Courses and Events
Don't miss these upcoming educational opportunities! Browse through this chronological listing of both on campus and online offerings. Find what is right for you.
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January 10, 2015: Leadership Training Day
Equipping the Saints is a day of workshops, worship, resources and fellowship planned especially to support and equip church members in their ministries. This day is for new and ongoing church officers, pastors, worship leaders, educators, and any interested others. Equipping the Saints is a cooperative effort of the educational ministries of Elizabeth, Monmouth and New Brunswick Presbyteries. Workshops are led - almost exclusively - by volunteers. This program is free and open to the public. Details and registration will be available in early December. For more information and to register click here.
January 24, 2015: Celebration for the 2014 Certificate in Theology and Ministry
Those who completed the 2014 Certificate in Theology and Ministry are invited to the campus for a celebration with lunch and worship. This is a wonderful conclusion to the online Certificate program. Details and registration information will be sent directly to those enrolled in the 2014 program
March 9-13, 2015: The Art of Transitional and Interim Ministry - Weeks One and Two
Congregations inevitably go through transitions – both in their ministry and their leadership. When this happens, it is important for congregations to face these transitions intentionally. This conference seeks to train ministers called to lead congregations in times of transition with the skills necessary to address the systemic, theological, ethical, and pastoral challenges of this season in a congregation’s life. Ministers of all Christian traditions are welcome and encouraged to participate in this ecumenical offering. The pedagogical framework of this program comes from the Interim Ministry Educational Consortium
April 10 & 11, 2015: Racial and Ethnic Convocation
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Spring 2015, Experience the Saint John’s Bible
In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in over 500 years. Its hand written lettering and stunning artworks truly present the Word of God in an engaging and inspirational way. We invite you to explore this work of art that unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium.
There are three ways to experience the Saint John’s Bible at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2015. Learn more.
April 6 – May 10, 2015 Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition
Experience the beauty and power of The Saint John’s Bible by viewing a selection of prints of the illuminations at the Erdman Center Art Gallery. Twenty-five of the 22” x 30” (approx.) giclée prints will be exhibited from April 6 – May 10, 2015. For details, gallery location, and hours, click here.
April 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m. From Inspiration to Illumination, An Introduction to the Saint Johns Bible – a public presentation and reception
Discover the beauty and splendor of The Saint John’s Bible at a captivating and lively presentation as director of the project, Tim Ternes shares the story behind this once-in-a-millennium undertaking and showcases some of the many artworks in this world-renowned project. The interactive presentation will be followed by calligraphy demonstrations by Diane von Arx, one of the artist calligraphers for The Saint John’s Bible project, a reception, and time to view the twenty-five prints on loan from the Saint Johns Bible project. Learn More
April 22-23, 2015 Seeing the Word: A Retreat with Saint John's Bible
You are invited to experience for yourself the story and art of the most extensive scribal commission in the world since the Middle Ages, a story that has not happened for a long time and probably will never happen again. Take part in this immersive 24-hour retreat with The Saint John’s Bible. Delve into the inside story behind the Bible’s making as told by Tim Ternes, the project’s director. Get a look at the creative and artistic process from Diane von Arx, one of the project’s artistic team members. Try your hand at grinding inks and writing with hand-cut quills, and finally, enter into deeper understanding of the scriptural passages with a new and exciting way of experiencing scripture – visio divina. The retreat is sure to refresh, renew and revitalize. Learn more.
April 28 - May 1, 2015: The Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
The Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry is an uncommon blend of theological and practical exploration of ministry with young people. At the Forum you will find leading theologians, youth ministry veterans, engaging preachers, and innovative church leaders, all offering their gifts to strengthen the Church’s ministry with young people. More information is available here.
May 1-3, 2015: The Certificate in Youth and Theology Opening Retreat
The Certificate Retreat is the first event of the Certificate in Youth and Theology program. Only those who have been admitted to the program may enroll. The retreat seeks to offer a whole-person approach to initiation into the certificate program. The retreat will introduce participants to a practical theological approach to youth ministry and nurture the peer-to-peer relationships necessary for developing a cohesive cohort that will support participants through the program. For more information, please check again soon.
May 12-15, 2015: Transition into Ministry
This course focuses on knowledge and skills that are critical in moving from the Seminary to a first call in pastoral ministry and leadership in a congregation. It is intended for P.T.S. graduating seniors. Topics covered include financial matters (personal and congregational), worship leadership, interviewing, the pastor as contextual theologian, and more. Details will be posted in January 2015.
June 9 - 12, 2015: The Frederick Buechner Writer's Workshop at Princeton Seminary
Offered in partnership with the Frederick Buechner Center, The Frederick Buechner Writer's Workshop at Princeton Seminary will encourage, educate, and inspire writers to communicate their Christian faith with clarity and power in the tradition of Frederick Buechner. In plenary sessions and workshops with renowned authors, editors, agents, and theological faculty, participants will be challenged to not only strengthen their writing but to engage in it as spiritual practice. Details and registration will be available in the fall of 2014.
June 24 - 26, 2015: The Barth Pastor's Conference
Karl Barth’s life and theology is a rich resource for critically reflecting on the church’s mission in the twenty-first century. What is the Church’s mission in a post-colonial and postmodern context where the Church is largely seen as irrelevant at best or as a perpetrator of destruction and violence? The 2015 Barth Pastor’s Conference will explore Barth’s service as a pastor and examine his lifelong theological contributions in order to address this question. Through workshops, plenary presentations, and worship, participants will discover creative and stimulating resources for preaching, social engagement, and witnessing to the Gospel in the world today. This conference is offered in partnership with the Center for Barth Studies. Please click here for more information
June 28 - July 2, 2015: Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) Summer Workshop
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July 11 -18, 2015 : Annual Black Theology and Leadership Institute (BTLI)
The Black Theology and Leadership Institute is a weeklong intensive continuing education event for clergy and laity for training, worship, and fellowship. The institute is designed for clergy and lay leaders who would like to deepen their thinking and preaching by learning from preeminent scholars of theology and religion. All are urged to apply, including those who may not have formal theological training. The Institute is limited to 50 fellows. For more information, please check again soon..
July 19 -24, 2015 : Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching
The Engle Institute of Preaching is for pastors in their first three to seven years of ministry seeking to nurture and strengthen their preaching vocation in the company of colleagues. The program is designed for those who preach, ideally weekly, whether in city, suburb, small town, rural community, or other specialized ministries. Engle Fellows and faculty gather for the week to participate together in the hospitality of the seminar room, the dinner table, and the chapel pew. Engle Fellows reconnect vocationally with friends as they practice the craft of preaching in the company of colleagues. The Engle Institute is a weeklong continuing education event that was envisioned and made possible by the dream and generosity of Joe R. Engle, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in New York City.
More information is available here. http://ptsem.edu/engle/