July 21, 2020
The Earlham School of Religion has formed the first class of a new master’s degree program designed for students pursuing ministries of social change.
Nancy Bowen, Professor of Old Testament, will retire from her position at the close of the 2020-21 academic year. Nancy first joined ESR in 1991. She earned a B.A. from the University of California in 1978; an M. Div. from the School of Theology at Claremont in 1985; and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994.
As part of Earlham College’s budget reductions, Earlham School of Religion has reduced its administrative faculty and staff by three positions effective July 1, 2020. These include Director of Community Engagement Mandy Ford, Custodian Mike Jordan, and Director of Student and Alumni Engagement Brent Walsh.
Dear Friends of ESR,
I hope this message finds you doing as well as possible under challenging circumstances. Now more than ever we need to hold one another in the Light, minister to our own needs, the needs of others, and the needs of the world. I trust that we are each doing that in ways large and small and thank you for what you bring to this work.
Earlham School of Religion is honored and pleased to announce 2020 as the first year of a ten-year pledge totaling $1,500,000.00 from the James R. Perkins Charitable Trust. This Trust represents James Perkins and his three children, James David Perkins, Mark A. Perkins, and Elizabeth Hendricks. The gift honors Jim’s wife Barbara Wildman Perkins and their parents, W. Wendell and Marguerite Greenwalt Wildman, and Ray L. and Frances Wells Perkins.
In response to the COVID-19 virus and its impact upon our students, ESR has implemented important financial aid relief for students for the current and next academic year.
Students who have been impacted by the virus and are struggling financially can now apply for emergency financial support by contacting Jonelle Ellis, Director of Business Services and Facilities. These funds can be used to cover personal and living expenses while they navigate the crisis.
It is almost time to celebrate the ESR class of 2020! Baccalaureate and Commencement services are looking quite different this year. We are holding our graduates and their families in the light, knowing they are experiencing many difficult emotions not being able to be here in person to mark this important and special time.