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

2018: A Year of Learning and Ministry

December 21, 2018

This year was one of transition for the Beecken Center, but still found us working on many formative opportunities for spiritual seekers of all faiths. Participants from all over the world joined us here in Sewanee to explore many facets of faith formation and effective ministry in a changing world.

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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

Are We There Yet? A Southern Exile’s Reflections on Racial Healing and Telling the Truth

April 9, 2019

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers travels the world stirring Episcopal communities to grow into Beloved Community and join the Jesus Movement. Now she’s coming home to Middle Tennessee to support the Sewanee community's reflection on racial healing and reconciliation efforts, and to encourage us to make a lifelong commitment to being agents of transformation.

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Invite Welcome Connect Summit 2019

June 12 - 14, 2019

Mark your calendars for the fourth Invite Welcome Connect Summit, held once again on the beautiful campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Join us June 12–14 as newcomers and seasoned practitioners from around the world come together to work, share ideas, and learn more about this powerful ministry.

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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 University of the South 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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