Our Programs

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

For more information, visit efm.sewanee.edu.


SUMMA Theological Debate Society is a program for high school students which teaches the discipline of theological debate through attendance at summer camp on the domain of The University of the South. This uniquely meaningful experience includes debate tournament, studies of the Christian theological tradition, classes in public speaking and debate, and cutting-edge engagement with topics such as religion and science, social ethics, and interfaith relations.

SUMMA began as a pilot project in 2012 with students from Arkansas and Mississippi. With camp July 21-29, 2015 SUMMA will open as an ongoing program of the Beecken Center of The School of Theology, University of the South, welcoming student debaters from around the south, across the country, and throughout the world!

For more information, visit summa.sewanee.edu.

Living in the Green

Living in the Green is a training partnership opportunity between Episcopal dioceses and the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South. Its practices are based in a sophisticated biblical understanding of the dynamics and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Living in the Green has been intentionally designed to support any group needing to infuse their particular sphere of ministry with renewed vitality, commitment, clarity of direction, freshness, and a sense of being made new through the faithful living of their call.

For more information, visit the Living in the Green page.