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    Jewish-Christian course draws students!

    Thirteen Consortium students joined rabbinical students from Reform, Reconstructionist, and Renewal movements for the Fifth Emerging Religious Leaders Course at the Pearlstone Center from June 3-7.  We joined our member partner, the Institute for Islamic, Jewish, and Christian to bring rabbinical students Christian seminaries together for a week of study, theological examination, and friendship building that begins a new trajectory for…


    Religious Scapegoating: Is it necessary?

    I grew up in a moderate Protestant community in conservative Texas.  I often heard anti-Catholic remarks like, “they promote superstition; they aren’t real Christians” (thankfully not at my church).  Perhaps some fundamentalist and nativist Texans felt a need to distinguish their kind of Christianity from other believers, but was it necessary to do it by scapegoating?

    Recently, I visited a significant…


    Religious Education explored by Muslim and Christian scholars

    In March, the Consortium held duo-lectures on Religious Education in a Pluralistic Society.   The president of the Religious Education  Association, Dr. Mualla Selcuk (Ankara University) and the president of Virginia Theological Seminary, Dr. Ian Markham, shared reflections on how Muslim and Christian communities can reframe religious education and formation that recognizes social and religious pluralism.  Dr. Selcuk shared the Quranic…


    Ecumenism Award 2018: Dr’s Timothy Wengert and John Roth

    The Consortium’s Ecumenism award for 2018 goes to Dr. Timothy Wengert, emeritus of Lutheran Theological Seminary Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary) and Dr. John Roth of Goshen College.   They gave outstanding addresses on the “Healing of Memories” in Mennonite-Lutheran Dialogue at the Figel Event on Ecumenism on February 13.   Our thanks to them for such a challenging and inspiring event. …


    Washington Theological Union School Transcripts

    Effective June 30, 2015, Washington Theological Union will cease all administrative operations and will no longer maintain either an office or personnel. The Union’s official website will go offline by the end of this calendar year. For assistance in obtaining an academic transcript reflecting Union coursework, please contact the registrar’s office at St. Bonaventure University (www.sbu.edu/academics/registrar’s-office/transcripts). Alumni and friends may…


    The Healing of Memory in Ecumenism

    A concept form Pope John Paul II, the “Healing of Memory” has been adopted as a goal and a process for dialogues between Christian communities with a history of persecution, violence, and trauma over the ages. Peacemaking churches, like the Mennonites, and historic Reformation churches, like the Lutherans, have been leaders in this healing and truth-telling, along with the Catholic…


    Trinity Wall Street Values in Action Conference @ VTS

    Trinity (Wall Street) Institute 2018: Values in Action
    Virginia Theological Seminary is hosting a regional partner site for the 2018 Trinity Institute, “Values in Action,” being broadcast from Trinity Wall Street in New York City. We will livestream the plenary sessions and participate our own facilitated small groups on-site at VTS.

    We all want to create a better world, and that requires…


    Amazing Discussion Israel-Palestine and Peace

    At the Tachmindji event held Sunday night, young peace-builders Doron Shapir and Mahmoud Jabari gave stirring and personal accounts about how the Seeds of Peace training has impacted their views, and their ongoing commitments and work in Peacebuilding.   Aaron David Miller shared his perspective on how Track II diplomacy in the region is the key to ongoing peace efforts.   He…


    Time to still take a Consortium course in Spring!

    Registration for a Spring course is still possible in many schools, so check out the offerings!   You can also check up on January term courses that are still open.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to take a course in another tradition, perhaps in your favorite field:   Bible, Theology, Preaching, and more.   Or take a unique course related to a Consortium Certificate:…


    Youth Visions for Peace Oct. 29

    Young people bring new visions of peace to war-torn regions of the globe.  “Seeds of Peace” fosters peace-loving friendships and conflict resolution skills among youth from all over the world.   Two of these Seeds, one Israeli and one Palestinian, join renowned expert Aaron David Miller on Oct. 29 at evening event and reception at American University. Join us!…