Many campus events are presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO.
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.
Schooler Institute on Preaching
Feb. 5 and 6
Wil Gafney, associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, will lead Schooler 2018.
Paul Numrich Faculty Lecture
7 p.m. March 7
Numrich, professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interreligious Relations, will speak on the topic “Space-Sharing Principles for Religious Organizations and Groups." He'll share findings from his research involving space-sharing, from benefits to resolving disputes.
Marvin A. Sweeney Lecture
7 p.m. March 13
Sweeney is professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology, where he teaches courses in Hebrew Bible and the history of Judaism and Jewish thought. He will speak on the topic “The Eternal Covenant.”
Williams Institute Spring Lectures
7 p.m. March 20 and 1 p.m. March 21
Grace Sun-Ji Kim, associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion, delivers two lectures. An ordained minister of word and sacrament within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she is the author or editor of 12 books, including the recently published Planet Solidarity: Global Women’s Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice.
Building Community Bridges: Conversations on Disability
April 11 and 12
This workshop begins at 7 p.m. April 11 with a plenary lecture by Bill Gaventa, a consultant and trainer who works with congregations, faith networks, seminaries, service-provider networks and advocacy groups in the area of inclusive spiritual support for people with disabilities and their families. A day of conversation and breakout sessions follows on April 12.
Chapel Guest Preacher Heber Brown III
1 p.m. April 17
Brown is a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and senior pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network, which provides seed funding and support to help churches begin growing food on their land. He will preach at MTSO’s midweek chapel service as part of a three-day visit to campus.
Theological Commons Summer Research Grant Lecture by Yvonne Zimmerman and Letitia Campbell
7 p.m. May 1
Zimmerman, associate professor of Christian ethics at MTSO, and Campbell, director of contextual education I and clinical pastoral education at the Candler School of Theology, will lecture on human trafficking.
Review printed material and watch video from past Theological Commons events.