Writing Colloquium

“The Ministry of Writing” colloquium was endowed by individuals in honor of Tom Mullen at the time of his retirement as Dean of Earlham School of Religion in 1990.

Tom retired from ESR in 1997 and passed away June 19, 2009. His “Writing for the Religious Market” class, first offered over 20 years ago, was the beginning of ESR’s unique emphasis in the ministry of writing. This colloquium is one way the school demonstrates its commitment to the written word as an important form of ministry.

Conference Keynote AddressKeynote SpeakerYear
Love & Revelation: Songs and Stories from the HeartlandOver the Rhine & Sister Simone Campbell2019
From Inside Out:
Healing Ourselves, Building Our Communities
Carol Howard Merritt2018
Incarnation and Provocation: Toward New Languages of FaithBarbara Brown Taylor2017
Eye of the BeholderPatricia Raybon2016
Words Made Flesh:
Creative Writing, Creative Ministry
Scott Holland2015
Writing and the Nonviolent LifeFr. John Dear2014
Writing Through FailureJana Riess2013
The Scripture of Snail and FernSharman Apt Russell2012
The Poem in Progress: A Way of KnowingScott Cairns2011
Spirituality and the ArtsCarrie Newcomer2010
Writing as Ruin, Relic, and ResurrectionJulia Kasdorf2009
Robert Wicks2008
Haven Kimmel2007
Robert Olen Butler & Elizabeth Dewberry2006
Lauren Winner and Diane Glancy2005
Li-Young Lee2004
Scott Russell Sanders2003
Phil Gulley2002
Elizabeth Cox2001
Donna Jo Napoli2000
Will D. Campbell1999