The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

DuBose Lectures & Alumni Gathering

Sarah Coakley, the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, is the 2015 DuBose lecturer. Her lectures are scheduled for Sept. 23 and 24. See the schedule below for times and locations. The DuBose lectures are open to the public and are free of charge, made possible by the DuBose Lecture Fund.

Coakley is a systematic theologian and philosopher of religion with wide interdisciplinary interests. She is currently engaged in the writing of a four-volume work in systematic theology, the first volume of which (God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay 'On the Trinity') was published in 2013. Her related apologetic work spans the divides between natural science, social science, and philosophy of religion. In her writings for the church she is especially concerned with the tight connection of spiritual practice, asceticism, and contemporary theories of gender and race. In addition to her systematic theology, her recent publications include Powers and Submissions (2002), Re-Thinking Gregory of Nyssa (2003), Pain and Its Transformations (2008), Re-Thinking Dionysius the Areopagite (2009), The Spiritual Senses (2012), Evolution, Games and God (2013), and The New Asceticism (2015). The second and third volumes of her systematics are in progress as a diptych that covers the topics of theological anthropology, sin, and atonement.


Return to Sacrifice? Reconsidering Sacrifice in Systematic Perspective

Lecture 1:  Return to Sacrifice?  Biblical and Historical Mandates for a Messy Metaphor
Lecture 2:  Repressing Sacrifice?  Freudian and Feminist Critiques in a Modern Era
Lecture 3: Rescuing Sacrifice?  The Irreducible Significance of Sacrifice in a Théologie Totale

Alumni/ae Gathering, Sept. 23

The reception and dinner for alumni of the School of Theology will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. in lower Cravens Hall.

Schedule and Registration

The schedule is available here. (updated 9.2.15)


There are many options for accommodations in and around Sewanee. The following are recommended:

In addition, private houses are available to rent. A list of available rentals (and other lodging options) may be found here.


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Catalog Updates | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Catalog Updates

Transfer Credits Pass/Fail

On page 63, under “Transfer Credits (M.Div., M.A., And D.A.S. Programs)”

Change to the sentence that reads:
“•No credits are accepted with a grade less than “B.”’

New language as of Sept. 3, 2014
“No credits are accepted with a grade less than “B.” An exception is made for credits directly comparable to courses in the degree/diploma program’s core curriculum that are assessed by the School of Theology only on a pass/fail basis. In this circumstance only, credits with a grade of “Pass” may be accepted for transfer.”


Advanced Degrees Program

On page 24, under the list of requirements for the D.Min. in Preaching track:

Change to the sentence that reads: "complete a minimum of two classes in Bible studies"

New language as of Jan 1, 2015
"a minimum of two classes in Bible studies is recommended"


Doctor of Ministry

On pages 21 and 23, two final form copies are to be given to the assistant to the director, as opposed to one.


Worship Life

Addition to page 10:
"Attendance at the School’s Triduum liturgies (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil) is expected of seminary students. Those in field placements are released from obligations to their fieldwork parishes in order to participate fully in the Triduum at the School."


New policy language:

1) on “provisional” status:

A student’s cumulative grade point average is computed on a 4.0 scale and is recorded on his or her transcript. A student seeking the M.Div., M.A., D.A.S., or C.T.S with less than a 2.33 grade point average (GPA) in courses taken for the current degree at the University of the South is evaluated by the faculty as either “provisional” or “inadequate.” An S.T.M. student with less than a 3.0 grade point average in courses taken for the current degree at the University of the South is evaluated by the faculty as either “provisional” or “inadequate.” A student who receives an F in any semester is rated as “provisional,” and more than one F as “Inadequate.” A student rated as “inadequate” is dismissed; if rated “provisional,” the student may remain but must rise to the status of “adequate” (GPA calculated on the basis of courses for the current degree at the University of the South) by the end of the following semester in order to remain in school.

Letter grades are given on a 4.0 scale ranging from A to F. A student’s cumulative grade point average is computed on a 4.0 scale and recorded on his or her transcript. A student with less than a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in courses taken for the current degree at the University of the South is evaluated by the committee as either “provisional” or “inadequate.” A student who receives an F in any course is rated as “provisional,” and a student who receives more than one F is rated as “inadequate.” A student rated as “inadequate” is dismissed; if rated “provisional,” the student may remain but must rise to the status of “adequate” (GPA calculated on the basis of courses taken for the current degree at the University of the South) by the end of the following term in order to remain in school.

2) Definition of “Good Standing”

A student is in good standing if his or her grade point average in courses taken for the current degree at the University of the South is 2.33 or higher, the student has not been rated “provisional” or “inadequate” due to failure of a course or a grade point average below 2.33 in the prior semester, and if no disciplinary action has been taken or is impending. Grades from transfer courses are not included in the calculation of grade point average for determining “good standing.”

A student is in good standing if his or her grade point average in courses taken for the current degree at the University of the South is 3.0 or higher, the student has not been rated “provisional” or “inadequate” due to failure of a course or a grade point average below 3.0 in the prior term, and if no disciplinary action has been taken or is impending. Grades from transfer courses are not included in the calculation of grade point average for determining “good standing.”

3) Transfer credits:

Add “Transfer credits are not included in the calculation of GPA for the purpose of determining honors, good standing, or provisional/inadequate/adequate status.”

Add “Transfer credits are not included in the calculation of GPA for the purpose of determining honors, good standing, or the evaluation of academic proficiency (provisional/inadequate/adequate status).”

4) Incompletes:

Candidates for the S.T.M. or D.Min. degrees who are writing a thesis or project register for the appropriate credit hours once. The thesis or project must be submitted in time for the candidate to graduate before the time limit to degree has elapsed; however, the work need not be submitted in the same term for which the candidate registered for the thesis/project credit hours. If the thesis or project is not submitted by the end of that term, the placeholder of “IP” is entered. This is later removed and replaced by the grade the work earns. If the thesis/project is not submitted by the deadline for the student to graduate before the time limit to degree, the “IP” is converted to an “F.”

Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership

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.

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News From the Field | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

News From the Field

Clergy Mentor Meeting Feb. 19, 2014

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)

Field Education Partnership Prize

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:

  • Richmond Jones, T'15, from the Diocese of Atlanta, learning with the Rev. Hendree Harrison, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Athens, Tenn.
  • Nancee Cekuta, T'15, also from the Diocese of Atlanta, partnered with the Rev. David Dill.
  • Kemper Anderson, T'15, the third from the Diocese of Atlanta, who travels all the way to St. Peter’s in Rome (Georgia, that is) and is mentored by the Rev. John Herring alongside our former dean of community life, the Rev. Nikki Mathis.

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)

Mission Enterprize Zone Grant

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.

Enough About Me...

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!

  • Fowler Center: Don’t forget that as a field education mentor you can use your University ID card to use any of the facilities at the athletic center on campus.
  • Bookstore: You also receive a discount on the purchase of books at the Sewanee bookstore when you show your University ID card.
  • Colleague group: We’re exploring regional colleague groups facilitated by a professional of your choosing in your area. Please either speak to Kammy or post your thoughts/interest on the Field Ed Mentor Discussion Board on Blackboard.
  • Resources on Blackboard: Speaking of Blackboard, don’t forget that you have access to all the readings, videos, PowerPoint slide shows, etc. that are used in class. If you are still not sure how to access them, we’ll have a 15 minute orientation at 1p.m. as part of our 2014 Mentor Day this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
  • The School of Theology website: In addition to the resources that can be found on the School's website, the contextual education program has a dedicated section that will continue to expand.





Emerging Leaders Conference Registration | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Emerging Leaders Conference Registration

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VocationCARE | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South


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:

  • Episcopal Community Services (ESC) of the Diocese of Louisiana
  • Life Together ESC Community of Boston, Mass., Diocese of MA
  • The Road Emmaus House ESC Community, Diocese of Atlanta
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina
  • St Mark's, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pa.

Training June 24–27, 2014

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:

  • Centering exercises
  • Testimony and holy listening engaging our stories
  • Reflecting together theologically on our stories as places where God brings us to life
  • Kinetic visioning exercises

On Days 2 and 3 you will:

  • Review foundational practices for convening VocationCARE circles
  • Learn to think like designers, through a human-centered design process for individual and team-led projects that contextualize VocationCARE in your congregation or ministry
  • Build affinities and project success in teams
  • Present and respond to designs by teams and individuals for new or renewed ministries, i.e., “that thing we are given by God to do”

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.

There are three ways to register:

  • You may register online by filling out the form below. You may also pay online using a secure paypal system.
  • If you would prefer to pay by check, please do not use the online form but instead, print the form and mail it with the check to The School of Theology, 335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee, TN  37383.
  • You may also call 931.598.1378 and register over the phone.


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Emerging Leaders Conference | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Emerging Leaders Conference

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:

  • Attend workshops previewing new training and program opportunities for congregations recently funded by the Lilly Endowment and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. 
  • Register your congregation or dioceses to be among those eligible for participation in these funded leadership-training opportunities.
  • Meet the directors of eight new program initiatives being offered by the programs center in 2014–2015:
    • Courtney Cowart, director of the programs center and program manager for the Lilly-funded initiative Living in the Green
    • Karen Meridith, director of EfM and program manager for the new EfM post-grad curriculum/training in the essential practices of discipleship
    • The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, founder and director SUMMA High School Theological Debate Society
    • Jim Goodmann, director of VocationCARE
    • Duncan Hilton, director of programming for the Leadership Development Initiative
    • Kammy Young, program manager for the Missional Enterprise Zone initiative Be the Change
    • Brian Sellers Petersen, senior advisor to the president of ERD and program manager for the Faith, Farm, and Food network
  • Hear key note addresses and engage lively conversations with fellow church leaders on the role of non-degree lay leadership training and programs for young adults in the future of congregational renewal. Remarks presented by:
    • J. Neil Alexander, dean of The School of Theology
    • Wayne Meisel, director of the Center for Faith & Service, McCormick Theological Seminary
    • Joy Anderson, founder and president of Criterion Ventures
    • Duncan Hilton, director of programming for the Leadership Development Initiative

A complete schedule may be viewed here.

Speaker bios may be viewed here.

Register online here.

$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 or call 931.598.1378.

You can download a color flier for printing purposes here.

For more information contact Sarah Limbaugh,, or call 931.598.1378.



Louis Weil Biography | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Louis Weil Biography

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.

Certificate of Christian Spirituality | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Certificate of Christian Spirituality

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.

Non-Degree Theological Studies | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Non-Degree Theological Studies

For Students in Special Circumstances

Modular, Flexible, Supplemental

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 Components

  1. The academic component represented by the modules outlined below and provided by The School of Theology.
  2. The practice of ministry component designed and provided by the diocese.
  3. The designation by the bishop of a mentor who will meet regularly with the student for supervision, reflection, and coaching.

The office of contextual education of The School of Theology has resources to assist the diocese in creating components 2 and 3 above.

The Modules

  • Each student will participate in four modules per year for two years.
  • Learning will take place in both residential and online formats.
  • A student may begin the program either in January or June. During the residency, students will be introduced to the requirements of the course and immediately begin working with the course content. Time for personal consultation with the faculty will be provided in addition to regular opportunities for prayer and worship, fellowship and conversation, and personal study time.
  • Each residency will be followed by regular online work designed uniquely for each module. Students will be connected online to the instructor and fellow students. This provides an opportunity for asking questions, discussing particular topics, and clarifying assignments.
  • Scheduling the program in this manner makes use of the worship schedule in the Chapel of the Apostles, and the opportunity for fellowship and engagement with students in the M.Div.  and other programs as well as with seasoned clergy who are in Sewanee for advanced degree work and continuing education.
  • A student may enter into the two-year cycle of modules at any point.
  • At the end of each module, each student will receive a written evaluation of their work and a copy of the evaluation will be sent to their bishop.

Module Schedule

The program cycle proceeds as follows with the in-residency dates listed below:

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 (June 1-12)
  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 (Jan. 11-22)
  Week 1 – complete session 4
  Week 2 – begin session 1
     Module 1:  Old Testament and Preaching
     Module 2:  New Testament and Preaching

Admissions and Fees

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 2015 session is May 1, 2015. Please contact Nickie Peardon for details.

In-residence Programs | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

In-residence Programs


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.

Available Dates

Fall: Oct. 26–Nov. 6, 2015
Spring: Apr. 4–15, 2016
Application deadline for either of these dates: June 15, 2015

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

Church Marketing Workshops | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Church Marketing Workshops

How to Market Your Church 2012

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:

How to Market Your Church 2013

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!
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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

Overall Church marketing Stretegies — handout

How to Effectively Use Social Media — video, Randall Curtis

Social Media Strategy Worksheet

Website Content Management — handout

Useful Apps for Church Use — handout

Family Process in Congregational Life and Leadership | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Family Process in Congregational Life and Leadership

Identity, Integrity, Community, Mission: Family Process in Congregational Life and Leadership [3]
The Rt. Rev. Joe G. Burnett

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

The Oxford Movement, the Liturgy and the Crisis of Faith | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

The Oxford Movement, the Liturgy and the Crisis of Faith

The Oxford Movement, the Liturgy and the Crisis of Faith [3]
The Rev. Dr. Benjamin King

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)

Isaiah and Its Empires | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Isaiah and Its Empires

Isaiah and Its Empires [3]
Dr. Cameron B.R. Howard

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.


The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas

The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas [3]
The Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain

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.

Primary Texts:

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.

Mapping Ritual Structures | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Mapping Ritual Structures

Mapping Ritual Structures [3]
The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander and The Rev. Dr. James Turrell

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


The Spirituality of Preaching | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

The Spirituality of Preaching

The Spirituality of Preaching [3]
The Rev. Martin Smith

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,

M.A. Concentration in Theology and Literature | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

M.A. Concentration in Theology and Literature

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.

Theology Core (16 hours)

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 (24 hours)

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.

Proposal and Thesis (9 hours)

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.

Typical Paradigm

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 | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

The Rose Model

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.)

M.A. Concentration in Religion and Environment | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

M.A. Concentration in Religion and Environment

As an Episcopal seminary with access to a distinguished interdisciplinary environmental studies program, an active Center for Religion and the Environment that spans the University curriculum, and a 13,000-acre domain rich with lakes, forests, and 50 miles of trails, The School of Theology offers an unparalleled opportunity to study the intersections of religion and ecology. The M.A. with a concentration in religion and the environment draws on these unique gifts to prepare students to work with churches and dioceses, schools, environmental nonprofits, and advocacy groups to confront the urgent social and environmental crises facing our society.

The M.A. concentration is a truly interdisciplinary program. 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.

Specific program requirements can be found in The School of Theology’s catalog. The curricular worksheet for the program is here.


Catalog | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South


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.

The 2015–16 Catalog for the School of Theology


Earlier editions of the School of Theology's academic catalog are available below, beginning with the 2012–2013 edition. Catalogs prior to 2012–2013 are in print format only.

The 2014–15 Catalog for the School of Theology

The 2013–2014 Catalog for the School of Theology

The 2012–2013 Catalog for the School of Theology


Creation, Evolution, and God | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Creation, Evolution, and God

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.

Videos of the conference may be accessed here.


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.


Course Descriptions for the 2012 Advanced Degrees Program | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Course Descriptions for the 2012 Advanced Degrees Program

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.

An Introduction to Ancient Eastern Christianity
Stang, Charles M. [3 hours]

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


The Historical Jesus
Holloway, Paul [3 hours]

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)

Further Bibliography
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)


Preaching in the Liturgical Tradition
The Rev. Dr. William Brosend and Rev. Dr. Benjamin King [3 hours]

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


Caring for Marginalized Populations: Pastoral Care in Context
The Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II [3 hours]

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


Types of Anglican Theology
The Rev. Dr. Mark Chapman [3 hours]

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)


2012–2013 Lecture Series | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

2012–2013 Lecture Series

John Haught
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

Peter Nockles
The Oxford Movement and the Episcopal Church
March 18, 2013
Made possible by the Beattie Lecture Fund

Stanley Hauerwas
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.

The 2012 Cambridge Summer Preaching Conference | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

The 2012 Cambridge Summer Preaching Conference

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 and Registration

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.)

For More Information and to Register

Contact Wescott House or send an email to The Preaching Foundation.

2011 DuBose Lectures | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

2011 DuBose Lectures

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."

2011 DuBose lectures

The Lectures

Barbara Brown Taylor explored the topic — Learning to Walk in the Dark: Negative Theology for Emerging Christians.

Lecture 1: Scary Angels
Lecture 2: Night Guides
Lecture 3: Treasures of Darkness

The Continuing Education Workshops

Links to videos of the workshops will be available soon.

Reaching Out to Hispanics/Latinos in the 21st Century

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


What's New in Parish Christian Formation

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.


The Art of Painting with Words

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).


Answering God’s Call as a Clergy Spouse

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.

Advanced Degrees Program | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Advanced Degrees Program

June 6–24, 2016

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. Please see the 2014-15 catalog for degree details.

  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor of Ministry in Preaching
  • Doctor of Ministry in Liturgy
  • Masters of Sacred Theology
  • Masters of Sacred Theology in Anglican Studies

2016 Summer Courses

Most students will register for two (2) of the following courses this summer:

Implanting the Word: Skills for Helping People Internalize Scripture’s Transformative Symbols

The Rev. Martin L. Smith

With metaphors such as “engrafting” or “implanting” the word, (Jas. 1:21) and injunctions such as “may the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16), Scripture itself supports the distinction between merely pulling ideas from the Bible and an inner appropriation of its dynamic symbols through which they become incorporated as “renewable resources” for our lifelong process of meaning-making. This course will focus on ways in which pastors can facilitate and intensify this deeper engagement with the revelatory images of Scripture through their preaching and work as counselors and spiritual guides. It will examine the religious experience of interiorization from various perspectives, looking systematically at the constellations of imagery which provide the Bible’s palette, learning from the intellectual discipline of hermeneutics how symbols work in activating insight and motivating change, and tapping the rich resources of perennial wisdom found in classic Christian traditions of scriptural meditation.

The Rev. Martin L. Smith is a priest of the Episcopal Church, well known for his books exploring contemporary spirituality, and for his roving ministry of spiritual formation as preacher, retreat leader and teacher. He brings to this course a lifelong interest in Biblical interpretation founded on his training in Theology and New Testament at Oxford, four decades of teaching people in scriptural meditation, and recent research in the philosophy of symbol and psychology of religious experience as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Faith Development at Emory University.

The Art in Preaching: Using Fiction and Poetry in Sermons

The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor

The playwright John Shea says, “We turn our pain into narrative so we can bear it; we turn our ecstasy into narrative so we can prolong it. We tell our stories to live.” As humans, we make meaning through narrative. When Jesus was asked questions, he told stories. The objectives of this course are to deepen students’ ability to analyze fiction and poetry from a theological perspective and to improve their capacity to incorporate stories and images into their sermons. The texts will include short stories from fiction writers such as Flannery O’Connor, John Updike, Louise Erdrich, Alice Munro, James Joyce, poems from poets such as Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Ranier Maria Rilke, Billy Collins, Seamus Heaney, T. S. Eliot, and one novel: Mary Gordon’s Pearl. The assignments will include creating and preaching sermons using literature, as well as journaling and short papers. 

The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor was consecrated as the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina Sept. 18, 2004. Before attending the School of Theology for his M.Div., he taught American Literature at Belmont College in Nashville. He earned his B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.A. in English from the University of South Carolina, and his Ph.D. degree in Theology and Literature from Emory University. He is the author of two books of sermons: To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Hope, Conversion, and Community, and From Anger to Zion: An Alphabet of Faith.

Introduction to Environmental Ethics

Dr. Andrew R. H. Thompson

The environmental challenges facing the world today are urgent and complex. A variety of approaches have been enacted or proposed to address these problems, ranging from practical efforts to organize for justice to conceptual attempts to shift how we view our world. All of these approaches have particular strengths and weaknesses, and all raise important questions. The purpose of this introductory course is to survey ethical to environmental problems and to examine the central moral questions such problems raise. We will cover traditional, “mainstream” environmental ethical responses as well as more recent alternatives to and criticisms of those responses. We will also consider the ethical and theological foundations for environmental ministries on a parish level, and the final essay will seek to integrate these concrete examples with particular ethical approaches.

Dr. Andrew R. H. Thompson is the postdoctoral fellow in environmental ethics at the School of Theology. Thompson earned his Ph.D. in Religion from Yale University, and his M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School. He also holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Duquesne University. His research focuses on environmental and social ethics and the work of ethicist H. Richard Niebuhr. His first book, All My Holy Mountain: A Christian Ethical Response to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, is under contract with the University Press of Kentucky. He has also written on mission and on religion and place, and has taught ethics, philosophy, and world religions.

Contemporary Anglican Theologians

The Rev. Drs. Benjamin King and Robert MacSwain

What is the contribution of Anglicanism to theology today? This course will examine the writings of selected Anglican theologians to find out both what is distinctive in the work of David Brown, Sarah Coakley, David F. Ford, John Milbank, Mark McIntosh, Kathryn Tanner, Rowan Williams, and others, and at the same time show what these theologians have in common. That commonality is central to Anglicanism, and we hope to show that there are reasons why a tradition with its roots in Great Britain still offers virtues to be practiced across the Communion, and likewise provides help in dealing with persistent theological problems. These theologians all begin their theology with (more or less critical) readings of Scripture and ecclesial practice.  But each demonstrates that, from there, contemporary Anglican theology makes many "border crossings:" into the theology of other Christian traditions, into philosophy and sociology, into the arts and natural sciences, even into divine life. 

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin King is the associate professor of Church history and director of the Advanced Degrees Program at the School of Theology. King went to Cambridge University as an undergraduate and as a seminarian, before coming to the U.S.A. to work as a parish priest in 2000. He since attained a master's in theology at Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in theology at Durham University in the U.K. From 2005 to 2009, King was Episcopal chaplain at Harvard University, where he also taught at Harvard Divinity School.

The Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain is the associate professor of theology at the School of Theology. A philosophy graduate of Liberty University, MacSwain studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh. 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, Mass., 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.

Details of the two liturgy courses are forthcoming.

The ADP 2016 schedule is available here.

The petition to graduate may be downloaded here.

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Field Education Reflections

Monica Carlson, T'12

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.


Joseph Wallace, T'12

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.


Evelyn Harris, T'13

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.


Brandon Mozingo, T'12

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.

Class Registration | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Class Registration

Academic Year Registration

Registration for the academic year is held the Friday before school begins on Monday. Registration includes meeting with School of Theology Registrar Sandra Brock to confirm core courses and to add electives, if desired. It also includes registering 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, registration is self-serve using the BannerWeb self-service system. This system also allows for the opportunity to review the class schedule, view grades, print unofficial transcripts, view payroll information, etc.

Advanced Degrees Program Registration

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.



Policies & Regulations | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Policies & Regulations

School of Theology Policies and Regulations

Information about the School of Theology's policies and regulations may be found in current academic catalog.

University Policies and Regulations

A complete list of all University policies that apply to School of Theology students may be found here.


For concerns about academic matters, students should contact the office of academic affairs, 931.598.1342. Students should consult the Catalog for procedures governing appeals under academic policies. Written complaints may be addressed to Office of Academic Affairs, School of Theology, University of the South, 335 Tennessee Ave., Sewanee TN 37383.

Continuing Education | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Continuing Education


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.

Videos of many of our past lectures may be viewed here.


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.

In-residence Programs

The School of Theology offers both a bishop-in-residence program and a fellow-in-residence program. Full details are available here.

Academic Resources | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Academic Resources

The Jessie Ball duPont Library

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.

There are also several public-access computers and a photocopier on the third floor, as well as a good deal of open seating. 

Hamilton Hall Reading Room

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.

Episcopal Preaching Foundation/Preaching Excellence Program

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.


Student Exchange Program

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.

Directed Reading Courses

When a student (in good academic standing) determines, in consultation with his/her advisor, that an educational goal cannot be met through courses offered, the student may propose to meet this goal through a directed reading. Directed reading electives are generally not open to summer-term students.

The student must identify a member of the regular faculty of the School of Theology willing and qualified to direct the work. Working with the faculty member, the student develops a written proposal to submit to the faculty for consideration. The proposal must conform to the ROSE Model and include a substantial bibliography. See for more information. The proposal must be submitted to the dean's office no later than one week before the last, regularly scheduled faculty meeting of the semester prior to the one in which the student intends to pursue the directed reading.

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Contextual Education | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Contextual Education

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

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.

Cross-Cultural Experience

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.


 Field Education Directory 2015–2016

Contextual Education Manual 2015–2016



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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. 

Degrees & Programs | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Degrees & Programs

To view the requirements, curriculum, and other specifics for a particular degree, please see the current catalog.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

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.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

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.

Religion and Environment
Theology and Literature
Church History

Anglican Studies Program (D.A.S.)

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.

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Certificate of Theological Studies (C.T.S.)

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.

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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

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.

Doctor of Ministry in Preaching (D.Min)

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.

Doctor of Ministry in Liturgy (D.Min.)

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.

Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)

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.

Master of Sacred Theology in Anglican Studies (S.T.M./A.S.)

As above, but with a concentration in Anglican Studies.