"I have one goal for my talks...to defend and to magnify, or expand, our vision of some of the really simple things in pastoral work," stated Dave Hansen as he began his keynote presentation at the 2009 ESR Pastors Conference, The Art of Pastoring. Hansen gave three presentations, as well as providing the Common Meal talk while he was on campus September 28th and 29th.
The Earlham School of Religion hosted their 50th Anniversary kick-off celebration on Friday, September 25th on their Richmond campus. Alumni/ae, former and current faculty and staff, and f/Friends of the school attended the day-long event.
Tom Mullen, former dean of ESR, well-known Richmond author, college professor and recorded minister in the Society of Friends, died Friday, June 19th, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was taken to the hospital after reportedly suffering what was believed to be a stroke earlier Friday.
At Earlham School of Religion's 16th annual Ministry of Writing Colloquium, Haven Kimmel's keynote address explored the connections between Quakerism and writing.
The Earlham School of Religion is proud to announce its first class abroad, to be taught in Mexico from January 2-14, 2008. The course will combine students from ESR and Mexico, with lead instruction by ESR Associate Professor of Theology David Johns.
On Saturday, September 20th, a small but energetic group gathered for this year's Pastor's Conference, The Bible in the Air by Heart, on the ESR campus. The day started with a wonderful breakfast and worship, followed by keynote speaker Tom Boomershine's energetic and interactive presentation. Boomershine is a well-known biblical storyteller and brought much enthusiasm to the conference.
ESR is excited to present a new publication written by ESR graduate and Director of Outreach Jennie Isbell. Jennie's book, Leading Quakers: Discipleship Leadership, A Friends Model, is a nine-chapter book designed to lead worshiping communities through a thought-provoking year of adult religious education on the topic of leadership development in the congregation.
"I don't do new," joked speaker Robert Wicks; "it's what I do with what's important, I think."
The ESR community is saddened to share the news of Wilmer Cooper's passing. Wilmer was one of the founders of ESR and the first dean of the seminary. He was 88 years old at the time of his death. His wife, Emily, (creator of the beautiful Peace quilt in the ESR Gathering area) died in 2005. Wil and Emily moved to Friends Fellowship Community in 1994. They had 4 children, Suzanne, Cathy, and Barbara, who live in Massachusetts, and Scott, who lives in Florida.