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 third year of expansion, and celebrating its 40th birthday as the proud incubator and home of Education for Ministry. 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 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
February 8 - 10, 2017
Join us at this Living Compass training at the Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tenn. Feb. 8–10, 2017 to learn and plan how to use Living Compass materials in your ministry location. In this Certified Congregational Wellness Advocate (CWA) training, you will learn how to enhance your congregation’s vitality by beginning or expanding a wellness ministry in your church. Certification requires completion of this training plus leading two Living Compass programs within one year of having completed the training.
November 15 - 16, 2016
Now more than ever, communities across the United States are facing unprecedented natural and man-made disasters. Spiritual first-aid is an essential part of recovery, and volunteer chaplains are on the front lines in delivering disaster human service operations and disaster site operations. The Beecken Center, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this two-day disaster chaplaincy training at the beautiful Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tenn., November 15–16, 2016.
Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters: Religious Literacy & Competency for Emergency Professionals
November 14, 2016
More and more, communities are being challenged by life-threatening crisis situations. Communities of faith are often on the front-lines in providing assistance during these crises, but first-responders and disaster management officials often overlook this important resource. This curriculum—presented at the Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tenn. by the National Disaster Interfaiths Network—provides an overview of why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies.