In December 2021, The School of Theology advancement office launched an ambitious campaign to raise $80,000 for the creation of a series of short courses. These courses are intended for students who cannot commit to four years of a rigorous program but are interested in furthering their theological education.

We received an incredibly generous response. As of June 30, 2022 nearly 750 individuals have committed more than $78,000 towards the goal. We are nearly there and the courses are in late stages of development.

Education for Ministry Executive Director Karen Meridith is in conversation with a hybrid curriculum designer to develop the first two courses (one four-session, one six-session), including the creation of a signature EfM framework that can be adapted for new content. Professor of Old Testament Becky Wright has agreed to create and present the first course on a topic drawn from Hebrew Bible studies. Eduardo Rivera, managing editor of the EfML project, will work with Karen to develop a bilingual course, potentially focused on spirituality. He will join other native Spanish speakers in presenting this course.

The first course is expected to be available during the late fall of 2022 and the second in early 2023. Ideally, six courses will be launched in the next two to three years.

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