News from EDS

A Letter from Dean Kelly Brown Douglas

Dear Members of the EDS family:

Staying Ahead of the Curve: EDS Co-Sponsors Leadership Boot Camp

Joslyn Ogden SchaeferThe Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer '13 was surprised earlier this year when she received an invitation from Episcopal Divinity School to participate in a leadership Boot Camp, a continuing education program the seminary cosponsored with The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). 

“Dollars for Debt” helps 32 EDS grads breathe a little easier

August 3, 2017--Episcopal Divinity School has awarded grants that will reduce the student debt of 32 alumni and alumnae, interim president William Nelsen announced today.

The grants, which ranged in amount from $250 to $9,298 were made through the seminary’s Dollars for Debt program, which is supported by the Lilly Foundation. EDS awarded $98,265, and each applicant received slightly more than six cents per dollar of debt. 

Book Sale on September 5-8 and September 11-15

Episcopal Divinity School, 99 Brattle Street in Cambridge, is holding a book sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 5-8 and 11-15 in the Tyler Room of the Burnham Building.

Statement from Board Chair Gary Hall on EDS Property

A pair of stories regarding the property that Episcopal Divinity School owns in Cambridge have caused some confusion, particularly a story on the Curbed Boston website suggesting that the sale of the property had hit a “serious snag.” That isn’t the case. Indeed, the brokers with whom EDS is working have not yet circulated any offering materials regarding the Cambridge property that EDS will be offering to sell. Here is how the confusion occurred:

June 8: Transitions Update from Interim President Nelsen

June 8, 2017

Dear Alumni/ae, Donors, and Friends,

Episcopal Divinity School to Affiliate with Union Theological Seminary

Kelly Brown Douglas

The Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Scholar and Racial Justice Activist, Named EDS’s New Dean.

Cambridge, MA, May 19, 2017—Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary announced today that they have signed an agreement that will allow EDS to continue as an Episcopal seminary through a collaboration with Union at its campus in New York City beginning in the fall of 2018.

May 11: Update on Transitions at EDS

May 11, 2017

To the EDS community:

Soon after the Board of Trustees voted in February to pursue an affiliation with Union Theological Seminary, a team from EDS began negotiating with Union’s leaders to give shape to EDS’s future in New York City. In two months we’ve made great progress, and we are confident that the board will have a proposed agreement to vote on when it meets in Cambridge next week on May 16 and 17.

Episcopal Divinity School Votes to Pursue Affiliation with Union Theological Seminary in New York

Cambridge, MA – February 24, 2017 – The Board of Trustees of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) today voted to pursue an affiliation with Union Theological Seminary that would create an EDS entity to provide Episcopal theological education and other programs at Union’s campus in New York.

The Board of Trustees of Union Theological Seminary has voted enthusiastically to support Union’s leadership in bringing negotiations with EDS to a successful conclusion.

Civil Rights, Immigrant Rights, and the Church’s Prophetic Role

Throughout history people in the church have been called to a prophetic role—to use the lessons of faith and ethics to challenge unjust actions and decisions in the political realm. Sometimes, as church leaders and members, we don’t take that role as seriously as we should. Ironically President Trump’s executive order on immigration has awakened us to a new and widespread call to prophetic challenges and prophetic action.