Progress 2015 Ministry Preparation

Ministry Preparation: EDS must prepare students for diverse ministries and careers, lay and ordained, across denomination and faith communities.

Progress Toward Goals (back to Progress2015)

  • EDS has hired three new faculty members to add to its slate of longtime, dedicated senior faculty: one in Historical and Systematic Theology; one in Contemporary Society and Christian Ethics; and one in Liturgical Theology and Anglican Studies.
  • EDS has embarked on planning and implementing a pilot program to provide an exceptional education and ease the burden of student loan repayment with the purpose of allowing exceptional postulants and candidates the opportunity to live out their call to faith and leadership through collaboration with dioceses and other judicatories. Through this proposed pilot program EDS will explore the opportunity to combine creatively subsidized theological education with a commitment to service in underserved communities.
  • EDS held a Faculty Colloquium to draft a plan for a comprehensive Assessment Program.
  • EDS is working to finalize a Religion minor at Lesley University.
  • An Interfaith Spiritual Life Advisor Field Education position for EDS students has been established in Lesley University’s Student Life office.
  • EDS is working with the Diocese of Massachusetts and the Episcopal City Mission to develop more field education opportunities through the Mission Institute, a collaborative endeavor to equip lay people and clergy for transformational ministry.
  • Lesley University’s Graduate School for Arts and Social Sciences Advanced Professional Certificate in Counseling and Psychology for Educators, Clergy, Managers, and Health and Human Service Professionals now can be integrated into EDS students’ MDiv and MATS degrees.
  • With the help of a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, EDS has added several interfaith learning opportunities: Interfaith Table Talks, meetings with individual practitioners of various faiths during lunch on selected Thursdays after chapel, and a conference called “Abrahamic Religions on the Silk Road: Remapping our understanding of the geography of the Christian world,” which nearly 100 leaders, teachers, and students attended.
  • EDS’s 2012 Alumni/ae Days highlighted interfaith and continuing educational learning with a theme: “From Monologue to Dialogue.” EDS hosted a panel on “Opening Local Communities for Interfaith Engagement,” and the Kellogg Lectures were given by Dr. Ingrid Mattson, the first woman to serve as president of the Islamic Society of North America. The titles of her lectures were “What Does It Mean to Be an Observant Muslim in America?” and “What Is the Current State of Christian-Muslim Relations?”  
  • In May 2012, eighteen students, faculty, and staff embarked on a two-week Interfaith Travel Seminar for China (Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Xian, Beijing).
  • Students joined in the Cambridge Interfaith Environmental Group (Hope in Action) local initiative to alert low-income residents of Cambridge to “green savings” opportunities.
  • In cooperation with the Director of the Career Center at Tufts University and the Director of Career Services at Harvard Divinity School, EDS’s Dean of Students and Community Life is working on building a database of vocational opportunities for EDS students and alumni/ae. We are also planning to offer workshops on resume building, interviewing, and networking.