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2021 Fall Virtual Visit Week

October 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am October 28, 2021 @ 9:00 pm

In Conjunction with the ESR Writing for Ministry Colloquium

The Virtual ESR Visit Week, October 22-28, will include a professor discussion, class visits or sample classes, information sessions, student & alumni panels, and more.

Attendees are also invited to join Quaker singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer and poet-peacemaker Pádraig Ó Tuama on Oct. 22-23 for an entirely online Ministry of Writing Colloquium.

Learn more about ESR’s programs and community, with a focus on the MA in Theopoetics & Writing Program. All are welcome.

Contact Julie Dishman at [email protected] to register

Virtual Visit Week Schedule

Times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Friday, October 22

11:00 am – MA Theopoetics & Writing Student/Alumni Panel – Meet students and alumni of the MATW program to learn more about the courses at Earlham School of Religion and Bethany Theological Seminary. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87660419596

1:00 pm – MATW Professor Discussion with Scott Holland (Bethany Seminary) and Ben Brazil (Earlham School of Religion) – Meet Scott Holland, Bethany Theological Seminary’s Theopoetics Professor, and Ben Brazil, Earlham School of Religion’s Writing Professor, and hear about the MA in Theopetics & Writing, a program of both seminaries. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82277937691

2:30 pm – ESR Information Session – Learn about Earlham School of Religion programs and community. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85294176441

8:00 pm – Kick off the Ministry of Writing Colloquium with a concert by Carrie Newcomer – Register for the Colloquium or see a full schedule here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-esr-2021-writing-colloquium-grace-play-delight-tickets-170286145445

Saturday, October 23

All Day – Writing Colloquium Workshops – go here for a full schedule and to register for the Colloquium- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-esr-2021-writing-colloquium-grace-play-delight-tickets-170286145445

6:00 pm – Closing Plenary with Pádraig Ó Tuama, Host of Poetry Unbound with NPR’s On Being – For full schedule and to register for the Colloquium – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-esr-2021-writing-colloquium-grace-play-delight-tickets-170286145445

Tuesday, October 26

1:20-2:30 pm – Sample Class: Exploring Jewish Mystical Texts with Michael Birkel, who teaches courses in spirituality and in interfaith studies at ESR, invites visitors to join him in reading together some passages from the Zohar, the most influential of Jewish mystical texts. Come and expand your notion of how the universe works! (Contact Julie Dishman at [email protected] to register)

6:10-9:00 pm – Class Visit: Applied Storytelling with Ben Brazil – Stories entertain, but they also do work. For individuals, stories give shape to identity, meaning, and values. In communities, stories knit people together and offer bridges across barriers of differences. In nonprofit and justice work, stories frame problems, galva-nize responses, and illuminate the on-the-ground meaning of orienting values. This course offers instruction and practice in some of the ways story can serve ministry and other values-driven work. (Contact Julie Dishman at [email protected] to register)

Wednesday, October 27

1:20 pm -4:00 pm – Class Visit: Pastoral Spirituality with Phil Baisley – This course emphasizes the personal side of pastoring. Topics will include maintaining one’s overall health and spiritual focus, be-ing part of a pastoral family, building healthy relationships with a congregation, and identifying one’s philosophy of ministry. While designed for new pastors or those planning to become pastors, this course will also be helpful to students who have been working in congregations for some time. (Contact Julie Dishman at [email protected] to register)

Thursday, October 28

6:10-9:00 pm – Class Visit: Intro to Quakerism with Steve Angell – This course provides a practical guide to Quaker history, theology, outreach, faith and practice. It considers the historical and theo-logical origins of Quakerism and its relationships to politics and governance. It provides a guide to Quaker business prac-tice, in-cluding clerking. It considers relationships of Quakers to outward culture, including education and service, in their English, North American, and global South contexts. While grounded in in-depth consideration of Quakers’ past, it imaginatively considers new or continuing roles that Quakers may play in coming generations (Contact Julie Dishman at [email protected] to register)


Meet your ESR Admissions Team

Julie Dishman

Director of Recruitment and Admissions
[email protected]
(765) 983-1523