In times of transition or “puzzlement,” parishioners depend on clergy for guidance on how to hear God’s voice through prayer. In response to that need, the Rev. Martin L Smith will be helping clergy explore the craft of spiritual direction so that skills specific to that ministry can be adopted and incorporated to regular pastoral care in this summer’s Advanced Degrees Program.
One doesn’t always know what surprises God might have in store. From marketing to songwriting to theologizing, Kling brings a dynamism and flexibility to her role that should serve her and the Beecken Center well amidst the changing context of ministry in the 21st century.
With visits to 40 countries in her resume, Carson, T'19, defines herself as “a budding pneumatologist.” She wants to explore pneumatological missiology as it presents itself across the Anglican Communion, seeking the manifestation and the presence of the Holy Spirit on a global level through the lenses of both liturgy and hospitality. “I see my ministry as multi-faceted. I have high energy and contagious enthusiasm and I’m ready to get a little bit grungy out in the field.”
This is the story of the incredible journey the Rev. Ricardo Sheppard, T’16, has taken. At nine years of age, he immigrated from Trinidad and Tobago with his Baptist minister parents to the inner-city of Brooklyn, New York. At 17, Sheppard enlisted in the Marines to get away from the church. Just like how gum sticks to a shoe, however, no matter what he did “the call” stuck.
“If the Episcopal Church was a character from Star Wars, which character would it be?” The Rev. Marcus Halley laughs, a wide grin erupting into a glowing smile as he shakes his head in mock disapproval at my question. I wait for his answer.
Michael McCain, T'16, loves the liturgy of The Episcopal church and he loves being a parish priest. He is continuing in the tradition in which he was raised—praying, worshiping, and sharing in the Eucharistic feast. It is a tradition that is built to last, and Michael McCain invites you on board.
Angela and George Williamson of Brookhaven, Georgia, are deeply involved in the life of the Church in the Diocese of Atlanta. George is a trustee of the University, representing that owning diocese within the governance of the University. Furthermore, the Williamsons are among the latest donors to provide a leadership gift for the School of Theology building project and relocation.
Lifelong Episcopalians, Lombard and Everett Puri attribute their philanthropic orientation to their involvement with the Church; taking a cue from the Gospel of Matthew, "where your treasure is your heart will follow." The Puris believe that giving is a fundamental part of their Christian identity. Read more.
Science and religion have nurtured the Rev. Mark William Frazier’s, T'01, wonder in creation equally since he was a boy. Today, as both a scientist and a member of the clergy of The Episcopal Church, Frazier has a passionate reverence for the created world, the process of creation, and the Creator. Read more.
On Wednesday evenings, an Education for Ministry (EfM) group consisting of young people, ages 26–30, will gather at The Abbey, a combination church and coffee house in the Avondale community of Birmingham.
Four international students from the School of Theology will be expanding their ministries this summer through grants from the Episcopal Evangelism Society. Each project represents not only a personal mission for these students but also a reflection of the commitment of the School of Theology to develop mission-oriented leadership in the Anglican tradition.
A southerner by birth and now a long-time resident of New York City, EfM graduate Roz Dimon is an artist, interfaith minister, and an Episcopalian. She has begun to incorporate guns into her work and is lobbying for art instead of ammunition.