Welcome to the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, a lively center of learning and ministry in its fourth year of expansion, and celebrating over forty years as the proud incubator and home of Education for Ministry (EfM). The Beecken Center is a place that values the Anglican intellectual tradition and takes seriously the spiritual potential of the faithful as contributors to world change. Explore our site for more information and contact us today!
Beecken Center News
May 25, 2017
Invite*Welcome*Connect, created by Mary Parmer and developed through the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Newcomer Ministry Project, is a transformational ministry that equips and empowers congregations and individuals to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness rooted in the gospel imperative to, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Designed to accommodate congregations of all sizes, the work has been integrated into 40 dioceses in The Episcopal Church, seminaries, colleges, and other parts of the Anglican Communion. The Beecken Center will host the third Invite*Welcome*Connect summit in 2018, date and location to be announced.
May 13, 2015
The Bible Challenge offers an option not only for private study but also for congregations to explore together how this ancient and fundamentally informing text, so taken for granted, so often used for good and ill, still has power for Christians to renew their faith and inform their imagination. The Bible Challenge, which offers a year-long course of study for churches and individuals to daily engage the Old and New Testaments, has been an instrument not only for scriptural literacy but also for awakening the immense human hunger for “the abundant life.” This path offers an opportunity to see beyond scripture as a set of prescriptions for the human condition or propositions to be explored: to see into the reality of Scripture as a record of divine-human relationships and to see ourselves as invited inside this great mystery.
What do you get when you enter into holy conversations? What do you experience when you seek to listen from the spiritual heart rather than the ego-centered place of ambition, competition, and demand? What do you get when nearly thirty people–both lay and ordained–from seven states come together to share their experiences of ministry? You get the incredible space that was initiated in the first Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership workshop, held at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tenn.
Beecken Center Events
August 13 - 15, 2018
The Beecken Center—in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)—invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this disaster chaplaincy training at the beautiful Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tennessee, August 13–15, 2018. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.
June 12 - 14, 2018
The third national Invite Welcome Connect Summit, held June 12–14 at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, will be a wonderful opportunity for seasoned practitioners and newcomers to come together in fellowship to learn, share ideas, worship, and further explore this powerful ministry. In addition to plenary talks and presentations, there will be workshops introducing first-timers to Invite Welcome Connect, and workshops for more experienced practitioners who want to go deeper into the theological truths and practicalities of each aspect of this ministry: Invite, Welcome, and Connect.
May 17 - 18, 2018
This two-day workshop designed for clergy and lay ministers will explore in depth Rabbi Edwin Friedman’s approach to family process, and how its wise employment as a pastoral and spiritual tool can enhance leadership and effectiveness in a congregational setting. This will be a collaborative experience, utilizing didactics, audio-visual resources, and plenary and small group discussion and presentations.