Current News

ESR is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Birkel as our Professor of Christian Spirituality. Birkel received his M.A. from ESR in 1978, and has served as Professor of Religion at Earlham College since 1986. 

Earlham School of Religion will host their annual Pastors Conference, Bivocational Ministry for the 21st Century, on Monday, March 21, 2016 in the ESR Center. Keynote speaker Dennis Bickers will explore where bivocational ministry is heading in the next few years, some of the advantages bivocational ministry provides to the minister and church, and will offer encouragement to those serving in bivocational ministry.


When the 2015-2016 academic year launched at Earlham School of Religion, two students began their journey toward graduate degrees as part of a brand-new program that will cover the entire cost of their tuition as students here. These students, one a Bonner Scholar from Carson-Newman University and the other a graduate of the Quaker Voluntary Service program, were among the first recipients of ESR’s new Leadership and Service Scholarship.

We have tried arguments for environmental concern, doctrines, and of course moralizing and guilt-trips. None seem to transform human action. Join us as we welcome Philip Clayton to tackle this issue through the lens of eco-spirituality as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Spirituality Gathering on Saturday, February 27th.

ESR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015-16 Mullen Ministry of Writing Fellowship, Kristin Herrmann. Kristin lives in Indianapolis and has a BA from Franklin College of Indiana and a JD from IU School of Law - Bloomington.  Her writing project is Path to Prison, A Memoir, by Cindy White with Kristin Herrmann.

ESR will host the 6th annual Quaker Leadership Conference, Transformational Leadership & the Prophetic Witness, August 14-16, 2015. The conference will feature keynote presentations from ESR Dean Jay Marshall and leadership consultant Joyce Schroeder.

ESR is pleased to announce the appointment of Grace Ji-Sun Kim as Associate Professor of Theology.

Grace is currently a visiting researcher at Georgetown University, and prior to that served as Director of the MATS program and was Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology at Moravian Theological Seminary. She has a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, and a Master of Divinity in Theology/Christian Education from Knox College, University of Toronto.

A centering and meditative time of worship, prepared and led by students from the class on Spiritual Formation and Public Ministry, opened the 2015 ESR Spirituality Gathering. Prayer, scripture readings interspersed with silence, reflective songs, and a closing responsive reading which began "Always present God, we ask for the breath of Your Spirit to fill us" drew attenders into the meaning and focus for the day. 

ESR is honored to be included in the 2015 class of Seminaries that Change the World. Twenty-six institutions are included in this year's class, announced by The Center for Faith and Service, including neighboring partner Bethany Theological Seminary. This is the second consecutive year that ESR has been included.