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
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.
April 17, 2018
The Tennessee Faith & Justice Summit is an opportunity specifically designed for faith leaders and clergy to come together to help the members of their communities by building roads to justice in faith communities. The summit will include plenary speakers, legal resource training sessions, a panel of faith leaders from across the state who have implemented faith and justice programs at their houses of worship, and breakout discussion groups, all with the goal of helping participants consider how they may implement programming in their congregations.
April 27 - 29, 2018
Education for Ministry (EfM) graduates will gather in a Circles of Trust® format at the beautiful St. Mary's Sewanee retreat center in Sewanee, Tenn. to delve into the significance of individual talents as indicated by the Gallup StrengthsFinder® (SF) assessment. Elsa Bakkum, EfM associate director for training will facilitate.