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 fifth 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

Workshop Participants Explore Family Systems Theory in Congregational Context

November 15, 2018

Nineteen participants from eight states converged on Sewanee Nov. 8–9 to participate in A New Spirituality of Leadership: Using Family Process to Deepen & Revitalize Congregational Life, facilitated by the former bishop of Nebraska, the Rt. Rev. Joe Goodwin Burnett. The group, made up mostly of clergy leaders from The Episcopal Church, gathered in a cozy room on the campus of the University of the South to explore Rabbi Edwin Friedman’s groundbreaking work, Generation to Generation, and the application of its family systems theory to church congregations.

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Beecken Center Events

The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment: A Listening Hearts Lenten Retreat

March 12 - 16, 2019

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer this intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. Held at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee, the retreat will include communal meditation activities; workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment; and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the elements that bring forth fruitful discernment.

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Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training

July 15 - 17, 2019

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, July 15–17, 2019. 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.

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