Dear Friends,

I am beginning my third year on staff here at Eden Theological Seminary. What a couple of years these have been! Eden has made a successful presidential transition, embraced theological education amidst a global pandemic, retooled for online education that values community, and leaned into the changing role of church in society’s landscape. I often hear President Deborah Krause speak about the gift of how Eden students, faculty, staff, friends, alumni, congregations and organizations gather and form community anew each year. As those who are present bring their whole selves, the community forms and re-forms anew.

This academic year, that community re-forming is more apparent than ever. After a year-and-a-half of teaching and learning online and having received formal permission from accrediting bodies to offer degrees online, the Eden campus is gathering now as a blended space with both digitally and physically present members.

It is a challenge. And it is a way of innovating. Students have joined the Eden community while residing in over eight states. Students are on campus from four different countries plus the United States. Alumni and friends have increased your engagement in Eden programming and in the numbers of you contributing financially.

We know that the only way we do all this is because you are part of this vision and of the Eden community. We live in an era in which financial giving from local congregations is decreasing. Yet, the need for leaders with adaptive and resilient leadership formation is increasing. Contributions from Eden friends and alumni are absolutely necessary.

Will you join me in making a financial gift to Eden Seminary? Will you continue to be part of this community that is a resource for the forming and re-forming of the church we are called to be for this day and into the future?

In Gratitude,

Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss, Ph.D.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Eden Theological Seminary

P.S.  You may give online via credit card or PayPal by visiting www.eden.edu and clicking on the GIVE button. You may also mail gifts to Eden Theological Seminary, Attn:  Development Department, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119. Please call the Advancement office at 314-918-2691 for assistance with your gift or to discuss other giving options.

Led by: Dr. Rebecca F. Spurrier
Associate Dean for Worship Life & Assistant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary

Topic: We Can Do All Things: Practicing Anti-Ableism in Christian Worship 

Worship Leader: Rev. Kyle Stevenson

Panelist:

  • Cindy Bumb: Vice President of Spiritual Careat Emmaus Homes
  • Russell Ewell: Senior Pastor at Terrace Lake United Methodist Church
  • Rebekah Anderson: Student at Union Seminary

Near-stage seating at all three Eden Nights Events available for donations to Eden Theological Seminary of $60 or more.
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Eden Nights 2021 – Events Open 5:00 – 9:30 pm

October 21st (Thursday) – Oktoberfest Music with Waterloo German Band
(music begins 6 pm)

October 24th (Sunday) – 10th Annual Eden Psalms Festival (7:00 – 8:30 pm)

Eden Nights Outdoor Music Festival
Featuring the (famous) Waterloo German Band

Spend a fun, family-friendly evening on the lawn at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves for the first-ever Eden Nights Outdoor Music Festival.

Event is Open:  5:00 – 9:30 pm
Purchase food and refreshments onsite.

Music:  6:00 – 8:30 pm
Enjoy Oktoberfest music by the Waterloo German Band

Eden Seminary’s Tenth Annual Festival of Psalms
“Holding it Together: A Pandemic Psalms Festival”

On the Eden Seminary lawn. 475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

This musical festival follows the St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk that begins with check-in at 4:30 pm on the Eden Seminary campus.

For more information on participating in the St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk www.events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/event/saintlouismo

Food and refreshments available for purchase on the Eden Campus
5:00 – 9:30 pm.

Psalms Festival service begins  7:00 pm

Psalms Festival  “Holding it Together: A Pandemic Psalm Festival.” We imagine an evening that names our experiences of the past 20 months of pandemic life – lament, joy, anger, joy, aloneness, connection, fear, hope. The book of Psalms speaks to all these experiences. As talented, interfaith artists invite us to sing and pray, inspired by these ancient words, we move together toward a place of healing and resilience/recovery.

Psalms Festival  is part of 3-part Eden Nights Outdoor Music Festival 2021

Blended rally day – Eden Seminary Student Cabinet blending its physically and digitally present members to lead the Eden Community into our 21-22 academic year!

Eden Seminary has announced to students, faculty and staff requirements for vaccines and masks for the upcoming academic term.  Students already are registering for Hy-Flex classes, with the opportunity to participate in those classes either in physically or digitally present ways.  In addition,  all community members received the following notifications on August 7th.

Required Vaccine Verification for all Registered Students

As a part of Eden Seminary’s attention to public health and safety protocols related to the ongoing COVID19 Pandemic, we are requiring vaccine verification for all faculty, staff, and students for the 2021-22 academic year.  Since returning to the residential campus on July 6, faculty and staff have already verified their vaccine status.  This notice is to announce that all students are required to do the same.

Over the summer we announced Eden’s Staff and Faculty have created a “blended” environment for our community of learning and faith (our “fifth campus”!) in which students can elect (via Hyflex registration) to attend classrooms either digitally or physically. Hence, beginning August 27th, 2021 we welcome all students the option to be on campus for social events, lectures, programs, and classes or to attend online. This Hyflex option maintains as safe a campus environment as possible with greater and continued accessibility. For this reason, all students are required to send verification of their vaccination status via https://form.jotform.com/212174670581051 with a photograph of their vaccine record – prior to August 27, 2021.

Which vaccines are approved?
World Health Organization-authorized vaccines are acceptable;
Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson are included

Where is a vaccination location near me?
Vaccines.gov – Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you

How can I self schedule if I’m in or near, St. Louis, MO?
COVID-19 – Affinia Healthcare

If for some reason your vaccination card is NOT complete by August 27th, please attend all events and classes virtually to help us maintain verified safe zones. Students can request accommodations for medical exemptions within Brightspace, the Office of Student Affairs/Accommodations.

Thank you for your cooperation to ensuring your own health and the health and well-being of members of the Eden Community.

With you in hope on behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration,

Rev. Sonja B. Williams, PhD.
Dean of the Seminary

 

 

Mask Requirement for all persons (vaccinated or not) in Public Indoor Areas 
The Seminary has been closely monitoring recent developments and public health authorities’ announcements regarding the Delta Variant related surge in COVID 19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. We continued to be reassured that vaccines and measures such as wearing a mask and observing proper sanitation are powerful tools in helping people avoid infection and/or serious illness. For this reason, in addition to requiring vaccine verification for all members of the Eden community (faculty, staff, and students), the Seminary requires that masks be worn by all people (vaccinated or not) in public spaces (hallways, chapel, Luhr Reference Room, the Commons, and restrooms) in the Seminary buildings. For the Eden- Webster Emerson Library, please follow their online requirements.

The Seminary administration is continuing to follow the guidance of public health authorities and will make a determination in late August as to whether classrooms (with vaccine verified students and faculty) are considered safe enough not to require masking. This decision would be to facilitate full participation/communication between faculty and students physically present in classrooms with those students who are attending classes digitally. This decision will be made with the safety of students and faculty foremost in view.

With you in hope on behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration,

Rev. Sonja B. Williams, PhD.
Dean of the Seminary

 

The Walker Leadership Institute (WLI) is offering a program to help congregational and community leaders who want to develop a new program or enhance and focus an existing one.  The WLI is also a sponsoring partner for the Adese Fellows of the United Church of Christ and the Neighborhood Leadership Academy of the University of Missouri Extension.

Check them all out here. Get involved.

The 12-week Walker Rural & Small Town Fellows Cohort is an opportunity to identify, develop and launch a new work with one’s congregation and with the support of a group of cohort members. Using accelerated planning methods, including lean development and elements of design thinking, the process gives fellows a way to discover, design, and deliver a new offering to enhance ministry in their current setting.  So far, we have clergy from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Florida. All sessions will be done on ZOOM. There is no cost for this program. For more information contact Walker Director, Steve Lawler [email protected]

The yearlong Adese Fellowship is a catalytic experience for emerging entrepreneurs who renew the Church’s mission to create a just world for all. The Adese (from the Amharic language meaning to renew, pronounced ah-deh-say) Fellowship is a year-long, ecumenical program that engages participants in self-discovery, theological reflection and business development as they create enterprises that help their communities follow the way of Jesus and live into God’s economy. This groundbreaking fellowship maximizes the business acumen and entrepreneurial capacity of participants to launch scaleable and sustainable ventures that counter systemic poverty. More information at.  https://tinyurl.com/adese2021 or contact program director, Melina Higbee [email protected]

The 10-week Neighborhood Leadership Academy connects resources at the University – Creating Whole Communities and University of Missouri Extension – with neighborhood leaders from across the state of Missouri to learn together through a virtual project-based curriculum, developing the skills and building the networks necessary to create healthy, vibrant and whole communities. Participants are actively involved in their neighborhoods and represent communities throughout Missouri. More than 300 neighborhood and organization leaders have participated in NLA, learning the skills and building the networks necessary to create whole communities. For more information go to http://cwc.umsl.edu/nla/ or contact director Claire Wolff at [email protected]

The deadlines for signing up for each program is August 15th.

“The Saints” intentional community is committed to providing community that is global in scope but intimate in its setting. Residents live, learn, and explore compassionate selfcare alongside people from diverse backgrounds of faith and none. Access to experienced faculty and mentors, access to the entertainment and culture offered by St. Louis, all while building lifelong relationships rooted in communal healing and belonging. This apartment building is an intentional community focused on social justice, spiritual wellness, and community.

Pricing:
$600-900 per person

  • Easy commute to nearby universities
  • Beautiful, spacious, and safe campus.
  • Walking distance from restaurants, night life, cultural events, and 20 parks in Webster Groves

61 N Bompart Ave
www.zillow.com/homedetails/61-N- Bompart-Ave-Saint-Louis-MO- 63119/2070270916_zpid/

 

NEW PRICE!

One and two-bedroom apartments available for rent on the beautiful Eden campus by student at any college or university.  WiFi and Utilities included in the rent price. Unfurnished.

Pricing:
$675/ month- one bedroom
$875/month – two bedroom

  • Easy commute to nearby universities
  • Beautiful, spacious, and safe campus.
  • Walking distance from restaurants, night life, cultural events, and 20 parks in Webster Groves

47 N Bompart Ave
www.zillow.com/homedetails/47-N- Bompart-Ave-Saint-Louis-MO- 63119/2070289172_zpid/
55 N Bompart Ave
www.zillow.com/homedetails/55-N- Bompart-Ave-Saint-Louis-MO- 63119/2070265989_zpid/

For more information contact John Donnell, Director of Facilities at
(314) 918-2641 or [email protected]