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    Dr. Angelique Walker Smith gives powerful Figel Lecture Feb. 3

    Dr. Angelique Walker Smith delivered an inspiring and challenging address at this year’s Figel Event for Ecumenism.   Her topic, “The Hope of Pan-African Peoples and the Contradiction of Visible Unity Deferred: Ubuntu as a Vision for Christian Unity” was a critique and source of hope for traditional Ecumenism.   I had the joy of meeting her after the address at the…


    E.O. Wilson and Archbishop Tutu meet at the Heavenly Gates

    I am sad to learn that two giants in the moral and intellectual leadership of our era passed away on the same day, Sunday, December 26, 2021.   Thankful for their lives and their work, I can delight in imagining what it might be like for the two of them to meet as they await their next adventure after this life.



    Review of Jennings’ “After Whiteness” by a white-male-Calvinist…missionary…

    I worked with this text for days, finally realizing I had to read it through my life as shaped by the forces Jennings identifies as pervading all of our theological education communities:  white-masculinist supremacy and its colonial pursuits.  So I bring my experience (and commitments) as a white-male Calvinist… missionary… and ecumenist as a lens to both explicate and interrogate…


    9-11 and Theological Education in Washington DC

    9-11 impacted countless lives and institutions throughout DC and the MIid-Atlantic.   Among these were graduate theological schools that educate pastors, priests, and yes at the time imams.  The Washington Theological Consortium was (and still is) a community of such schools, and the impact of 9-11 has been far reaching.

    Churches, synagogues, and mosques filled up after 9-11, as people sought direction,…


    New Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies, ed. Paul McPartlan

    The Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies
    Edited by Geoffrey Wainwright, of blessed memory, and Paul McPartlan, Catholic University of America
    This Oxford Handbook

    Offers the most comprehensive account and assessment of the ecumenical movement
    Provides a rich source of information and reflection on many aspects of ecumenism from 50 expert contributors of many nationalities and traditions
    Offers a global perspective, showing how…


    Congratulations Graduates!!

    These Masters graduates from the John Leland Center are among the hundreds of graduates from the Consortium’s theological schools. There are many-year PhD and DMin degrees, three year MDiv degrees, two year Masters Degrees in Christian Leadership, Christian Education, and Theology, and several Diploma and Certificate programs that allow students without college education to get advanced theological studies.  Some students…


    Preview of May 26 by Dean of VUU’s School of Theology

    From Interim Dean Dr. Gregory Howard, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, on his presentation tomorrow night
    The nexus between “God is on the side of the oppressed” (James Cone) and Jesus’ declaration that he “has come so that we may have life and have it to the full” cast light upon the United States Declaration of Independence’s claim of such…