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Intersection: Where Cutting-Edge Scholarship Meets Online Convenience

Intersection is an innovative continuing education program that allows you to earn Continuing Education Units online with engaging and thought-provoking content. 

Intersection incorporates lectures by and reflection with the distinguished faculty of Garrett-Evangelical. Over the course of the academic year, faculty members present Intersection lectures to the seminary community and public on topics ranging from theology, biblical interpretation, church history and the church in society. These lectures include retirement lectures that celebrate the accomplishments and careers of our renowned scholars, sabbatical lectures which showcase current research and exploration, and mark professional milestones and accolades. The lectures are videotaped and made available right from the seminary's website.

Who Benefits

Intersection lectures can be used to earn Continuing Education Units for clergy and laity. By completing a three-step CEU Lecture Program, individuals can earn 0.5 (half) Continuing Education Units for each lecture and associated activity. This three-step process is as follows:

  1. Watch the video taped presentation online or attend future faculty lecture in person
  2. Complete an assigned reading
  3. Write a reflective paper, which will be reviewed by a Garrett-Evangelical faculty member

Intersection can be completed entirely online or on campus. There is a $50 fee, which covers registration and enrollment costs. Garrett-Evangelical adheres to the CEU policy set forth by the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) that five hours equals 0.5 (half) CEU.

Next Steps

To get started choose which lecture you would like to watch and then click "Enroll Now." Once registered the Office of External Programs will provide you with the necessary materials to get started.

Prefer to register by phone or email? Have additional questions? Contact the Office of External Programs at 847.866.4547 or

Creative Destruction, the Market State, and the Holy Spirit

Dr. Brent Waters, Jerree and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics
Recorded March 4, 2015

The anxieties and uncertainties stemming from dynamic global markets cannot be remove, at least for the foreseeable future. Globalization is a packaged deal. Enjoying its benefits requires enduring its anxiety, for they are inescapably intertwined and the creativity generated by global markets is predicated upon its destructive capability. This lecture examined some of the principle political and ethical issues posed by globalization, while exploring how the Holy Spirit might also be at work in this process.



Evangelism: The Queen of Theological Education

Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism
Recorded February 4, 2015

Evangelism requires people to enter into the presence of God, learn to articulate their faith, and share their faith publically. These activities are also at the heart of theological education. Based on this, theological education can only be effective if those who participate in it as learners and teachers are guided by evangelism.



From Sabbath Schools to Freedom Schools, Public Theology and the Power of Violence

Dr. Reginald Blount, Assitant Professor of Formation, Youth and Culture
Recorded November 5, 2014



The Social Dimensions of the Johanine “I ams” and Their Significance for the Church and the Academy

Dr. Osvaldo Vena, Professor of New Testament Interpretation
Recorded April 2, 2014

In this sabbatical lecture, Dr. Osvaldo Vena explores the implications of the “I am” statements in the Gospel of John using contextual and historical criticism. What emerges is a dynamic and evocative thesis with exciting implications for 21st Century interpretations.



A Day in the Ancient Mediterranean

Dr. Charles Cosgrove, Professor of Early Christian Literature
Recorded March 19, 2014

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Charles Cosgrove, Professor of Early Christian Literature, as part of a sabbatical project, wrote a novella which follows a fictional family living in Rome in 60CE. The novel follows the characters through a typical day in their lives and as it does so, illuminates the commonplace realities that informed their entire life experiences. Understanding cultural context is foundational to the study of Christian History, Scripture and Theology. In this innovative exploration Dr. Cosgrove makes more vivid, concrete and memorable, those essential elements of early Christian life which can sometimes be overlooked or under-valued in traditional settings.

This lecture, presented as a capstone to his sabbatical, gives an overview of some of the elements lifted up in his novella, explores his choices for inclusion and exclusion and features the charming and lively style which has made Dr. Cosgrove a favorite of Garrett-Evangelical students.



The Joy of Endings

The Rev. Dr. Philip Amerson was president of Garrett-Evangelical from 2006-2013
Recorded December 4, 2013

As part of a series of Public Theology events on the occasion of his retirement, President Emeritus Philip Amerson reflects on his life in the academy, in the Church and in the service of God.  President Amerson’s wise and erudite observations about growth, change and transition are enhanced by his renowned charm and sense of humor.  This lecture offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a man truly devoted to servant leadership.



Rituals of the Diaspora: An Ongoing Exploration and Story

Dr. Gennifer Brooks, Ernest and Bernice Styberg Associate Professor of Homiletics
Recorded November 13, 2013

Dr. Gennifer Brooks explores two forms of ritual in two cultures of Africa in diaspora: Panama and St. Vincent. The tales of the relationships of these communities with their religious lives are filled with good humor, exhaustive research and the expansive knowledge of liturgy and culture that typify Dr. Brooks’ scholarship and instruction.



Standing at the Edge of the Mississippi: Reflections on a Different Paradigm for Theological Education

Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Professor of Old Testament
Recorded on March 21, 2012

Dr. Anderson’s lecture will propose helping students to develop their own socio-historical narratives as a connecting thread that weaves together their seminary coursework.



Apotaxis and Ethics: The Baptismal Renunications and Christian Discipleship

Dr. Ron Anderson, Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Worship and Director
Recorded on March 7, 2012

Dr. Anderson will explore the implications of the recovery of the apotaxis and syntaxis in the baptismal liturgies of many mainline protestant churches in the USA. In particular, the current United Methodist baptismal liturgy to explore how the baptismal renunciation and affirmation provide a framework for the development of a Christian ethic and a pattern of Christian discipleship.



The Ambiguity of God and Humans

Dr. James Poling, retired Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling
Recorded on October 26, 2011

In his retirement lecture, Poling explores the concept of ambiguity as a helpful concept for human religious life. In Jesus’s life, the cross and nonviolence are signs that show us the connections between human ambiguity and God’s ambiguity. This lecture is drawn from his recent book: Rethinking Faith: A Constructive Practical Theology (Fortress Press, 2011).



Vital Worship for the Twenty-First Century

Dr. Ruth Duck, Professor of Worship
Recorded on October 5, 2011

Based on the final chapter of Dr. Duck’s forthcoming textbook, Worship for the Whole People of God, this lecture focuses on the new and promising developments in North American worship.



Theology and the Unimaginable

Dr. Stephen Ray, Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology
Recorded on September 28, 2011

The lecture will be an exploration of how the Church can in a theologically responsible way conceive of forgiveness in the face of genocide; particularly when it unfolds in the midst of Christian communities and is facilitated by the actions of the faithful.



Dead Reckoning: Eschatology and Ethics

Dr. Brent Waters, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics
Recorded on September 21, 2011

This lecture charts a trajectory for the Christian moral life between what Dr. Waters calls “the poles of anticipatory remembrance and imaginative restlessness.”

Influenced by pastoral theologian and faculty colleague Dr. David Hogue and his book, Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past, Waters examines the relationship between eschatology and ethics by likening the Christian moral life to the ancient mariners and early pilots who, when unequipped with charts and instrumentation, employed what is known as “dead reckoning.”



Brain Matters: Toward a Practical Theology of Human Connectedness

Dr. David Hogue, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling
Recorded on September 14, 2011

This lecture sketches recent developments in the neurosciences and explores their implications for a practical theology of human relationality. Of particular interest will be human capacities for empathy and love, provocative hints about what goes wrong in relationships, and hopeful signs for their restoration.


The Pursuit of God in the World

Dr. David Frenchak
Recorded March 11, 2015

Public theology is a vocation, a calling to a disciplined practice of theological analysis that identifies God’s presence, activity and agenda in the world. It names the principalities and powers that obstruct or oppose God’s agenda in the world, and speaks truth to the principalities and powers. Public theology gives leadership and direction to the choices, decisions and actions the community of faith must make in order to further God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.



Power and Politics: Public Theology's Milieu

Dr. Mark Taylor, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary
Recorded December 13, 2014

This lecture considers the structures of the global orders and everyday living which public theologians may claim to engage. We explains why a discourse called public theology needs a historical ontology of power and some theory of “agnostic politics” where powers are always in contestation in any “public” life.



Public Theology and the Work of the Children's Defense Fund: A Change is Gonna Come

Rev. Janet Wolf, Director of Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm and Nonviolent Organizing
Recorded October 15, 2014



Happiness and Leadership

Dr. Matt Bloom is an Associate Professor at Mendoza School of Business, Notre Dame University
Recorded October 16, 2013

Dr. Bloom brings the scientific perspective on joy, building from a scientific definition of well being and applying it to the world of ministry, theology and practical life. Dr. Bloom’s presentation is based on cutting edge research, elucidated and enriched by his own vast experience.  The result is a presentation of value to individuals in ministry, their congregations and systems larger and small.



The Virtue of Joy

Dr. Gilbert Meilaender is the Professor of Theology, College of Arts and Sciences, Valparaiso University
Recorded September 16, 2013

This lecture, offered as one in a series on the theme of Joy, explores the relationship between Christian virtue and joy. Is virtue as a means of achieving personal joy? How does virtue propagating joy in relationships and community?


Panel Conversation: "Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation"

Recorded February 28, 2014

In celebration of the inauguration of President Lallene Rector and as an expression of Garrett-Evangelical’s continued commitment to Public Theology, these prestigious panelists were engaged to discuss the role of the seminary in the public square. This panelists explore the intersection of theology and Christian ethics where they intersect the realities of modern life on the topics of immigration, the environment and violence bringing with them a richness of experience and devout commitment to faith in action.

  •     Dr. Matthew Sleet, founder, Blessed Earth, Inc.
  •     Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral and Public Theology and Director of the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical
  •     Officer Loyce E. Spells II, Evanston Police Department
  •     Dr. Angela Coswer, Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and Assistant Professor of the Sociology of Religion
  •     Dr. Andrew Sund, President, North Park University
  •     Dr. Luis Rivera, Dean of Academic Affairs, Garrett-Evangelical



"The Joy of Educating for the Common Good"

Recorded October 23, 2013

This panel assembled as part of a series on Joy in celebration of the retirement of President Philip Amerson. This panel of prominent theological academics and practitioners were asked to address the questions, “What does it mean to evoke the idea of the common good such that it might become an object of our teaching? What does it mean to education in such a way that we might vivify already held notions of the common good? How might we in theological education transgress contemporary culture and ecclesial tendencies to treat the idea of the common good as little more than sentimental bosh?”

  •     Rev. Dr. Tom Porter, Just Peace Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation,
  •     Dr. Luis Rivera-Rodriguiz, Vice President and Academic Dean, Garrett-Evangelical Seminary
  •     Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, President of SCUPE
  •     Dr. Sara Wenger Shenk, President of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary



"The Joy of Congregational Life"

Recorded October 23, 2013

This panel was collected as part of a series on “Joy” presented in honor of the retirement of President Phil Amerson. This panel is comprised of innovative and experience practitioners in the field of ministry. They are asked to address two essential questions: “How have you personally found joy in the work of pastoral ministry that might exemplify for a new generation the worthiness of this call as something to which one might devote one’s life?” And “In what ways (or not) is this notion of joy compatible with the continuing professionalization of pastoral ministry and with the church’s increasing focus on quantitative measures of pastoral effectiveness?” Their thoughtful responses and creative approaches are informative and illustrative of the potential for joy in a calling to ministry.

  •     Dr. Richard Wisdom, Aurora District Superintendent, Northern Illinois Conference
  •     Rev. Laurie Haller, Co-Lead Pastor, First United Methodist Church Birmingham, Michigan
  •     Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III, Lead Pastor, Hope United Methodist Church, in Southfield Michigan