October 2018
Each edition of “In View of Grace” brings you news about our ministry in theological education. In this issue:
  • read about the grant awarded to UDTS by the Lilly Endowment
  • watch an interview with Dr. Elmer Colyer
  • learn about one of our two new DMin cohorts for 2019
  • check out Dr. Huizenga’s blog post on changes in the church, a new CLPlus class offering, and much more!

The University of Dubuque's new green space in the Quad is starting to take shape. (photo credit: Nicky Story)

"You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear
fruit, and that your fruit would remain . . .” John 15:16

Lilly Grant Awarded to the Seminary

The seminary recently learned it will receive nearly $1M in funding over five years from the Lilly Foundation. The grant supports a creative three-part program designed to help pastors thrive at various stages of ministry. The projects were conceived by Dr. Elmer Colyer, Dr. Christopher James, and the Rev. David Rohrer. For more information, click here.

Congregational Vitality:
Exploring Biblical Themes to Nurture Your Congregation's Faithfulness
This cohort will explore the seven marks of congregational vitality developed by the Presbyterian Mission Agency:  Lifelong Formation, Intentional Evangelism, Outward Focus, Servant Leadership, Inspiring Worship, Caring Relationships, and Healthy Systems.  Participants will have the opportunity to discover biblical themes which support and nuance these marks of faithfulness, while also considering the factors which lead to congregational sustainability.  Discerning their own congregation's attention to the seven marks will help participants to gain focus as they move toward their final project.

Title: Sabbath for Beginners
Instructor: Emily Blue
Date: Jan. 7-Feb. 1
Cost: $100

This is a CLPlus course - and is open to everyone!

Course Description: An introduction to the Sabbath as a Christian, with very limited information on the Jewish Sabbath. This course will focus on four different aspects of Sabbath: Sabbath rest, Sabbath play, Sabbath time and Sabbath community.  More info to come!

Travel Seminar on Archaeology of the Bible

Thanks to the dozens of you who responded to our Survey Monkey last month. You showed us there’s a strong and enthusiastic interest in such a travel seminar led by Dr. Jordan Ryan. In order to accommodate more participants and to take advantage of the spring-summer archaeological season in Israel, we have postponed the trip to May-June 2019. Look for further details in later issues of this newsletter.
From our community:

Dr. Susan Forshey | Ordinary World
My students are reading Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren. A delightful, restful book, she ties the daily activities of waking up and making beds and brushing teeth to the wider liturgical patterns that mark our lives as disciples. The simplicity of her prose and the grace she approaches our foibles is like a summer rain on a thirsty garden. I find myself looking anew at all the practices of my life, ways that I’ve always looked, but forgotten in the rush and busyness of long days and yeses to too many tasks. We need reminders. We need voices that invite us to slow down and pay attention. Read more...
Chapel Videos:

Dr. Annalee Ward

Rev. Dr. Karen Nelson
To view past issues of "In View of Grace" CLICK HERE!

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