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

The Bible Challenge: Renew Faith and Inform Imagination

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.

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Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership

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.

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EfM April Newsletter

EfM Newsletter from April, 2014

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Beecken Center Events

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: The Work of the Congregation

June 12 - 16, 2017

The Beecken Center is partnering with the Interim Ministry Network (IMN) to bring this continuation of the Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry training to the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee, June 12–16, 2017. Participants will continue their work and build on their own experience as they develop expertise in the specialized ministry of the transitional pastor.

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Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network

June 6 - 8, 2017

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 response and recovery, and volunteer chaplains are on the front lines in delivering disaster human service operations and disaster site operations.

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Who Am I Really? Discerning Aspects of the Soul Through the Spirituality of the Enneagram

April 20 - 22, 2017

Who Am I Really? Discerning Aspects of the Soul Through the Spirituality of the Enneagram, Sewanee, Tenn., April 2017

On April 20-22, 2017, the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, in partnership with The Institute for Conscious Being, will present an intensive weekend of self-exploration and study led by Joseph B. Howell, Ph.D., author of Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway, and the staff of the Institute for Conscious Being. Through lectures, dynamic presentations, music, video, group work, and more, this weekend conference will enable participants to immerse in the deeper aspects of themselves as revealed by spiritual truths, with the goal of finding that essential self that has been there all along.

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