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.
"A Long Way from Home": Displacement, Lament and Singing Sorrow in Psalm 137
Lecture by Valerie Bridgeman
Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
Bridgeman, MTSO associate professor of homiletics and Hebrew Bible, offers a presentation focusing on the role of lament when people feel disconnected from their home, whether because of social disparities or immigration. This lecture was prepared with assistance from a faculty development grant through the Theological Commons at MTSO. It is an extension of a summer research project, which includes a presentation in South Africa.
Building Resilience Through Mindfulness
Presentation by Brandi Lust
Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
People who practice mindfulness have higher levels of resilience and greater levels of attentiveness to their surroundings and their work. Mindfulness also facilitates meaning-making and a deeper sense of purpose. It is a particularly effective tool for diverse communities. Lust, an MTSO Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries student, has worked in the fields of education and social justice through her business, Learning Lab Consulting.
Oct. 3, 10 a.m.
Alumni and friends of MTSO will gather for a day of learning and renewing friendships. Events include the Mount Alumni Awards and a presentation by Professor Robin Knowles Wallace reflecting on her 20 years of teaching worship and music at MTSO.
Keeping Your Head Above Trauma: Lessons to Share
Conversation with Rita Cavin
Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
Cavin was serving as interim president of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, in October 2015 when a shooter killed eight students and a faculty member before taking his own life. Several others were injured. Now retired, Cavin will reflect on the school’s response, sharing lessons learned about being prepared for the worst, getting through the acute emergency, and finding the path to resilience and recovery.
Fall Open House
Oct. 11, 9 a.m.
Highlights include opportunities to sit in on a class, tour apartments and residence halls, explore MTSO’s many financial aid options, talk with current students, faculty and admissions counselors, and learn about Seminary Hill Farm.
Finding Deuteronomy in the Dirt: How Farming Informs My Biblical Scholarship
Lecture by Raymond F. Person Jr.
Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
At work, Person is a professor of religion at Ohio Northern University. At home, he lives on a historic Swiss Mennonite homestead near Bluffton, run by a cooperative of 17 families to produce meat, eggs and vegetables. The author of eight books, Person will review his written commentary and reflect on the influence farming has had on his insights into the biblical text.
Review printed material and watch video from past Theological Commons events.