Eden Seminary is in the midst of saying farewell and best wishes to Professor Adam Ployd, assistant professor of church history and historical theology.  Dr. Ployd has given the Seminary notice that he has accepted an offer to serve as the Vice Principal of Wesley House in Cambridge, UK (beginning summer 2021).

For over eight years Professor Ployd has pursued his calling as a teacher and scholar with passion and commitment to Eden Seminary in its mission to empower leaders for the Progressive Christian Movement. He is a brilliant historian, productive scholar, and a dedicated teacher. We are thankful for the gifts he has shared, and celebrate his call to serve in theological education in his own denominational tradition within the global context.

Wesley House, as the name makes plain, is a Methodist theological school with connections to Cambridge University and relationships with several US UMC theological schools.  It has a storied history and is developing itself as a global resource in theological education, particularly for Methodist clergy from many different countries.  As a Deacon in the UMC, Professor Ployd is excited for the opportunity to be a leader in Methodist theological formation and the family is thrilled at the opportunity to live, work, and learn in the UK.

Eden is wishing Dr. Ployd  and his family well.  In the remaining months of the term, there will be ways to celebrate his work with Eden and to send the Ployd family off with our best wishes and prayers.

Eden Seminary supports the Statement on Anti-Asian Violence of the Asian Descent Presidents and Deans Affinity Group of the Association of Theological Schools.

Full statement here

Statement on Anti-Asian Violence by The Asian Descent Presidents and Deans Affinity Group of the Association of Theological Schools

March 24, 2021

We, the Asian Descent Presidents and Deans, of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) condemn and denounce every form of attack against Asians and Asian Americans in the strongest possible terms. As a minoritized group, Asian Americans have been historically subject to harassment, discrimination, violence, and mass incarceration. The recent targeted violent and brutal attacks on the members of our community are abhorrent manifestations of perennial racism against the Americans of Asian descent in our country. The targeted violence unto killing of the most vulnerable—women and the elderly—is especially deplorable. It is a direct assault on our community that honors and values family deeply. We reject white supremacy and xenophobia and urge an end to the scapegoating of Asian and Asian Americans for the pandemic.

The Asian and Asian American community is an ethnically and culturally diverse group that has made valuable contributions to our society—particularly so during this pandemic. We claim our rightful place in our country and demand to be treated equally and with dignity. We ask all of us to respect and protect the life of every member of our community.

We call upon all members of ATS to speak against anti-Asian racism in our institution and nation. We ask you to join in our fight for justice and the equal rights of people of Asian descent, as each and every one of us is called to bear witness to God’s justice and mercy for all people.

The members and friends of the Asian Descent Presidents and Deans Affinity Group at the Association of Theological Schools listed below do hereby stand in solidarity as the signatories of the Statement:

Dr. Susan Abraham, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Pacific School of Religion | Vice-Chair, ATS Asian Descent Presidents and Deans Affinity Group

Dr. Deborah H. C. Gin, Director of Research and Faculty Development, The Association of Theological Schools | The Commission on Accrediting

Rev. Dr. David S. Han, Dean of the Faculty and Vice-President for Academics, Pentecostal Theological Seminary | Chair, ATS Asian Descent Presidents and Deans Affinity Group

Rev. Dr. Jin K. Hwang, The School of Divinity, Georgia Central University

Dr. Hyunwan Kim, Academic Dean of the Graduate School, Grace Mission University

Dr. Uriah Y. Kim, President, Graduate Theological Union

Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, President, Claremont School of Theology

Rev. Dr. Boyung Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Iliff School of Theology

Rev. Dr. James Seung-Hyun Lee, President, International Theological Seminary | Steering Committee Member, Asian Descent Presidents and Deans Affinity Group

Rev. Dr. John Y. Lee, Academic Dean, John Leland Center for Theological Studies

Dr. Sanghoon Lee, President, America Evangelical University Graduate School of Theology

Dr. Sang Meyng Lee, President, Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America

Dr. Katheryn Leung, President, China Evangelical Seminary North America

Rev. Dr. Kuo-Liang Lin, President, Logos Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Amir Hussain, Chair of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Rev. Dr. Wonsuk Ma, Dean of the College of Theology and Ministry, Oral Roberts University

Rev. Dr. Deborah Flemister Mullen, Columbia Theological Seminary | Past Co-Convener of the ATS African American Presidents and Deans Group

Rev. Dr. Damayanthi Niles, Interim Academic Dean, Eden Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Alvin Padilla, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Director of Advanced Degrees, Western Theological Seminary

Dr. Rollin A. Ramsaran, Academic Dean, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan

Dr. Lester Edwin J. Ruiz, Director of Accreditation and Global Engagement, The Association of Theological Schools | The Commission on Accrediting

Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dean of the Seminary, United Lutheran Seminary

Rev. Seon Mook Shin, Vice President, World Mission University School of Theology

Dr. Chloe Sun, Academic Dean, Logos Evangelical Seminary | Steering Committee Member, Asian Descent Presidents and Deans Affinity Group

Rev. Christopher M. The, PhD Cand., Director of Commission Information Services, The Association of Theological Schools | The Commission on Accrediting

Dr. Felix Theonugraha, President, Western Theological Seminary

Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President, Pacific School of Religion | Convener of the ATS LatinX Presidents and Deans

Dr. Frank Yamada, Executive Director, The Association of Theological Schools | The Commission on Accrediting

Dr. Mary H. Young, Director of Leadership Education, The Association of Theological Schools | The Commission on Accrediting

Dr. Amos Yong, Dean of the School of Theology and the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

 

 

Eden Theological Seminary is thrilled to announce Rev. Traci Blackmon as the Pastor-in-Residence for 2021 spring and summer terms.

While continuing to serve in national United Church of Christ leadership, Rev. Blackmon will enhance all UCC-connections with Eden Seminary. Rev. Blackmon will offer expertise on the shape of Progressive Christian Leadership in consultation with Eden’s faculty and staff.  Students will interact with Rev. Blackmon as she serves as a guest resource person, sharing her expertise with faculty and students as a denominational and pastoral leader.  Alumni, activist communities, and congregations will connect with Rev. Blackmon through the upcoming Spring Convocation, Presidential Installation, and other public forums.  As Eden’s classes and programming continue online during this time due to safety during the Coronavirus pandemic, this residency will utilize online platforms as our spaces of interaction.

Join us in a joyful welcome of Rev. Traci Blackmon, a powerful transformational leader, to this role with Eden Seminary!

February 12, 2021: Click to watch the recording
Eden Seminary Before Black Lives Matter and After (State of the Seminary)

February 19, 2021: Click to watch the recording
“Storming the Capitol: The Prophetic Movement Response to the Progressive Christian Problem” Panel Discussion

February 26, 2021: Click to watch the recording
Eden Black Alumni Association Worship Experience
“What Shall We Say to These Things? Black Preaching as Radical Resistance”

As part of helping current and future students participate in an Eden Education, you are invited to contribute toward the Reverend Dr. Enoch H. Oglesby Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship fund was created in celebration of the ministry – teaching, scholastic and prophetic witness – of the Reverend Dr. Enoch H. Oglesby. The originating scholarship documents note, in part, “Through his teaching, his passion for ecumenism and ethics, and his vision for a multi-racial global society of peace and justice, Dr. Oglesby taught, nurtured and sometimes prodded – but always loved the community of learning at Eden Seminary into being more fully “the Church” in the world…”

Dr. Enoch Oglesby has offered a challenge grant for contributions to the Eden scholarship named for him. Dr. Oglesby will match the first $5,000 in new contributions between now and February 2022. Thank you Dr. Oglesby!

 Donate here with note of Oglesby Scholarship in the designation box.