Hispanic Ministry and Public Life Event at Wesley
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…More
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…More
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. …More
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…More
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…More
Outstanding Reformation Conference at Yale Divinity School this week–with historians and theologians who dared to inquire about the Reformation’s impact today. During the Conference, Yale unveiled an historic Portrait of Reformers patterned after 1640’s lithographs common in England and the Netherlands. Recent restoration unveils Catholic opponents at foot of the table who confess: “The Candle is lighted, and we cannot…More
The Bibliographies about Ecumenism have been updated through June 2017. This is the finest annotated bibliography on the topic in the U.S., and we hope students, faculty, and the public will use it to keep up on the latest scholarship. Our thanks to Dr. Mitzi Budde of Virginia Theological Seminary for providing this invaluable resource.
Link to http://washtheocon.org/resources/
The Consortium schools offer a huge range of summer courses (for credit, or audit) in topics that range from church leadership to worship, Biblical studies to languages, church history to interfaith engagement. See the Summer Courses WTC Schools 2017. For course descriptions, go to Search Courses and do search, then click on course title.
Also note: There are a number of…More
Churches across the country are engaged in a growing ministry with incarcerated persons who are preparing to return to their communities. The re-entry process is challenging and risk-prone; but with support and local networks, former residents find new opportunities and hope for re-entering as a productive member of the community. The more these churches and faith communities learn about…More