News from EDS

Ellen Oak Joins EDS as Director of Music

Ellen Oak

Ellen brings a wealth of experience to EDS as a musician, retreat leader, and teacher. She earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Yale School of Music, as well as a Master of Arts in Religion, Music, and Worship at Yale Divinity School. She has served as director of music at Regis College, adjunct professor in worship, theology and the arts at Andover Newton Theological School, and as the director of music at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns Joins the Faculty of Episcopal Divinity School

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns

This fall, The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns joins EDS as a faculty member in Liturgics and Anglican Studies. His most recent position has been as a research fellow in public and contextual theology at Charles Sturt University in Sydney, Australia. 

Dr. Burns studied theology at the universities of Durham (BA, MA and PhD) and Cambridge (MLitt) and has since taught theology in Durham and Birmingham (both UK), as well as in Sydney. He has also served in parish ministry and is a priest in the orders of the Church of England.

New Students Join EDS

New Students at EDS

CAMBRIDGE, MA—On Monday, September 10, 2012, new students, from across the country and around the world, affirmed their commitment to the “service of God through the life and ministry of this school” at a 5:30pm Matriculation Service held in St. John’s Memorial Chapel at Episcopal Divinity School.

Exploring Intersex and Transgender Theology

Dr. Susannah Cornwall

On Friday, September 7, 2012 over fifty people assembled in Sherrill Library at Episcopal Divinity School for a groundbreaking panel on intersex and transgender theologies.

Will Bronson ’08 Runs for Congress

Will Bronson, who earned his DMin from EDS in 2008, is running for US Congress in FL 17. We asked him a few questions and below are a few of his answers. You can learn more at his campaign website, 

What lead you to run for Congress?

The Rev. Gay Jennings ’77 Elected President of the House of Deputies

The Rev. Gay Jennings

The Rev. Gay Jennings ’77 was elected president of the House of Deputies during the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis on July 10, 2012. After receiving her Master of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School, Jennings served in various parishes and committees of the Diocese of Ohio and the Episcopal Church and was an eight-time deputy to General Convention. Most recently, she was the associate director of the CREDO Institute, which provides opportunities for bishops, deacons, priests, and lay employees a holistic approach to health and wellness.

EDS Represented in Opening Remarks by President of House of Deputies

Bonnie Anderson

Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies and honorary degree recipient from Episcopal Divinity School, gave a rousing speech on the opening of the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, using the occasion of the Independence Day of the United States to remind those assembled of the democratic heritage of the Episcopal Church and the importance of living up to that tradition.

Reflections from Bonnie Anderson, President of the Episcopal Church's House of Deputies

Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church and honorary degree receipient from Episcopal Divinity School, was a guest lecturer in The Rev. Canon Edward W. Rodman's recent class on the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

Episcopal Divinity School Welcomes Christi Humphrey ’08 as new Director of Alumni/ae and Constituent Engagement

EDS alumna Christi Humphrey was recently hired for a newly created position of Director of Alumni/ae and Constituent Engagement. In this new role Humphrey will oversee and direct outreach, programming, engagement, and stewardship strategies for alumni/ae, parishes, organizations, and friends of Episcopal Divinity School. She will work closely with staff and volunteers to develop new alumni/ae relations program initiatives and explore opportunities to strengthen existing programs.

EDS Announces Student Loan Debt Relief Pilot Program to Help the Church Meet the Needs of Underserved Communities

June 28, 2012, CAMBRIDGE, MA—Student loan debt has become a hot topic, as students move from asking whether they will take out loans to the question of how much.

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is pleased to announce the beginning a fully funded pilot program that helps Episcopal dioceses retain the best and brightest seminarians while finding solutions for the growing student loan debt crisis facing seminarians.