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August 2022

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Bringing a religious history focus

‘Black Perspectives’ names Tejai Beulah Howard senior editor

MTSO Assistant Professor of History, Ethics, and Black Church and African Diaspora Studies Tejai Beulah Howard has been named a senior editor of Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society.

Beulah Howard currently is contributing to a round table on Black women and Brown v. Board of Education to the blog, and she is curating a round table on the history of Black evangelicalism.

“I’ve been a fan of Black Perspectives since its online debut in 2014,” Beulah Howard said. “I accepted this invitation to bring a religious history focus to the publication.”

Beulah Howard holds a Ph.D. from Drew Theological Schoo, a Master of Theological Studies from MTSO, an MA in African and African American Studies from Ohio State University and a BA in English from Xavier University. She was appointed to the MTSO faculty in 2020 after five years in adjunct teaching and administrative roles for the school.

Her writing has been featured in several books, including We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People’s Campaign. She currently is working on a monograph on the role of Black evangelical preachers in the Black power movement.

“My participation in this blog will enhance my teaching experience by enlarging my access to resources that will greatly benefit the classes I teach in Black church studies,” Beulah Howard said. “I also hope to provide opportunities for my students to publish on the site. Many of the papers from my Martin Luther King Jr. and Howard Thurman classes are excellent intellectual histories.”

Noting that Black Perspectives has a daily readership of more than 10,000, she added, “Perhaps some students who read the blog might come to MTSO so I can teach them.”

Denominational milestones

Congratulations to those taking significant ministry steps

We congratulate Rev. Andrew Burns (shown here being ordained by West Ohio Bishop Gregory Palmer; photo by Alex Giffin) and all MTSO alumni and students who are celebrating ordination, commissioning and other ministry milestones this summer.

We have posted and are constantly updating a listing. Visit the web page to view the list and let us know if you should be added to it.

Monday, Sept. 26

RSVP now for Alumni Day

MTSO invites all MTSO alumni, students, faculty and staff – as well as former Methesco employees and guests of our Mount Award honorees – to gather for Alumni Day Sept. 26 and take advantage of a long-delayed opportunity to reconnect.

Alumni Day begins with a 10:45 a.m. morning chapel service. Bishop C. Joseph Sprague (’65) will preach. The day continues with a luncheon honoring these recipients of the John and Ruth Mount Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service:

  • Paulette Buford-James (’13), superintendent, Starkville District, Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • Grace Imathiu (’87), senior pastor, First United Methodist Church, Evanston, Illinois.
  • David MacDonald (’02), university chaplain, Ohio Northern University.

As always, lunch will feature Seminary Hill Farm produce and other locally sourced food.

After lunch, we will offer guided tours of the MTSO campus and Seminary Hill Farm.

All events are presented at no cost, though everyone who plans to attend is asked to RSVP here. This advance registration will help with food preparation and other planning.


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Application deadline for Fall Semester is Aug. 8

MTSO is accepting admission applications for the Fall Semester through Monday, Aug. 8. A single, free application covers both admission and generous scholarships.

Apply now.

MTSO offers four master’s programs:

  • Master of Divinity, preparing students for ordained ministry.
  • Master of Arts in Social Justice, equipping students to lead, organize, educate and collaborate in diverse contexts.
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology, serving students planning educational and youth ministry.
  • Master of Theological Studies, offering concentrated study in academic areas of theology.

Incoming students are eligible for exceptionally generous scholarships, up to full tuition plus stipends. Aid is available for full- and part-time students.

More information and application resources are available here.