This course garners "expert" wisdom from scholars and practitioners with distinct disciplinary perspectives who have variously considered the nature and power of human hope and the potential threats to hope faced by marginalized populations and the caregivers who seek to aid them. Young African American men will serve as a primary lens to investigate the problem of threatened hope, muteness, and invisibility. However, care for other unacknowledged groups including, but not limited to, the imprisoned, the poor, the wealthy, and the elderly will be discussed.
To be read before the course begins:
Nathan McCall, Them
Donald Capps, Agents of Hope: A Pastoral Psychology
Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited
This course presents an overview of Anglican theology by addressing official Anglican formularies, liturgies and statements as these relate to different aspects of ecclesiology and theology and across different periods. Rather than a straightforwardly chronological approach, we will discuss the theology and theological implications of ‘official’ and semi-official documents and liturgies of the Church of England, The Episcopal Church, The Anglican Communion, as well as other national and regional churches. We begin with doctrinal statements of the English Reformation and briefly at how these have been understood in non-English Churches, before moving to liturgy, ecclesiology and current issues in Anglicanism. The historical context of each set of texts will be explored by supplementary reading and classroom notes.
To read before the course begins:
*Mark Chapman, Anglican Theology (T & T Clark, 2012) (or more briefly, Mark Chapman, Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2006).
Samuel Wells, What Anglicans Believe: An Introduction (Morehouse Publishing, 2011)
God After Darwin
Sept. 21, 2012
Made possible by The School of Theology
Cynthia Crysdale and Neil Ormerod
Creation, Evolution, and God
Sept. 22, 2012, day-long conference
Made possible by the University Lectures Committee and the Arrington Lecture Fund
Thomas G. Long
Preaching in More Than One Language: Enchantment, Wisdom, and Embodiment
Oct. 31–Nov. 2 , 2012, as part of the 2012 DuBose Lectures and Alumni Gathering
Made possible by the DuBose Lecture Fund
The Oxford Movement and the Episcopal Church
March 18, 2013
Made possible by the Beattie Lecture Fund
Lecture 1: How to Write a Theological Sentence
Lecture 2: How to Preach Theological Sermon
June 19–20, 2013, (as part of the Advanced Degrees Program)
Made possible by the Arrington Lecture Fund
All lectures are free and open to the public.
With the recent renewal of focus on lay theological education, Education for Ministry (EfM) is more than ever a significant part of The School of Theology’s mission to educate and cultivate lay leadership for the Church. EfM is a unique certificate program of experiential theological education for laity under the direction of The School of Theology. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 30,000 students in discovering how to respond to the call of Christian service. EfM helps students encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.
An EfM group of six to 12 students with a trained mentor meet weekly for two and a half to three hours over the course of a nine-month academic year. Some groups meet in traditional face-to-face small groups in a local parish, others meet entirely online and may include participants in many different places. The program takes four years to complete and is broken up into these courses of study:
• Year One: The Hebrew Bible
• Year Two: The New Testament
• Year Three: Church History
• Year Four: Theology, Ethics, Interfaith Encounter
An EfM group is defined by its harmony of purpose. It is not simply a Bible study group, nor a religious study course, but a small community of praxis focused on study, worship, and intentional theological reflection. There is a balance among these components for none is complete without the other two. The work of reflection is informed by knowledge of the breadth of the Christian tradition and formed by the practice of regular worship together. The study of Christian tradition is deepened through prayerful presence with one another and reflection on the experience of Christians across the centuries as well as across the table. Regular worship together draws from ongoing reflection on the lived life of faith and an understanding of how Christian worship has been and is shaped by culture and context.
Karen Meridith, director of EfM, describes the program this way, "EfM graduates become persons of faith who have internalized a way of looking at the world through a theologically informed lens, who can articulate the call to ministry as baptized members of the Body of Christ, and who are prepared to work humbly with others with different experiences and perspectives. I believe these are just the kind of lay leaders the Church needs as we move forward in mission together."
Students at The School of Theology, along with many of the spouses, attend an EfM Immersion Workshop to acquaint them with this premier educational program for the laity of the Church.
Visit the EfM website for complete details.
An overview of EfM's strategic plan for the future may be found here.
Questions? Interested in learning more about EfM? Fill out this online form and someone will be in touch!
Westcott House, the theological college at Cambridge University, U.K.; the Advanced Degrees Program at The School of Theology, the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.; and the Episcopal Preaching Foundation are pleased to invite registrations to the Cambridge Summer 2012 Preaching Conference at Westcott House, July 2-5, 2012. An extended session for Advanced Degrees Program students will be held July 5-9.
The conference will bring 12 U.S. and 24 U.K. clergy together for lectures, preaching groups, discussion, and worship under the leadership of Mark Oakley, Martin Seeley, Ellen Wakeham and William Brosend.
Cost for the conference is £300, including room and board at Westcott House. Registrants should arrange for their own travel. Academy International Travel Services of Atlanta is available to assist if needed.
The additional fee for the extended session is £200 which covers food and lodging only. Tuition for Advanced Degrees Program students is additional and payable to The School of Theology.
A deposit of $400 is due Dec. 15 to reserve a space, and will be accepted in the order received until 12 deposits from the United States are received. After that, names will go on a wait list.
Payment for the conference may be made by mail to the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, 335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee Tenn., 37383, or by calling Barbara Vitti at 973.467.0070 for deposit by credit card. Partial refunds are possible prior to March 1, 2012. (Note: There are no scholarships from the Foundation or The School of Theology for this conference. Scholarships for tuition costs for Advanced Degrees Program students are available to those students, through the customary financial aid application process.)
Note: The 2012 DuBose Lectures, scheduled for Oct. 31–Nov. 2, will feature Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy professor of preaching and coordinator of the initiative in religious practices and practical theology at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. The title of his lectures is "Preaching in More than One Language: Enchantment, Wisdom, and Embodiment."
Barbara Brown Taylor explored the topic — Learning to Walk in the Dark: Negative Theology for Emerging Christians.
Links to videos of the workshops will be available soon.
Panelists: The Rev. Canon Simón Bautista Betances, Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s Canon for Latino Ministries; The Rev. Richard Aguilar, St. Margaret's and San Francisco de Asis Episcopal Church, Miami Lakes, Fla.; Julio Cuellar, “Cantautor Boliviano,” and The Rev. Judith Comer, St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Fort Payne, Ala. Moderated by John Solomon, Visiting Instructor in Pastoral Spanish, The School of Theology
Presentation topics included the Episcopal Church’s Strategic Vision for reaching Latinos/Hispanics, the nature of the Latino community, how to create community, and some of the challenges that exist.
A celebration of a Holy Eucharist service in Spanish included Spanish songs typical of a Latino service.
The Episcopal Church has produced a strategic vision for reaching Latinos/Hispanics.
Panelists: Sharon Ely Pearson, Christian Formation Specialist at Church Publishing Inc.; The Rev. Carolyn Coleman, Contingent Faculty in Christian Formation; The Rev. Howard Castleberry, T'09, Rector of Christ Church, Nagadoches, Texas. Moderated by Karen M. Meridith, Director of Education for Ministry
The panel offered perspectives on issues encountered "on the ground," information about new trends and resources available, and the role of the seminary in preparing students for ministry that encourages lifelong Christian formation in parishes.
Panelist: The Rev. Susan Springer, Rector, St. John's in Logan, Utah
This workshop offered preachers hands-on, take-away tools for creating powerful images with words. Participants learned techniques for mining lectionary readings to craft word-pictures that can help bring Scripture and its exegesis alive-and-kicking for the hearer. Springer, T'09, is a book author former faculty member at the Preaching Excellence Program (PEP).
Panelists: Barbara Stafford, Vincent Mathis, Gwen Foss, and Dawn Caldwell. Moderated by Barbara Stafford
Topics for discussion included Work Time vs. Family Time: A Discussion of Useful Guidelines; Get in Where You Fit in: Sorting out Church Work and Worship as a Clergy Spouse; How to Survive the Politics of Church Life; and Creating a Support Group of Clergy Spouses.
All of the photographs taken during the DuBose lectures and Alumni Gathering are available here for viewing, sharing or downloading.
The Advanced Degrees Program at The School of Theology is a summer program designed to increase professional knowledge in the practice of ministry for clergy. Classes build the relationship between the practice of ministry and biblical, historical, and theological studies by combining learning in community with a cycle of daily prayer and worship in the Anglican tradition.
Most students will register for two (2) of the following courses this summer:
"Opening the Book of Nature"
Dr. Robin Gottfried, professor of economics emeritus, and director of the Center for Religion and the Environment, University of the South
Dr. Cynthia Crysdale, professor of Christian ethics and theology, The School of Theology, and co-author of the recently published Creator God, Evolving World
"Preaching Feasts and Holy Days"
Dr. Lauren Winner, assistant professor of Christian spirituality, Duke Divinity School, writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her most recent book is Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis.
The Rev. Dr. William F. Brosend, professor of homiletics, The School of Theology, and the executive director for the Episcopal Preaching Foundation.
"Ordination and Eucharist: the Theological Foundations of the Presider's Role"
The Rev. Dr. Louis Weil, Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, author of Liturgical Sense, Church Publishing, 2013.
The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of The School of Theology, professor of liturgy, Charles Todd Quintard Professor of Dogmatic Theology
The Rev. Melissa M. Hartley, Ph.D, associate University chaplain
"Anglicanism: Love's Redeeming Work?"
The Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. King, associate professor of Church history, The School of Theology, currently co-editing two books on John Henry Newman for Oxford University Press
"New Testament Theology"
Dr Paul A. Holloway, professor of New Testament, The School of Theology, currently writing the Hermeneia commentary on Philippians
I am a senior at The School of Theology. Because I came to seminary from a large suburban parish, I wanted my Field Education experience to be in a smaller rural church. I also wanted to stay in Sewanee so I could enjoy the beautiful summer here on the mountain. My internship consisted of a 2011 “summer immersion” working with the Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hutton, who leads St. James Church at Midway (midway between Sewanee and Monteagle) and Christ Church in Tracy City, both of which are in the diocese of Tennessee.
Between the generous teaching and counsel of the Rev. Dr. Hutton and the gracious hospitality of the two congregations, I quickly felt like a welcome addition to both of these small churches. In each intimate setting, I was invited to participate in the joy of their worship, preach on several Sundays, hear their stories at coffee hour, and observe the real affection and pastoral care that these close-knit members offered to each other.
My main project for the summer was to help with the planning and implementation of Vacation Bible School, which was sponsored by a number of local Episcopal churches. I witnessed smaller churches pool their resources to offer a program that served the greater community more effectively. Whether in the closeness of the members of each congregation or in the cooperation of churches working together, I was reminded last summer that living and sharing the Christian life involves much more than numbers or material resources.
Wow, what a summer! I had the wonderful opportunity to do my field education immersion in two different congregations — Church of the Advent in Boston, Ma., and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Ga. I chose these two congregations because both are deeply committed to evangelism in their respective communities. But more specifically, I chose the Church of the Advent because of its rich history of Anglo-Catholic worship and evangelism. I chose St. Paul’s because it is perhaps one of the largest, and still growing, African-American/Afro Caribbean congregations in the Episcopal Church.
While at the Advent I had the opportunity to preach, administer pastoral care, and serve as sub deacon at the Feast of Corpus Christi, which included solemn benediction and a procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Boston with a brass band. My heart was lifted to heaven! During my time at the Advent I was impressed at the ability of the liturgy to change hearts and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through beauty and a warm welcome.
Although I am an African-American, I have never had an opportunity to truly worship in a predominantly African-American/Afro Caribbean environment. This for me was indeed a great joy and honor. During my time at St. Paul’s, I learned the importance of dynamic preaching and how to help a struggling congregation to grow not only in pledges, but also most importantly, how to spread the Word of God and equipped the saints for the work of ministry in an inner-city setting. In addition to honing my preaching skills, I was able to draw on all of my New Testament class notes and lectures to teach a five-week adult Christian education bible study. The best compliment I received from one of the participants was that in addition to my teaching the intellectual things, I made it relevant to their life’s issues. I thank God for such a wonderful opportunity to share my summer with two very wonderful congregations.
I spent six weeks in Vienna, Austria, working full time as an intern at the English Speaking United Methodist Church. The congregation is made up of around 200 refugees, diplomats, contract workers, migrants, ex pats, students, and many others who come to Vienna from over 35 different countries, including other parts of Austria. The tie that binds this community together is that they are all strangers in a strange land who crave familial relationships with others, not only to worship and praise God, but also to rejoice, cry, hope, and dream together as a community.
In my field education experience I was able to attend the Austrian Annual Conference and I learned how to conduct pre-marital counseling and a wedding. I also helped lead confirmation classes, bible studies, and worship services. I also interviewed congregation members to examine how multicultural power dynamics played into congregational dynamics. Since this church is entirely self-funded, I am currently putting together videos to help the ESUMC share their story back here in the U.S.
As Christendom fades and the Church continues to lose membership, we must face the reality that the majority of those that need ministry exist out in the world, and not within the walls of our churches. If we wish to reach them, we must reach out to them. My field education experience as an internship with Seamen’s Church Institute allowed me to do this very thing.
I was honored to be the first River Chaplain Intern of an organization that has been supporting the Merchant Marine since 1834. Founded to offer hospitality and safety to sailors, it has since expanded to include professional education, legal support, and the outreach of chaplains.
Working along beside the crews of these boats, I rode the waters of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, as well as the Intercostal Waterway. Never spending more than two nights on any one craft, I hopped from boat to boat, attempting to maximize my contact with the over 100,000 members of the Merchant Marine. Making myself available to be whatever these people needed, I found myself engaged in pastoral care, theological discussion, christenings, cooking meals for the crew, Bible study, helping to load supplies, worship services, and assisting a painting work detail.
Somewhere on the Ohio River, a crew stands a little bit taller after their towboat is christened. Gathering together, the blessing they pray upon their boat gives their work and their life a heightened sense of purpose.
Registration for the academic year is held the Monday or Tuesday before school begins on Wednesday. Registration includes meeting with The School of Theology Registrar, Mary Turner, to confirm core courses and to add electives if desired. It also includes things such as registering your vehicles, getting keys to Hamilton Hall, completing IRS paperwork for work study, and meeting with student accounts regarding any remaining tuition due.
For those rare students who begin their studies in January, much of this is done via email in combination with a meeting with the Registrar upon arrival in Sewanee.
After the initial registration in August or January, you will register yourself using the BannerWeb self-service system. This system also allows you to review your class schedule, view grades, print unofficial transcripts, view payroll information, etc.
Students in the Advanced Degrees Program register and pay their bills prior to arriving for summer school. Bills are mailed in early May and June and payment must be received prior to starting classes.
Registration normally begins on March 15. Registration forms, with descriptions of that summer’s courses, will be available on the website. There is normally a limit of 30 students per class. While registration changes may be made through registration day, it can be difficult to do the required reading before classes begin.
To see a complete listing of the class schedule, click here.
The following information about The School of Theology's policies and regulations may be found in current academic catalog:
A complete list of all University policies may be found here.
The School of Theology hosts a year-round series of lectures.
Lectures at The School of Theology are made possible by these funds:
• In the spring, the Beattie and Arrington Lectures are given in alternate years and usually focus on more scholarly topics.
• The Arrington Lectures have been funded by Cornelia G. C. Arrington as "a Thank Offering for four John White Arringtons."
• The Bayard Hale Jones Memorial Lectureship in Liturgics was established by Emily S. Jones.
• The Belford Lecture has been endowed in honor of the Rev. Dr. Lee Archer Belford, on topics in Christian/Jewish relations.
The DuBose Lectures are held in the fall. Endowed by an initial gift from the Rev. Jack C. Graves and substantially increased by a gift from Miss Margaret (Peggy) A. Chisholm of Laurel, Miss., and New York City, the lectures memorialize William Porcher DuBose, second dean of The School of Theology. These lectures, along with continuing education workshops, focus annually on a topic of wide appeal in the church.
The DuBose Lectures and Alumni Gathering offers continuing education workshops preceeding the lectures. Videos of these workshops are available here.
The annual church marketing workshop is held in the spring and is hosted by the contextual education department and the office of marketing and communications. Materials from these workshop are available here.
The School of Theology offers both a bishop-in-residence program and a fellow-in-residence program. Full details are available here.
The duPont Library is a component of the University’s Information Technology Services division that provides the members of the academic community with access to resources that support the current and anticipated instructional, research, and service programs of the University of the South.
Since the early 1980s, duPont Library has housed all Library collections and services for the School of Theology as well as the College of Arts and Sciences. All materials and services in duPont Library are equally available to students and faculty in both the College and the School of Theology. A Theology Reference area is maintained on the third floor of duPont, staffed during regular business hours (8 am- 5 pm M-F).
Circulating materials in philosophy, psychology, and religion--with call numbers in Library of Congress B-BX or Dewey 100-299--are shelved on the third floor. In addition, there are a number of non-circulating materials: (a) reserves for School of Theology courses, available on a self-serve basis; (b) the Theology Reference collection; (c) Theology Periodicals, shelved alphabetically by title; (d) Theology Special Collections, accessible on request to a Theology librarian. Christian education materials and Theology Media are also located here.
There are also several Library Catalog terminals and a photocopier on the third floor, as well as a good deal of open seating.
Room 111 in Hamilton Hall is available as a reading room for students at The School of Theology. It contains a small reference collection, duplicates of some reserve materials for courses, and sets of both the Sewanee Theological Review and Anglican Theological Review. Other materials are added from time to time. The room offers a variety of seating, ample power outlets, wireless access, and a quiet atmosphere for study. Every theology student is given a key to the room, which is kept locked when unoccupied in order to preserve access and security. The librarian of The School of Theology is in charge of the reading room.
The reading room is intended to provide a quiet place for study within the classroom building, where students spend much of each weekday during term. Since the library is some distance away, it is impractical to use during the relatively short gaps in the daily academic schedule. The reading room makes it possible to use such short amounts of time more efficiently.
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF), founded more than a quarter-century ago as the Episcopal Evangelism Foundation, Inc., works to improve and enhance the quality of preaching in the Episcopal Church. During its history of service to the Church, the EPF has sought to fulfill its mission in a variety of ways, but at the heart of its work has been the annual Preaching Excellence Program (PEP) for Episcopal seminarians. Each year 60 to 70 students from Episcopal and other seminaries gather at a central location for a week of preaching, worship, workshops, lectures, and fellowship under the leadership of the EPF director, Episcopal seminary faculty members, and guest speakers. More than one thousand priests and deacons of the Episcopal Church, including the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, are PEP alums.
The School of Theology has entered into a student exchange partnership with Westcott House, Cambridge, U.K. These two historic seminaries, both established in the 1800’s, have created a program for seminarians to experience prayer, study, and community life abroad in their middler year. The program takes place during the advent semester in Sewanee and the fall term in Cambridge.
The Rev. Dr. Benjamin King, assistant professor of Church history, and the Rev. Dr. James Turrell, associate dean for academic affairs, both of The School of Theology, felt that an integral part of a seminary education is the ability to experience Anglicanism in its many traditions. Looking to the Church’s English heritage, and with the benefit of an existing academic relationship, Westcott House was a great place to start.
Westcott House is dedicated to “pastorally and liturgically growing in compassion, creativity, and imagination to live the Gospel in every place to which God calls us.” The School of Theology shares in this formational process developing “leaders who are learned, skilled, informed by the Word of God, and committed to the mission of the church, in the Anglican tradition of forming disciples through a common life of prayer, learning, and service.” The two schools share a sense of mission to prepare clergy for service in the parish and beyond. That formed the basis for a conversation that quickly became a course of action.
Interested parties should contact the office of the dean for academic affairs.
The contextual education program at The School of Theology provides an avenue for dialogue between the heritage and disciplines of faith and the congregations and people served.
In the contextual education program, students apply classroom education and theory to a particular ministry context and then reflect on that experience in the classroom—in colloquy groups and in on-site meetings with a trained clergy mentor. Learning occurs most effectively within a systemically balanced program of study, action, and reflection. This balance is a critical part of the formation of clergy as a “wholesome example” to the people of God. The education harvested will set a pattern for a balanced and faithful commitment to prayer, study, and action in the student’s future life and ministry.
The contextual education program of The School of Theology includes the following opportunities:
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Clinical pastoral education provides professional interfaith education for ministry, bringing theological students and ministers of all faiths into supervised encounters with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minster. From theological reflection on specific human situations, students gain a new understanding of ministry and develop skills in interpersonal and inter professional relationships.
Field education provides a safe and accountable practice field for the student to learn and exercise skills of ordained leadership.
Field education is designed to expose the student to as many aspects of the congregational life as possible under the supervision of a trained and experienced priest, a certified School of Theology clergy mentor. Students also have the opportunity for field education partnerships with a variety of other institutions and organizations in consultation with the director of contextual education.
Theory and Practice of Ministry Courses
Theory and practice of ministry courses encourage students to form an understanding of human nature and a theology of lay and ordained ministry.
An action reflection model of learning is used in the M.Div. core curriculum for contextual education. Students develop skills for a comprehensive range of pastoral responsibilities through opportunities for the appropriation of theological disciplines for deepening understanding of the life of the church, for ongoing intellectual and ministerial formation, and for exercising the arts of ministry. As resources and interest allow, students also have the opportunity to take elective courses in a variety of areas for the theory and practice of ministry.
The cross-cultural program helps students begin to reflect on their ministry in a post Christendom era by seeing the world and their racial, religious, and social group from another culture’s perspective.
Before graduating, all students are encouraged to participate in a cross-cultural experience in which the student is directly involved in ministry with people from a culture other than their own. A student may have the notice of participation in a cross-cultural experience added to his or her transcript when it has been engaged with an approved domestic or international cross-cultural field education site. The director of contextual education can be a resource and it is recommended that you begin planning for this opportunity as soon as possible.
You may view the current School of Theology academic calendar on the registrar's page. Once on the page, click on "Calendars" to display the drop down menu, then select "The School of Theology."
The School of Theology is proud of its outstanding and highly credentialed faculty and a structured and academically challenging curriculum — all grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Master of Arts program of The School of Theology is designed as a general academic degree for people who wish to begin advanced study of theological disciplines in a church-related setting. It normally involves a two-year course of study. It also may be the appropriate degree for some ordained American and international students with previous theological study. On its own, this degree does not satisfy the canonical requirements for ordination. Students may choose a general track or one of several concentrations.
The Master of Arts program of The School of Theology is designed as a general academic degree for people who wish to begin advanced study of theological disciplines in a church-related setting. It is a research degree and involves a two-year course of study. A research paper is required. Advanced standing may be granted to those who come with previous work in the theological disciplines. It also may be the appropriate degree for some ordained American and international students with previous theological study. On its own, this degree does not satisfy the canonical requirements for ordination. A second general track will lead students through the classical theological disciplines and does not require a research paper.
Anglican Studies is a special program that examines Anglican theology, history, spirituality, liturgy, preaching, and polity. This program is designed primarily for those who already have a divinity degree and have transferred from the ministry of other communions to ministry in the Episcopal Church. Students are introduced to the Anglican ethos through study of the common heritage and present identity of churches comprising the Anglican Communion, and through study of the development of Anglicanism.
The Certificate of Theological Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate theological education without earning a degree. The Certificate of Theological Studies program is shaped in consultation with the student’s advisor to meet the needs of the individual. It requires full-time study in residence over one or two semesters. Students in this program take part in the worship life of the seminary by attending at least one chapel service on each weekday, including the principal Eucharist on Wednesday.
Participants will attain excellence in the practice of ministry by developing further the attitudes, skills, and knowledge essential to their ministry. The D.Min. program stresses the relationship between the practice of ministry and biblical, historical and theological knowledge. The D.Min. program is not intended to prepare persons for graduate teaching and is part of the School's Advanced Degrees Program.
The D.Min. in Preaching degree is the only such degree based at an Episcopal seminary, and is offered in response to a growing need for post-M.Div. study, instruction, and critical practice in preaching. No more than eight students will be accepted into the D.Min. in Preaching degree track each year, in order to assure adequate support for their course study and thesis project. This degree is part of the School's Advanced Degrees Program.
The Advanced Degree Program of The School of Theology, offers a track in the Doctor of Ministry degree program in Liturgy. No more than 10 students will be accepted into the D.Min. in Liturgy degree track each year in order to assure adequate support for their course of study and thesis/project. This degree is part of the School's Advanced Degrees Program.
Students will gain further mastery in a chosen area of theological study. Students will attain and apply the skills needed for scholarly research in a theological discipline at an advanced level. The S.T.M. program is intended for those who may wish to prepare for graduate study at the doctoral level, for various forms of teaching, for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice, or for disciplined reflection in an area of ministry. The S.T.M. has a general track and a concentration in Anglican studies are part of the School's Advanced Degrees Program.
As above, but with a concentration in Anglican Studies.
Students already enrolled in a degree program may earn a certificate in Christian spirituality by completing coursework and reflecting on experiential learning in the area of spirituality.