Progress 2015 Partnerships

Partnerships: EDS must build a progressive Christian movement, both domestically and abroad.

Progress Toward Goals (back to Progress2015)

  • EDS is working with the Diocese of Massachusetts and the Episcopal City Mission to develop the Mission Institute, a collaborative endeavor to equip lay people and clergy for transformational ministry.
  • EDS leadership and staff are developing strategies for engaging and informing Bishops about what EDS offers students and dioceses.
  • In May 2012, the first student from Bloy House, one of our recent partnerships, graduated with a MATS.
  • EDS welcomed three DMin students through a program in collaboration with EAM (Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries of The Episcopal Church).
  • EDS is working with its consortium partners at the Boston Theological Institute (BTI) to focus reduce costs for member schools, re-crafting the vision and focus for the consortium, and evaluating the most effective and efficient use of staff time and other resources.
  • A task force of the EDS board, along with EDS staff, have been in conversation with one another and with the Society for the Increase of Ministry about a proposed plan to enable dioceses with struggling congregations to be able to retain the fine students they send to study at EDS. A pilot program is planned for fall 2012.
  • EDS has begun alliances with The Director of Access Services for Students with Disabilities at Lesley University, The Director of Disability Services at Harvard University, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and The Episcopal Conference for the Deaf to develop course offerings in Deaf Education, as well as to position EDS as a leader in welcoming differently abled students to our campus.
  • EDS has partnered with corporations Liberty Mutual and Verizon Wireless to offer discounts to the alumni/ae and the faculty and staff communities respectively.