Roslyn D. Weaver, Admissions Counselor
Phone: (931) 598-1283
Charline Hookey, Program Specialist, Office for Community Life and Financial Aid
Phone: (931) 598-1470
Sewanee’s Focus On
Building Global Bridges
Seminarian Alex Andujar, T’14, traveled to Cuba as part of the School’s cross-cultural component of contextual education. Since Andujar’s visit in January 2013, he has established a non-profit organization — Foundation for Hispanic and Latino Ministry (FHLM) — that is working with seminarians and the Episcopal Church in Cuba to do mission work and other ministry. Andujar said there are two current projects in Cuba — helping support Cuban seminarians by providing money for tuition, room and board, and other needs, and funding vacation Bible schools. As of early July, the non-profit had secured funding for three Vacation Bible Schools, with two of those funded by The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK). “Overall, we are making great progress and are excited about the future of ministry to Spanish speakers both in Cuba and the United States,” Andujar said. You can read more about these programs online at fhlmespicopal.org.
Building Generational Bridges
Single seminarians have the unique opportunity to participate in the University’s new resident chaplain program, the collective brainchild of several seminarians who worked with The School of Theology and the college to develop the program and obtain grants for the cost. Now in its second year, the program has five resident chaplains who live in residence halls across campus, funded by the Office for Residential Life. Resident chaplains offer college students support and encouragement regarding academic, personal, social, and religious matters, with open hours and regular meetings. Each resident chaplain ministers to the students living in several dorms. They host programs to enhance student life while simultaneously offering the seminarian experiential learning opportunities. Some of the programs last year included prayer hikes, a book club, the Good Man Initiative, Wonderfully Made for LGBTQ students, late night pancake suppers on party weekend, and Compline. Resident chaplains also encourage student participation in the University’s programs including Growing in Grace, Catechumenate, and University Counseling Services.
Building Sustainable Bridges
One of the greatest assets of the University of the South lies beneath — the 13,000 acre ecological treasure commonly known as the Domain. This outdoor living laboratory has been used for educating students in the fields of biology, geology, forestry, and environmental studies. Beginning in 2012, Dr. Cynthia Crysdale, professor of Christian ethics and theology, decided that the seminarian students should not miss the rich lessons hidden the forests. Crysdale asks, “Why discuss environmental ethics sitting in a classroom? No other seminary is blessed with all this land to manage. It is a unique and treasured resource for the University and The School of Theology.” As students become more familiar with the rich natural environment, they find parallels between the lessons of forest management and liturgical development, stewardship of the earth, and the ethics of sustainability. In both cases, as their understanding and interpretation of the land advances, they are better able to articulate God’s will, discarding those liturgies or techniques that no longer resonate. “Rather than being stewards of original creation, we are stewards of God’s continuous creation, which makes land stewardship inherently sociological, psychological, and theological,” explains Bob Ruth, T’12.
Building on this ecological foundation, on Oct.29, 2013, The School of Theology will host “Faith, Farm, and Food,” a national initiative that supports the ethos of The Episcopal Church’s Five Marks of Mission and brings together church leaders, practitioners of sustainable agriculture, and people involved with food justice issues. Over the three-day event, the group will work to establish The School of Theology as a teaching center, a live-learn community for the Episcopal Church’s efforts to support sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Building Transformative Bridges
This year, a new elective course has been added to the seminary curriculum on biblical foundations and practical tools that enable congregations to make a difference in their neighborhoods. This elective is the first step in our Transforming Congregations and Communities Leadership Development Initiative, building partnerships for a new leadership development track so that field education students can integrate the tools of faith-based community organizing in their practice of leadership development in congregations and communities.
Carefully selected parishes will serve as “mission enterprise sites” that will participate in a one-year program in partnership with a seminarian for leadership development, community organizing, and theological reflection. Seminarians will be launching mission-based teams, gathered for the purpose of responding to a locally discerned mission need, and for the development and execution of a mission based plan that reaches into the community and creates relationships between the church and the community in ways that have not existed before. They will experience dynamic, congregation-based engagement, recognize culturally systemic patterns of inequity and alienation and unite people from a variety of multicultural and faith-based congregational contexts — putting into practice the course objective for building a people of power for transformational love and justice.
“The School of Theology educates women and men to serve the broad whole of the Episcopal Church in ordained and lay vocations. The School develops leaders who are learned, skilled, informed by the Word of God, and committed to the mission of Christ’s church, in the Anglican tradition of forming disciples through a common life of prayer, learning, and service. Sewanee’s seminary education and world-wide programs equip people for ministry through the gift of theological reflection in community.”
Sewanee is a “thin” place, a place charged with God’s presence, a place where the corporal and the spiritual meet. At The School of Theology, men and women discover a brilliant, passionate faculty devoting their minds to the Church’s mission; a discipline of prayer that seeks the Holy Spirit’s shaping energy; a community united by Christ while differing in perspective and background; informed, imaginative training in pastoral leadership; an unshaken confidence in the gifts the Anglican tradition brings to the Christian movement and the world; a humane, welcoming, vibrant community amid astonishing natural beauty: that is what Sewanee offers, in God’s name.
The School of Theology of the University of the South offers generous financial aid to supplement seminary students’ own resources and the financial support of the parishes and dioceses that send them. Financial aid is meant to serve the church’s mission by opening the way to excellent theological education to those who otherwise could not afford it, and to minimize the burden of additional educational debt carried into parish ministry. Thanks to the gifts of many generations, Sewanee has substantial resources for these purposes, and is glad to be able to meet as much as possible of students’ demonstrated financial need.
To ensure that grant aid goes where it is needed most, applicants for financial aid are required to demonstrate financial need. These awards are calculated on the basis of income from all sources in relation to allowable expenses, up to a maximum grant level set annually.
The School of Theology annually awards a small number of Chancellor’s Scholarships. These are grants above and beyond an applicant’s demonstrated financial need to some students of exceptional promise preparing for distinctive ministries in the Episcopal Church. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship should include a letter with their financial aid application, describing their plans for ministry and mission, and indicating their qualifications. Recipients are selected prior to entering seminary. Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients will continue to receive their award for the normal period of the degree program if their performance is deemed adequate by the faculty.
William A. Griffin Holy Land Theological Scholarship
This scholarship was established as a memorial by his wife, Anne Griffin, and daughter, Shore Griffin. William A. Griffin taught Old Testament at The School of Theology from 1959 until his untimely death in 1988. Recipients are selected to participate in a summer study abroad program conducted in the Holy Land. Griffin believed that travel and study in the Holy Land should be a part of every seminarian’s experience to give a sense of authenticity in Biblical studies that is hard to come by otherwise.
DuBose Scholarships are based on need. You must be at least 32 years old by May 1; be a postulant or candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church; and be enrolled in an approved seminary to be considered for a scholarship. Click here for application and instructions.
Evangelical Education Society
The Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church makes Evangelism for the 21st Century grants of up to $5,000 for special initiatives to Episcopalians at ATS-accredited schools. For further information, visit their Web site at www.ees1862.org. Note: This is a grant for actual ministry initiatives, not for tuition, books, or living expenses at school.
Honorable and Mrs. Nelson P. Sanford Endowment Fund
This is a revolving emergency loan fund available for the training of Episcopal priests available only once in a seminary career in the amount of $1,000. Apply through the Office of Financial Aid.
Many Sides of Sustainability. A course offered to undergraduates (mostly senior natural resource majors) and seminarians. This course has several goals, including helping people steeped in natural sciences and those in theology to begin to develop a common vocabulary. This includes biblical, theological, and practical congregational materials as well as economic and “hard” scientific matters with possible interaction with the University of Georgia’s river Basin Center. There are readings, lectures, seminars, and field trips. The major graded piece is a small team project.
The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas. This course will examine the theological ethics of Stanley Hauerwas. Taking both a developmental and thematic approach, topics considered will be such distinctively Hauerwasian issues as vision, virtue, agents and agency, narrative, character, community, tragedy, suffering, pacifism, medical ethics, the mentally handicapped, and the Church. Hauerwas’s ambiguous ecclesial status as both Methodist and Episcopalian, with deep indebtedness to the Roman Catholic and Mennonite traditions, will also be considered, as well as his recent attempts to re-focus Christian preaching on theology.
Augustine of Hippo: Self and Society. This course is a seminar engaging two of Augustine’s civilization-altering books: The Confessions and The City of God. Augustine’s assessment of the cultures in which he was raised and their inadequacy for sustaining human life, and his exposition of a radical alternative in the life of the Trinity, raises acute political and social as well as personal issues. The primary focus of the course will be a close literary and theological reading of major portions of Augustine’s text in translation (students who read Latin will be encouraged to work with the original). Secondary readings — biographical, sociopolitical, theological, and feminist — will help widen and sharpen the questions brought to the text.
Missiology. This Course examines all aspects of the mission of the Church, including theology and history of missions, current mission practice and experience.
The Programs Center
The School of Theology Programs Center offers programs for adults that are intended to equip Christians to live out their lives and ministry in response to their baptismal vows. Special workshops, events, leadership training, and continuing education opportunities are available for clergy and laity alike.
Participants in the Bishops-in-residence program are invited to spend one week at The School of Theology for a time of reflection, recreation, study, and spiritual renewal. They participate as fully as they choose in the life of the community. Although there is no formal program, bishops may take part in classes, participate in the liturgy, interact with students and faculty, do research and reading in the library, or otherwise share their experiences and insights with the seminary. More information is available from Sarah Mooney, conference coordinator.
Fellows-in-residence are clergy and laity who are invited to spend two weeks at The School of Theology for a time of reflection, recreation, study, and sharing in community. While there is no formal program, fellows are provided with faculty consultants, if they so desire, and opportunities to attend classes and other University events. More information is available from Sarah Mooney, conference coordinator.
Committee for Diversity and Reconciliation
Originally founded by Dean Stafford as the Committee for a New Day, the committee initially focused on historic issues of race and racism. The Committee for Diversity and Reconciliation is now expanding its engagement of faculty and students and broadening its scope of work to include a range of critical social issues, such as discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, class, and disability. Listening sessions this fall will determine the direction of the committee’s work in the coming year.
The Committee’s Charge: “This is a standing committee of The School of Theology. It is charged to deepen the education of this community concerning the sins of prejudice and discrimination based on such things as age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. In the context of God’s creation and reconciliation of humankind it seeks to:
- develop and implement ways to foster a change of mind and heart in and beyond this community
- widen the presence and participation of under-represented groups throughout The School of Theology
- promote changes to our structures and culture so that we may be a more adequate sign and instrument of God’s reign.”
Partnered with The Kaleidoscope Institute
Seeks to transform individuals and society by integrating faith with care for the environment. Its associates promote contemplative outdoor spiritual practice and explore the ideas that flow from that experience. As a think tank, we also provide intellectual content for CRE’s partners.
Faculty and Administration Involvement
“The Mountain,” as Sewanee’s home is sometimes called, is known for its serenity and panoramic beauty. Located in Sewanee, Tennessee, in the heart of the Southeast, its wooded trails and long views into the surrounding countryside are ideal for spiritual reflection. But the benefits of the School’s location are more than atmospheric. Here, you will find an affordable cost of living as well as a close community—founded on cooperation, interdependence, and mutual support. Seminarians, faculty, and staff not only join in an academic setting, but interact as neighbors and friends. The town of Sewanee, with a population of 3,000 in walking distance from campus, has a range of convenient amenities—from gourmet coffee shops to public parks to a Barnes and Noble bookstore. You will find additional restaurants and shops in neighboring Monteagle. And for urban opportunities, Chattanooga, Huntsville and Nashville, are all within a 60-90 minutes drive.