April 16 – 26

As there are no Chapel services the week of April 14, a communion liturgy for the Easter season will take place next week on April 24. We would like to wish everyone a blessed Easter and to our friends who are celebrating Passover, we wish you a Zissen Pesach!

Wednesday, April 16

2:00 PM: Theo Talk: Domestic Violence and the Role of the Church 

This week on “Theo Talk: Where Social Justice and Theology Meet” on WMNJ The Forest, the topic will be LGBTQ Justice in Society and the Church. Our special guests will be Michael Gary and SPECTRUM.  Please join us this Wed. 4/16 @ 2 pm. You may listen online at www.wmnjtheforest.com and call in at 973-408-4567. Please join us on “Theo Talk.”

7:00 PM: Twenty Years After the Genocide in Rwanda: A Survivor Reflects on the Journey Back from the Abyss — Crawford Hall/Room 152, Ehinger Center

Eugenie Mukeshimana, Genocide Survivor and Founder/Executive Director of Genocide Survivors Support Network, will offer reflections on her journey from being a genocide survivor to a present day advocate for those who have experienced a similar plight. For more information, e-mail ctrholst@drew.edu. This free and public event is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study. For more information, please refer to the following link: http://www.drew.edu/announcements/?announcement=twenty-years-after-the-genocide-in-rwanda-a-survivor-reflects-ont-eh-jou-rney-back-from-the-abyss

Thursday, April 17

12:00 PM: CRCC Lecture: On the Table: Identity and Race in Discourses on Religion — Room 109, Ehinger Center

All are invited to attend a Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict sponsored lecture entitled, On the Table: Identity and Race in Discourses on Religion. This brown bag lunch talk will feature Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte, Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies, and Dr. Allan Dawson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

Friday, April 18

Good Friday — University Closed

Tuesday, April 22

11:20 AM: Chapel Service: Michael Howard delivers his Senior Sermon — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

The community is invited to hear M.Div. student, Michael Howard, deliver his senior sermon, “Coming Out in Christ,” in observance of the Easter Season and Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 23

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration: Screening of Movie, René and I — Baldwin Gymnasium
As part of the annual Yom HaShoah commemoration, there will be a screening of René, a 75-minute documentary film that tells the story of young twins René and Irene who spent more than a year in Auschwitz under the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele. While this documentary is the story of the Nazi racial state of the Holocaust, it is also a story of love and courage, of the complexity of the human psyche and of the resilience of the human spirit. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with special guest speakers; Irene Hizme, whose story is told in René and I and Leora Kahn, Executive Producer. For more information, e-mail ctrholst@drew.edu. This event is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.

11:20 AM: Chapel: Rodney Lynch delivers his Senior Sermon — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

All are welcome to hear M.Div. student, Rodney Lynch, deliver his Senior Sermon, “The Religion of Jesus,” based on Mark 1:40-42.

12:00 PM: Community Lunch in Honor of Administrative Staff Appreciation Day  — 2nd Floor, Seminary Hall

We are celebrating!  We are celebrating the dedication and hard work of Michelle Campbell, Emily Cyrier, Gloria Kovach, Wendy Parinello and Alma Tuitt.  These five women make up the amazing administrative team for the Theological School and work very hard for each and every student.  Be sure to join us for our Administrative Staff Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, April 23 at noon.

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Publication Celebration for Professors Kate Ott and Angella Son — Room 101, Seminary Hall

All are invited to attend a celebration in honor of two recent faculty publications. Dr. Kate Ott, Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics, published Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence (Westminster John Knox Press, 2013) and Dr. Angella Son, Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion published Spirituality of Joy, (Jeyoung Communications; 2013).

Thursday, April 24

11:20 AM: Service of Word and Table for the Easter Season — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

All are invited to partake in Hymns of Praise and a Communion Liturgy for the Easter season. Dr. Melanie Johnson-Debaufre, Associate Professor of New Testament, will deliver the sermon.

Friday, April 25

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Classes Without Quizzes: Introducing Change in Church (and Other “Change-Resistant” Environments) — Room 210, Seminary Hall

Join Dr. Charles McNeil, Retired UM Clergy, Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Adjunct Instructor, for a seminar entitled, “Introducing Change in Church (and Other “Change-Resistant” Environments).” For more details and to register, please refer to the following link: : drew.edu/theological/lifelong-learning/classes-without-quizzes

11:00 AM: Catholic Mass — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

The weekly Catholic Mass will be celebrated this Friday morning in the Craig Chapel of Seminary Hall.

Saturday, April 26

8:00 – 10:00 PM: Choral Union Performance of Mozart Requiem, K. 626 — Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

The Drew University Choral Union will perform W.A. Mozart’s final and unfinished composition, the legendary Requiem in D Minor. The Drew University Festival Orchestra will be joined by musicians from the New Jersey Youth Symphony. General admission is $5.


Please complete the Supervised Ministry Assessment by May 1, 2014!

The Theo School faculty is currently assessing several programs in anticipation of a curriculum review of the Masters of Divinity degree. Among these programs is the Supervised Ministry requirement. All Theo students are invited and encouraged to complete this survey regarding supervised ministry. It is anonymous and will be open until May 1.  The survey can be found at this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DTSSupervisedMinistrySurvey. Thank you for your assistance!

Sustainability Campus Initiatives for Earth Month

April is Earth Month and Drew has a host of events including film screenings, lectures, Community Action Week and the Fern Fest to get in the sustainability spirit. For more details on how you can become involved, check out the campus sustainability events calendar at at http://www.drew.edu/sustainability/.

James Cone to lecture on The Cross and the Lynching TreeApril 26th.

Professor James H. Cone, a black liberation theologian and Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary, will lecture on his book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, on Saturday, April 26, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or www.stpetersmorristown.org –$20 for adults and $10 for students.  For more information call 973-538-0555 or visit St Peter’s website.  St. Peter’s is located at 121 South St. in Morristown, NJ.

Interested in Supervised Ministry? Contact Michelle Campbell in the Dean’s Office!

If you are interested in Supervised Ministry for the 2014-2015 academic year, contact Michelle Campbell, Administrative Assistant to Dean Samuel and Assistant Dean Stone, at mecampbe@drew.edu.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: AM Centering Prayer and Holy Conversation

M.Div. students, Chris Geenen Jorgensen and Jerry Racioppi, will be meeting in the chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am for centering prayer followed by holy conversation about how it goes with our souls. ALL are welcome to join us in this contemplative spiritual discipline/Wesleyan class meeting mash-up. Feel free to message me with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 29, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM: The Rev. Marian Hartmann from the UMC Susquehanna Conference visits Drew! Outside Cyber Cafe, Seminary Hall

The Rev. Marian Hartmann from the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church will visit Drew to interview students interested in working in her conference.  Rev. Hartmann reports that there are openings for local pastors, some of which include parsonages.  If you would like to meet with Rev. Hartmann, she will be stationed just outside the Cyber Cafe.

Tuesday, April 29, 12:00 – 2:00; 5:00 – 7:00 PM: Free 10-Minute Chair Massages — Atrium, Seminary Hall

Not that anyone in the Theological School is feeling STRESSED, OVERWORKED and just a bit WEARY as the semester comes to a close. But, just in case you MIGHT be feeling any of this, TSA is offering you a change to take a break, breathe a little deeper, and loosen up those tension-filled muscles. Come by the Atrium for a free 10-minute massage. You won’t regret it!

Tuesday, April 29, 12:15 – 1:00 PM: SOMOS Lunch and Learn with The Rev. Dr. Enrique Lebron — Room 101, Seminary Hall

SOMOS invites the community to join Theo Alum Rev. Dr. Enrique Lebron, of the United Methodist Church New York Annual Conference, who will be facilitating a Lunch and Learn about best practices of mainline churches interested in serving Latino immigrants in their communities.

Wednesday, April 30: 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Honors Chapel Service — Chapel, Seminary Hall

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 – 10:00 PM: Senior Sendoff — Location TBD

Thursday, May 1, 4:00 – 6:00 PM: TSA Farewell Reception for Dr. Ernie Rubinstein — Atrium, Seminary Hall

TSA would like to invite the Drew community to an afternoon reception honoring the contributions of Dr. Ernie Rubinstein, Theological Librarian and Associate Professor in the Practice of Theological Bibliography and Research, who will be retiring this June. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 PM: GDR Dean’s Reception and Prize-giving Ceremony — Atrium, Seminary Hall

Please join us Wednesday, May 7, at 6:30 pm, in the Seminary Hall Atrium, for the annual GDR Dean’s Reception and Prize-giving Ceremony. This is a time to eat, drink, and celebrate the achievements of the year!

Thursday, May 15, 4:00 – 9:00 PM: Senior Reception and Dinner — Ehinger Center

Seniors, stay tuned for more details about the upcoming Senior Reception and Dinner. The Senior Reception will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the 1867 Lounge of the Ehinger Center. The Dinner will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 PM in Crawford Hall of the Ehinger Center. Babysitting will be provided in the evening.

Saturday, May 31, 7:00 PM: One and All: The Campaign for Drew Dinner — Baldwin Gym

Join us to launch One And All: The Campaign for Drew, the biggest shared effort realize the university’s full potential. You’re not only invited to the party…as the bridge between Drew’s past and future, you’re the guest of honor. For more details and to purchase tickets, please refer to the following link: https://www.drew.edu/events/events/campaign-dinner/



Reminder: No flyers are allowed to be posted on the glass doors in Seminary Hall, either the main entrance or the entrances to the Atrium. Since not everything needs to be posted, any flyer for announcements or information must be approved by either Michelle Campbell or Alma Tuitt and posted on the bulletin boards in Seminary Hall. Please remember to remove flyers after the event has ended.

Craig Chapel Information

Did you miss a chapel service? Now you can see video recordings of Drew Worship on Facebook.


To add an event to the Theo Weekly, please send an email to Emily Cyrier (ecyrier@drew.edu). Events must be received by Wednesday of the preceding week.