Explore Eden


Dana McNamara
Interim Director of Admissions
and Financial Aid
Master of Divinity, 2016

Every year I communicate with a variety of students who are feeling a nudge, an urge, a call to do more. I fully understand that the call to pursue further education is a call to prepare. It is a call to prepare and to equip ourselves with the tools necessary to do the work of ministry, community engagement, and leadership in this present age. There are many factors that keep us from seminary; concerns about finances, concerns about family, concerns about timing, and about our calls to this work. Whichever concerns you are facing now, please know that we have shared in the experience of wrestling with the worries that accompany the decision to, in the words of Mathew’s Gospel, “leave your nets.”

Explore Eden gives you an opportunity to take a deeper look into opportunities to prepare for your future.

Discerning the best fit

Every generation of Christians face challenges that are unique to their time. Whether you are preparing to launch a new career or enhance your skills and ability to lead, finding the perfect place to learn is an important step in your life’s journey.
There is no better way to find out if Eden is right for you, than to walk in the shoes of an Eden student as you Explore Eden.

  • Attend a class
  • Worship in chapel
  • Ask Eden students your questions
  • Meet faculty and staff
  • Build your network
  • Learn about our programs
  • Self reflect and explore

Eden Seminary is committed to helping you grow your personal faith, develop critical thinking and practice, and sharpen your leadership skills for the sake of the church and world.

Take this opportunity to be our guest.

Explore Eden, Tuesday, February 20, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. followed by the Bracke Lecture. In-Person and Online options available.

Holding space for your discernment; Come, Explore Eden!

Here’s what some of the attendees have said about their time visiting with Eden:

“It was a true window into life at Eden. The hospitality was outstanding, and the whole weekend was a positive experience… I had the opportunity to see the campus and meet the people in ways that would not have been possible in a shorter visit.”

“Eden people really cared and listened. The kindness shown was overwhelming.”

“We could tell that the teachers love to teach and love the students.”

“I felt love around every corner.”

“…[The] Eden event was incredibly influential in my decision to attend Eden because I was given the opportunity to be immersed in the day-to-day experience of a seminarian.  Through attending classes and chapel services, I found that Eden creates a space that welcomes all voices to contribute to conversations of theology and social justice.”

Explore Eden Schedule

1:00pm        Welcome and Intro to Eden!
1:10pm        Why Theological Education?
1:30pm        Meet Eden’s Faculty
1:50pm        Break
2:00pm        Course Observation: Public Pastoral Care (Dr. Leslie)
3:30pm        Break
3:45pm        Post Graduation Life – Alumni Panel
4:45pm        Admissions Conversation

Explore Event End
Bracke Lecture Event Begins

5:05pm        Break
5:15pm        Dinner
6:00pm        Worship
6:30pm        Brake Lecture Programming