Prospective Student Open House Registration Form - October 31, 2014

Fall Prospective Student Open House
October 31, 2014, 8:00am - 5:00pm


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ESR will provide breakfast, lunch, and housing for two nights for you and a guest. Would you like to bring a guest?

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ESR will provide housing for you and one other person for up to two nights. We can arrange for a third night of housing in the same location, which will be billed directly to you. Housing will be provided at local guesthouses, potentially including Quaker Hill Conference Center and The Lauramoore Guesthouse and Retreat Center. We will be in touch about more specific details about where you will be staying closer to the date. All of these include a private bedroom and a communal bathroom. Fees for additional nights may vary - please inquire for more details.

Would you like ESR to provide housing for you?

Which nights would you like for us to arrange housing for you? (See above)

If you will be staying with us, please indicate what time you plan to arrive in Richmond so that we can have your room ready.


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Ministry of Writing Colloquium, October 31, 2014

A gift of free admission is provided for those prospective students wishing to attend the annual ESR Ministry of Writing Colloquium, October 31, 2014. This year’s keynote speaker will be Fr. John Dear. What does it mean to live – and write – the nonviolent life?  Drawing on his latest book, The Nonviolent Life, Fr. John Dear will reflect on his 35 years of teaching Gospel nonviolence, working for peace, and writing prophetically. With stories of writing in war zones and in jail cells, of blogging and meeting book deadlines, Dear will invite us to use writing as one tool in the Christian life of prophetic ministry – and lead us in a short writing exercise to cultivate our vocation as Christian peacemakers. 

Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Fr. Dear has proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus and the way of nonviolence for more that 30 years.  He has led peace organizations, worked in homeless shelters, traveled in war zones and been arrested more than 75 times for acts of civil disobedience against war.  As a writer, he has published more than 30 books, including “Living Peace,” “Jesus the Rebel,” “The God of Peace,” “Peace Behind Bars,” The Questions of Jesus,” “Lazarus Come Forth,” “A Persistent Peace,” and his latest book, “The Nonviolent Life."

The Ministry of Writing Colloquium will begin the evening of Friday, October 31, and conclude the next day. Guests accompanying you may also choose to attend and pay the registration fee. Dinner on Friday is either on your own, or you can kick off your colloquium with a catered dinner, learn about ESR’s writing program, and hear work from our students. The $30 cost includes a small donation, and can be mailed in or brought with you when you arrive. 

Information and full event schedule can be found online at:


There are two sessions of workshops during the Ministry of Writing Colloquium. Please choose a first choice for each set of workshops. Full workshop descriptions are available here:

Thank you!  We are looking forward to meeting you!

Matt Hisrich, Director of Recruitment and Admissions,