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Centers and Institutes

In 1974, Garrett-Evangelical affirmed three institutional commitments:

  • church and the Black experience
  • women and ministry
  • peace and justice

Today, additional institutional commitments have extended to address changing needs of the culture and of the student body. The following centers and institutes have been established to enrich seminary life, to allow students, faculty, and the church to interact in programs of mutual interest, and to bring new perspectives to the community. They operate with several different kinds of organization and activities.

Asian/Asian American Ministries Center

Established by the seminary in 1984, this center serves the needs of Asian American students, pastors, and churches. The office provides services to churches throughout the North Central Jurisdiction by recruiting students for ordained ministry and by training seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders for effective ministry in cross-cultural settings. For more information, contact Ahyun Lee, student coordinator or Wonhee Anne Joh, faculty director, at 847.866.3974.

Center for the Church and the Black Experience

Instituted in 1970 as one of the primary emphases of the seminary, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) focuses on African American experience and ministry. This center responds to the needs of the African American students, pastors, and churches. Its purpose is to ensure the integration of black religious experience into all aspects of seminary life, including student recruitment, faculty development, curriculum planning, and special programs. Its aims are instituted by incorporating the African American experience into existing curricula, rather than establishing separate black studies programs; by the endowment of scholarships for black students; and by the establishment of a parity committee made up of equal numbers of black and white faculty.

For more information, contact Angela Cowser, director, at 847-866-3984. To learn more about CBE, go to www.Garrett.edu/CBE.

Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latin American Center

Established in 1988, this center seeks to bring Hispanic culture and experience into the life of the seminary and provide continuing education to the church. It strives to serve the needs of Hispanic and Latin American students, pastors, and churches. The office provides services to churches throughout the North Central Jurisdiction by recruiting students for ordained ministry and by training seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders for effective ministry in cross-cultural settings.

For more information, contact Nancy Bedford, 847.866.3931 or Osvaldo Vena, 847.866.3867, advisors.

Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

The Rueben Job Institute is an initiative for continuing education in spiritual formation, developed by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. We are pleased to honor Bishop Rueben Job in this initiative. As an alumnus of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Bishop Job’s ministry has pioneered spiritual formation practices within the United Methodist Church. Garrett-Evangelical has continued this pioneering work through the development of the United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation and spiritual formation/direction specializations throughout our degree programs.

The Rueben Job Institute also offers a number of online courses for continuing education credit. Some of the upcoming courses include: Spiritual Direction during Crises of Impass, A Quiet Pentecost: Imagining and Enhancing your Spiritual Direction/Formation Ministry, and Henri Nouwen: Journey to Perfection through Imperfection. A full listing of courses is available here.

For more information, contact Frederick Schmidt, 847.8667.3985. To learn more about the Institute, go to www.RuebenJobInstitute.org.

Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values

An endowed center, the ethics center draws together seminary resources, graduate professional schools, area pastors, and laity to address the compelling ethical issues facing contemporary society; e.g., technological interventions at the beginning and ending of life; war and religion; the plight of children in the cities; the environment; and human experimentation. It seeks to bring a theological perspective to these issues of ecumenical and international scope. Special lecture series and seminars are among the settings which will bring religious communities, seminary scholars, and university colleagues together with the Garrett-Evangelical community.

You can contact Brent Waters, director, at 847.866.3915 or stead.center@garrett.edu.

Styberg Preaching Institute

Endowed in 2005, the Styberg Preaching Institute exists to form Christian leaders in the theological and practical disciplines necessary to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ faithfully in the context of contemporary cultures. The resources and programs of the institute are available to students, pastors, and alums.

For more information, contact Gennifer Brooks, director, at 847.866.3888 or styberg@garrett.edu. To learn more about the institute, go to www.Garrett.edu/Styberg.

WomenIMAGES

Established in the early 1970s to provide programs and act as a catalyst for the whole community, WomenIMAGES (Women in Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary) provides community and educational opportunities for women and seeks to create a nonsexist context for theological education. The center offers student-organized opportunities for learning and advocacy.

For further information contact Virginia Lee, advisor, at 847.866.4549.