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

The Beecken Center Launches its 2019-2020 Season of Events

August 14, 2019

Ranging from a workshop with the author of the New York Times Best Seller The Shack, to a gathering that examines our relationship to the forests in God’s creation, to an Episcopal bishop talking about a “resurrection-shaped life,” to spiritual discernment, contemplative practices, and non-traditional worship, the Beecken Center’s 2019-2020 season of special events offers something for just about everyone interested in deepening their Christian journey.

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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

Deep Green Faith: Holy Forest Kinship

September 6 - 7, 2019

Join us September 6–7, 2019 on the campus of the University of the South―a certified Tennessee arboretum, with more than 120 different species of trees on campus—in beautiful Sewanee, Tennessee as we explore these and other themes in an organic interweaving of religion, science, and the arts, with contemplative and embodied experience.

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The 2019 EfM Graduates Retreat: Life in Christ/Praying in Christ

September 20 - 22, 2019

All EfM graduates and EfM mentors with four or more years' association with EfM are invited to join us at the 2019 EfM Graduates retreat, held at St. Mary’s Sewanee Sept. 22–24. The retreat will focus on The Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta’s recent book, Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality.

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FaithMatters with Wm. Paul Young

November 15 - 16, 2019

Come spend two days with best-selling author Wm. Paul Young as we explore faith and our relationship with God.

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