Carrie Newcomer delivered a keynote address filled with inspiration, humor and song at the Ministry of Writing Colloquium on October 15-16 at ESR. Over 100 attendees filled the ESR Center to hear Newcomer, who has been called a poet and folk singer, a warm spirit and prairie mystic. She spoke on "Spirituality and the Arts," which explored ways the artistic practice can be seen as a spiritual one as well.
The 2010 Conference of the Indiana College English Association was held Friday, October 22, at Indiana State University. ESR students Robin Anderson and Jason Jolley shared first place honors in the creative readings category. Robin read several poems covering a range of topics from Job to a response to Mary Oliver's "Gethsemane" and Jason read a short story about a homeless child living in a Mexican garbage dump.
Diane Randall will be visiting ESR as Friend in Residence for the week of October 25th-29th. Diane is a member of the ESR Board of Advisors and currently serves as the Executive Director of Partnership for Strong Communities, a Connecticut non-profit organization that "engages civic and political support to solve homelessness, create affordable housing and develop strong, vibrant communities.”
Theologian and biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan gave a series of lectures on Jesus and Paul at the Earlham School of Religion. Crossan's appearance was one of a series of events celebrating ESR's 50th anniversary as a Quaker seminary.
Earlham School of Religion sponsored its inaugural leadership conference, Leadership Fit for Friends. on the Earlham campus, May 20-22. This conference is one new initiative to result from the faculty’s recent decision to add a leadership emphasis to its Master of Divinity curriculum. The goal of such a conference is to provide continuing education opportunities for current and aspiring leaders who seek to integrate faith and vocation in their work and ministry.
The ESR community celebrated another graduating class the weekend of May 7th and 8th. This year the number of students totaled 19, including a few who will finish their degrees this coming December.
On April 5th and 6th, Friends were treated to talks by Tom Hamm, Professor of History and Archivist at Earlham College, on "The Road to ESR: Or, the Long, Tangled, and Often Confusing Story of How Friends Came to Embrace Theological Education."
ESR is pleased to announce special scholarship recipients for the 2010-11 academic year. Both the Nancy Kortepeter Mullen Scholarship and the Thomas J. Mullen Scholarship provide each student with full tuition for 27 credits.
The recipient of the 2010-11 Nancy Kortepeter Mullen Scholarship:
The month of February came to a close at ESR with an inspiring and spirit-filled day as we hosted the 10th annual Spirituality Gathering; A Spirituality of Caring in the midst of Suffering.” A Celtic Christian theme provided the focus for gathering worship to start the day. Weaving together a fabric of sermon and poetic verse, Amy Gall Ritchie led participants in considering a life of prayer closely connected to creation, as well as to life’s joys and pains. She named "cairns" on the Celtic landscapes, those stones set in configurations as sacred symbols to others who might traverse those same spots years later. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Dominic Vachon, Director of Behavioral Medicine and Caring Science Training for St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, would serendipitously return to that theme in his reflection on the caregivers' need to find cairns of hope, inspiratio n, and meaning in the journey of supporting persons who are suffering.
ESR has completed the search for a professor of Christian Spirituality, and is excited to welcome Carole Spencer to the ESR faculty. She will join ESR at the rank of Associate Professor and begins her position in July with responsibilities on campus beginning in August.