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.
In addition to a newly designed website earlier this fall, ESR has also added a Vocal Ministries page to its site. This page is home to articles on a variety of theological topics, with the newest category being issues related to young adult friends.
Julia Kasdorf opened the 2009 Ministry of Writing Colloquium with her keynote address Writing as Ruin, Relic, and Resurrection. “It’s Halloween,” she began. “Let me tell you a story that has been haunting and bewildering me lately—a gruesome story.” Her keynote presentation was the highlight of an inspiring day on the ESR campus, well attended by ESR friends and alumni, Earlham College students, and writers from the area and abroad.
"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.