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MTSO’s campus events are presented
by the Theological Commons.

As a theological school, we believe we are called to share our intellectual resources with the church and the world in numerous ways, through the education of our students and in dialogue with our broader community.

We do this in part through the Theological Commons, a learning network built on partnerships of scholarship, inquiry and practice. By offering events, learning resources and continuing conversation, the Theological Commons promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience between students, faculty, clergy and the public for the benefit of all participants and those they serve.

Our archive features video and other resources from past events.

Upcoming events

Schooler Institute on Preaching
Feb. 8 and 9

The theme for the 2016 Schooler Institute on Preaching is “The Most Important Word in Preaching: Story or Exposition?” It will be led by Mike Graves, the William K. McElvaney Professor of Preaching and Worship at Saint Paul School of Theology. Registration is required.

Yvonne Zimmerman Faculty Lecture
Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

In her lecture, “Missing in Action: The Disappearance of Progressive Christianity in the Movement to End Human Trafficking,” Dr. Zimmerman will discuss the process by which progressive Christian perspectives are co-opted and effectively silenced in the anti-trafficking movement.

Faithful Justice: Confronting Mass Incarceration
Feb. 26, 1-6 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of critical dialogue, scholarship, and networking with advocates, program and faith leaders, students, and community members. We’ll identify practical actions we can take as we work together to dismantle mass incarceration. The day will include a keynote address by James Logan, author of Good Punishment? Christian Moral Practice and U.S. Imprisonment. Registration is required.

Prophetic Ministry – Institute on Organizing
and Preaching for Social Justice

April 4, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

On the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., engage with scholars of community organizing, preaching and ethics from MTSO and around the country as we work together to understand prophetic action in our own contexts.

Timothy Van Meter Faculty Lecture
April 20, 1 p.m.

Van Meter, MTSO associate professor of Christian education and youth ministry, delivers an Earth Day lecture, “Millennial Dreaming: Cultivating Hope and Ecological Vision.” He will focus on hope in a time when the earth is in crisis.

 Archive and resources

Review printed material and watch video from past Theological Commons events.