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
September 16, 2019
A brief video snapshots of some of the things that have been happening here at the Beecken Center!
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.
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.
Beecken Center Events
March 6 - 7, 2020
God’s love raises us from the dead. Not only from the tombs where our remains will be laid to rest, but from the various graves we dig for ourselves in our daily lives. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus is more than asserting a fact about the past or clinging to a hope about the afterlife. It is also a commitment to being transformed by God’s love in our daily lives. We will discuss what we mean by the resurrection, how to lean into the resurrection, and what a resurrection-shaped life looks like.
March 2 - 6, 2020
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer two intensive, four-day retreats to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. Held at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee, the retreats will include communal meditation activities; workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment; and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the elements that bring forth fruitful discernment. Both retreats offer the same content. We are offering two retreats in order to accommodate the schedules of those who would like to attend.
April 21, 2020
Faith leaders and community partners from across Tennessee will gather at the University of the South to consider the ways faith and justice intersect, to learn about resources to better serve Tennesseans in need, and to build bridges for a better tomorrow both locally and statewide.