August 28 – September 7

Thursday, August 28

3:00 – 9:00 PM: New Theo Student Orientation – Day 1

We are delighted to welcome over one hundred new students to the Drew Theological School this fall! Orientation activities will occur over the next two days. Events that are open to the community and/or Theo faculty/staff are listed below. Should you have any questions concerning orientation, please contact Orientation Coordinator/TSA President, Dana Gill, at

6:00 PM: Opening Communion Service  — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

The Theo community is invited to a service of word and table to welcome our new theological students. The Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn BennettAssociate Professor in the Practice of Ministry/University Chaplain/Director of the Chapel & Religious Life, and Mark Miller, Assistant Professor of Church Music and Composer in Residence, will lead our celebration. All are welcome!

7:00 – 9:00 PM: Dean’s Welcoming Table — Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center

Please note that the Dean’s Welcoming dinner previously listed here is ONLY open to NEW Theo students, faculty and staff. We apologize for any confusion our previous listing may have caused. 

Friday, August 29

8:15 AM – 5:00 PM: New Theo Student Orientation – Day 2

For a detailed summary of our orientation schedule, please contact Dana Gill at

8:30 AM: Service of Morning Prayer  Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

Rev. Javier Viera, Dean of the Theological School, and Mark Miller, Assistant Professor of Church Music and Composer in Residence, will lead a morning devotion in Chapel to begin Day 2 of the Theo new student orientation. All are welcome! 

3:45 PM: Closing Chapel Service  Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

Rev. Javier Viera, Dean of the Theological School, will lead a closing chapel service for our new Theo students.

7:30 PM: Trivia Night  — The Pub, Ehinger Center

The Theo community is invited to a trivia night in the pub. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new people, unwind before the start of the semester and maybe even win a prize or two! This event is co-sponsored by TSA and GDRSA.

Monday, September 1 – Labor Day, No Classes/Theo School Open

Tuesday, September 2 – Classes Begin

11:30 AM: Praise and Homecoming Service – Rev. Dr. Tanya Bennett and Professor Mark Miller  Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

All are invited to attend the opening worship service of the semester. Rev. Dr. Tanya Bennett, Associate Professor in the Practice of Ministry and Mark Miller, Assistant Professor of Church Music and Composer in Residence, will lead us in praise and prayer.

Wednesday, September 3

11:30 AM: Service of Word and Music – Rev. Chris Heckert  Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

Join us for a service of word and music. Our preacher will be Rev. Chris Heckert (T’ 03), the Theo School’s United Methodist Liaison. The Rev. Chris Heckert currently serves as Senior Pastor of Morrow Memorial UMC in Maplewood, NJ (a reconciling congregation).

6:30 PM: Evening Chapel Service – NEWLY ADDED CHAPEL TIME!!  Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

All are invited to attend an evening of prayer and praise during our NEWLY ADDED evening Chapel time! All are welcome!

Thursday, September 4

11:30 AM: Service of Word and Table – Rev. Javier Viera  Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

The Theological School community is invited to join us for a very special service of word, table, dance and music. Rev. Javier Viera, Dean of the Theological School, will preach.

Friday, September 5

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

Upcoming Events

September 9, 11:30 AM: Shalom Chapel Service — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

All are invited to a chapel service on September 9th focusing on the Shalom Ministry experience.  Shalom interns Korey Turner and Peg Crilly will speak about the asset-based community development of Shalom. Immediately following chapel, Korey and Peg will give presentations on their internships in Seminary Hall Room 101. Rev. Dr. Michael Christensen, Associate Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministry/International Director, Shalom Initiative, will facilitate the chapel service and presentations after chapel. For more info, see  Come, join us, and learn more about Communities of Shalom and Summer Shalom Internships!

September 10, 11:30 AM: Fall Matriculation Service — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

Each fall and spring, the Drew Theological School reenacts an academic ritual that dates from its first day as a seminary, October 16, 1867.  Following a Matriculation address by this year’s speaker, Dr. Danna Nolan Fewell, Professor of Hebrew Bible, newly-enrolled students rise when called, come forward, and sign their name in a book that holds the signatures of the first students of Drew. The notion of covenantal scholarship can be traced to the document formally adopted by the faculty of the Theological School which outlines the desired characteristics of theological education: scholarly collaboration, academic freedom, involvement with diverse publics, and global awareness.  All new students of both the GDR and Theological School are invited to attend.  Faculty will process in academic regalia.

September 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Seminary Saturdays Rooms 101 and 109, Seminary Hall

The Seminary Saturdays program at Drew offers churches and individuals the opportunity to gain perspectives beyond the local church. Each Saturday morning session will offer one workshop on a spiritual topic and one on a theological topic. The seminars run from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon with a continental breakfast from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. For a detailed description of these sessions and to register, please select the following link:

The topics for the September 13 program are as follows:

  • Theological Track: “Proclamation Beyond the Pulpit” – Rev. Dr. Gerald Liu, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship Arts
  • Spirituality Track: “Liberation Spirituality: Henri Nouwen and Gustavo Gutierrez Perspectives” – Rev. Dr. Michael Christensen, Associate Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministry, International Director, Shalom Initiative, and Pastor of Epworth UMC, Berkeley, CA

September 22, 8:00 PM: CRCC Conversation About Peace — Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center

Earlier this year, Irish author and humanitarian Don Mullan accepted the Peace Through Truth & Reconciliation Award at the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict (CRCC)’s Inaugural Gala and introduced his latest initiative: The Christmas Truce and Flanders Peace Field Project. During World War I, on and around Christmas Day in 1914, fighting ceased on the Western Front and soldiers shared in holiday celebrations and gestures of good will. The truce was popularized by the French film, Joyeux Noël and this year marks the 100th anniversary. On Monday, September 22, 2014, Mullan will launch his official tour of The Christmas Truce and Flanders Peace Field Project at a CRCC-exclusive event at 8:00 p.m. in Crawford Hall. For more details, visit

September 26, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Classes Without Quizzes with Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte Location TBD

Classes Without Quizzes offers seminarians, clergy, and laity the opportunity to explore vital topics that provide relevant and practical information to assist them in their ministries. Workshops will take place on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and refreshments will be provided. Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte, Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies will lead a lecture entitled, “Cultural Competence and Sensitivity: A Lifelong Learning Engagement.” For more details and to register, visit

September 30, 7:30 PM: Frederick A. Shippey Lecture  Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

The 2014 Frederick A. Shippey Lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:30 p.m. in Seminary Hall, Craig Chapel. Dr. Pyong Gap Min, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, will speak on “Ethnic Religious Institutions and Ethnic Attachment.” For more details and to register, visit

October 14-15: Tipple-Vosburgh Lecture Series and Alumni Reunion: Faith, Science and the Church’s Voices

This year’s Tipple-Vosburgh series invites experts from various scientific, academic, public health, nonprofit and church arenas into conversation together to explore both the points of contrast and of synergy between scientific evidence and faith traditions present in various practices of ministry: pastoral care, teaching, preaching and mission. They will also encourage us to engage the advances and innovations that are redefining the limits of what it means to be human, what is mentally, physically and spiritually healthy, and, at its most basic, what is our place in the universe as our concepts of time, place and people rapidly expands. In order to invite deeper discussion and interaction, this year’s event is organized as a series of active and engaging forums. For more details and registration, visit .

October 16, 10:00 AM: Installation of New Theological Dean, Javier Viera — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

Please join the entire Drew community for the Ceremony of Installation for Drew Theological School’s 15th Dean, Rev. Javier Viera. This event will be followed by a community lunch.


Upcoming Jewish Holidays

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Jewish Holidays! September 24-26: Rosh Hashanah; October 3-4: Yom Kippur


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 Alma Tuitt and posted on the bulletin boards in Seminary Hall. Please remember to remove flyers after the event has ended.

Craig Chapel Information

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