The end of the year celebrations at Earlham School of Religion this past weekend provided the community with a variety of opportunities to share with our graduates the joy of marking the end of one time in their lives and the beginning of new opportunities for ministry and service.
Joerg Rieger was the 2011 Willson Lecturer at the Earlham School of Religion on April 4-5. He presented three lectures on the Richmond, Indiana campus addressing the theme: Empire, Economics, and Christ: Does Christianity Still Make a Difference?
“I’m here today because I’ve realized that our economy not only fails to provide for the basic needs of humankind, it also refuses to regard the limits of the Earth -- our home and life support system. Progress has upped the anty, and now our bulging bubbling economy is leaving a heavy footprint,” shared Tevyn East, as she began her keynote performance for the 2011 ESR Spirituality Gathering.
Earlham School of Religion is excited to announce the launch of our official blog, Learning and Leading. In recent years, ESR has been actively involved on various social networks, and some individual faculty members and students have maintained personal blogs.
ESR was recently the recipient of the historic Lauramoore Friends Home, a beautifully preserved 14-room Victorian home, located on 1.3 acres, and less than a mile from the ESR campus. Formerly a private residence, and most recently incorporated as a non-profit organization, administered by Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting the home was gifted to ESR by their Board of Directors.
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.