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ESR Receives Lilly Endowment Grant to Improve the Economic Well-Being of Future Ministers

Earlham School of Religion has received a $248,948 grant as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers.  It is one of 67 theological schools across the country to receive this funding. 



Personal financial pressures are severely limiting the ability of seminary graduates to accept calls to Christian ministry and undermining the effectiveness of too many pastoral leaders.  To help address…
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Gratitude, Justice, Mystery

Earlham School of Religion Assistant Professor and Ministry of Writing Program Director Ben Brazil delivered the following message in ESR worship on Thursday, November 21:

 

 The word gratitude has kind of an old fashioned ring to it, but among writers on…

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ESR named as one of 18 "Seminaries that Change the World"

Earlham School of Religion is honored to be named one of the eighteen schools included in the 2014 class of …
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New student introduction: Theoneste Sentabire

We're excited to introduce to you some of our new students who will be joining us for the spring semester. Today's featured student is Theoneste Sentabire, who joins us from Rwanda as an International MDiv Cooper Scholar: 

Peace is not an absence of hostilities only! It embraces all…

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More Words Will Not Work

ESR alum and current Richmond First Friends pastor Derek Parker delivered this message during worship there on Sunday, November 3, 2013:

What do Quakers believe?  The question is common, but it won’t take us very far.  We need to reach…

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Preaching Truth and Listening for Truth: Early Quaker Mary Fisher and Prospects for Interreligious Dialogue

ESR Geraldine Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies Stephen W. Angell delivered a version of this essay as a lecture for the Gathering of Adult Young Friends in Plainfield, Indiana, on November 8, 2013.…

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I love to feel where the words come from

ESR Professor of Peace and Justice Studies Lonnie Valentine reflects on an early Quaker experience of multifaith dialogue:

"I love to feel where the words come from."
These words were spoken to John Woolman as he was traveling during the…
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Faitheist

ESR Director of Recruitment and Admissions Matt Hisrich reflects on a recent book about building bridges between atheists and those of faith:
Harvard University Assistant Humanist Chaplain Chris Stedman seeks to chart a different course from the combative “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and others. As the…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 10th mo. 17, 2013 at 8:45am — No Comments

When might we be called to resist the demands of the state?

ESR Professor of Peace and Justice Studies Lonnie Valentine  was awarded the Elton Trueblood Chair of Christian Thought earlier this year to study Quakers and war tax resistance. Below, he shares a reflection on John Woolman's involvement in this effort:

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 10th mo. 15, 2013 at 8:32am — No Comments

Meet Hannah Whitall Smith, a “Convergent Friend” at the turn of the nineteenth century

Below, ESR's Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality Carole Spencer shares about discovering Hannah Whitall Smith. Carole recently delivered the 2013 J.M. Ward Distinguished Quaker Visitor Lecture at Guilford College on the subject of this important figure:
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 10th mo. 8, 2013 at 8:33am — 8 Comments

Community, Knowledge, and Peace

Wilmington College Senior and Quaker Heritage Center Staff Isaac Garrison invites you to join the College for their annual Westheimer Peace Symposium:

Community, knowledge, and peace.  These are the concepts that appear together on campus when the Westheimer Peace Symposium is upon us.  The Westheimer Peace Symposium has been a…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 26, 2013 at 8:27am — No Comments

How Samuel Fisher Knew that God Was Still Speaking

Message delivered by Stephen W. Angell at Earlham School of Religion Worship Service, September 19, 2013:

“While remaining in herself, [Wisdom] renews all things;

in every generation she passes into holy souls

and makes them friends of God, and prophets.” …
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The Earlham College Friends Collection and Archives

Earlham College Director of Special Collections Tom Hamm provides this overview of the Friends Collection:

The Friends Collection is one of the three or four best collections of Quaker materials in North America, and one of the five or six best in the…

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Report from 2013 Pacific Yearly Meeting - Another Hard Lesson From God

ESR Professor of Peace and Justice Studies Lonnie Valentine brings us this report from the 67th Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting, held from July 29th through August 3rd 2013 at Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA :…
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Gratitude

ESR student Martin Melville recently shared this message in Worship during the 2013 August Intensives:

People often do not give thanks for the blessings they receive. Those blessings can come through other people, directly from God, or is ways that surprise us- -one might say, by the back door. 
The Grace of God is all…
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Shine in the Quaker Heritage Center

Wilmington College Junior and Quaker Heritage Center Staffer Bri Knisley gives us an overview and update on the Center:

The Quaker Heritage…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 6, 2013 at 8:41am — No Comments

Help ESR Imagine Our Future

Greetings from ESR!





Would you like to help shape the future of our course offerings? We invite you to do so by completing the brief survey at the link below.…



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Report on Iowa Yearly Meetings

ESR student April Barnhart shares her reflections on attending the 2013 annual sessions of Iowa Yearly Meeting and Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative:

This year I attended portions of both Iowa Yearly Meeting and Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative. Attending both, in many ways felt like a homecoming. There was a comfort level as I connected with fellow pilgrims and we all basked in the goodness and…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 8th mo. 30, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

The Road to ESR (and Beyond)

ESR student Martin Melville reflects on finding his way to ESR, and his recent decision to enroll as a degree-seeking student:

The meeting bulletin had a notice in it: ESR Traveling Ministries. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Arch St. Meetinghouse. Arch Street is most of four hours from home. On a busy Saturday. I attended. I…
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A Modest Proposal: Quakers Should Embrace Multiple Views of Christ’s Atonement

ESR's Stephen W. Angell shares this reflection after attending Indiana and Ohio Valley Yearly Meetings this past summer:

At both Ohio Valley and Indiana Yearly Meeting, I heard voices of disapproval toward the view of Christ and Christ’s atonement that was not the featured one at that yearly meeting’s…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 8th mo. 12, 2013 at 6:44am — 6 Comments

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