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EXPLORING DIFFERENCES, DEEPENING FAITH

EXPLORING DIFFERENCES, DEEPENING FAITH

EXPLORING DIFFERENCES, DEEPENING FAITH

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With roots that go back to 1834, Hartford Seminary is a non-denominational graduate school for religious and theological studies. What makes us unique is our multi-faith environment and our proven ability to prepare leaders for the complex world that surrounds us.

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Christianity Today Writes about Megachurch Report
Christianity Today covered the released of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research's major report on megachurches with an article titled, "U.S. Megachurches Are Getting Bigger and Thinking Smaller." The report, based on a recent survey of 582 megachurches, showed three times the number of megachurches with multiple sites in 2020 compared with 2000. Churches are adding services as well as sites, the report showed. Dr. Scott Thumma, Professor of Sociology of Religion and Director of HIRR, was interviewed in the article about the models these large churches use for preaching. For the full article, visit this link.    
The Rev. Nick Mumejian Contributes to Book on Changing the Church
The Rev. Nick Mumejian, Managing Editor of The Muslim World journal, has contributed a chapter to the book Changing the Church: Transformations of Christian Belief, Practice, and Life. According to publisher Palgrave Macmillan, "This volume explores the topic of changing the church from a range of different theological perspectives. It is dedicated to the memory of Gerard Mannion, former Joseph and Winifred Amaturo Chair in Catholic Studies at Georgetown University, It is written for those involved in ecumenical dialogue." The Rev. Mumejian's chapter is titled "Three’s Company in Interfaith Dialogue: A Protestant Modus for Engagement with Those from Other Faiths." Congratulations to Nick!
Faculty Emeritus Yahya Michot Has Two New Publications
Dr. Yahya Michot, Faculty Emeritus, shares these two new publications: Ibn Taymiyyas Historiographie der falsafa, in Y. Kuhn, Über Vernunft und Offenbarung in Ibn Taymiyyas Denken, Hamburg, Tredition, « Studien zur Kritik der Philosophie im islamischen Denken, Band 3 », 2020, p. 319-359. — German translation by Y. Kuhn of Y. Michot, From al-Ma’mūn to Ibn Sab‘īn, via Avicenna: Ibn Taymiyya’s Historiography of Falsafa, in F. Opwis & D. Reisman (eds.), Islamic Philosophy, Science, Culture, and Religion. Studies in Honor of Dimitri Gutas,Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2012, p. 453-475. Al-Ghazālīs Esoterik gemäß Ibn Taymiyyas Bughyat al-Murtād, in Y. Kuhn, Über Vernunft und Offenbarung in Ibn Taymiyyas Denken, Hamburg, Tredition, « Studien zur Kritik der Philosophie im islamischen Denken, Band 3 », 2020, p. 361-411. — German translation by Y. Kuhn of Y. Michot, Al-Ghazālī’s Esotericism According to Ibn Taymiyya’s Bughyat al-Murtād, in G. Tamer (ed.), Islam & Rationality. The Impact of al-Ghazālī. Papers Collected on His 900th Anniversary, vol. I, Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2015, p. 345-374.      
Dr. Miriam Therese Winter and Dr. David Roozen Join Emeriti Faculty
The Hartford Seminary Board of Trustees unanimously voted on Nov. 9, 2020, to welcome Dr. Miriam Therese Winter and Dr. David Roozen to the ranks of emeriti faculty. A fully retired faculty member who is deemed by his or her colleagues to have made an exceptional contribution to the Seminary and to the academic field with which he or she is affiliated may be considered for emeriti status. Such a position is typically reserved for a truly exceptional faculty member who is recognized nationally and/or internationally for his or her scholarship, has brought prestige to the Seminary, has served the Seminary for at least 10 years, and is a full professor in good standing at the time of retirement. As part of the official process, Core Faculty members nominated each member. Here is the proposal for Dr. Winter, a Medical Mission Sister who is internationally known as a feminist theologian, songwriter, and the author of numerous books. In honor of the previous retirement of Sr. Miriam Therese Winter from the faculty of Hartford Seminary, we the faculty hereby move that Dr. Winter be recognized as Emerita Professor of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, with all of the rights, privileges and duties thereof. Dr. Winter has been a distinguished faculty member since 1979. She has been instrumental over the years in her leadership in chapel and other worship opportunities of the Seminary. She provided the initial leadership behind the Women’s Leadership Institute and the Black Ministries Program. Her years of scholarship and support of student study of spirituality has shaped and molded many students to go on and become mature and engaged religious leaders. She has exemplified all that we could hope for in a faculty colleague, who exhibits the spirit and vision -- the heart and soul -- of Hartford Seminary. The faculty emeritus proposal for Dr. Roozen, known widely for his influential work as a sociologist of religion, reads: In honor of the previous retirement of Dr. David A. Roozen from the faculty of Hartford Seminary, we the faculty hereby move that Dr. Roozen be recognized as Emeritus Professor of Professor of Religion and Society, with all of the rights, privileges and duties thereof. Dr. Roozen has been a distinguished faculty member since 1974. He has been a pivotal figure in the social scientific study of religion over the years with his research of congregational and denominational life in the United States. His many books and research projects are significant in mapping the change of the place of Mainline Protestantism in the country. His leadership, with others, of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research and the Faith Communities Today project as well as many other research initiatives have created a solid foundation for research at the Seminary and solidified a significant network of partners for those efforts. His many years as a core faculty member both have shaped countless students as religious leaders and have helped create the school we now inhabit. David Roozen exemplifies all that we could hope for in a faculty colleague, who exhibits the high standard of inquiry, theological reflection and faculty research that is central to Hartford Seminary. President Lohr expressed his appreciation for both members, saying "We are blessed with an incredible faculty, and this moment highlights that in a powerful way. Both scholars are able teachers and worthy of this highest academic honor. Congratulations to MT and Dave!" The Seminary hopes to celebrate in person with Dr. Winter and Dr. Roozen at an event next spring or summer.
Dr. Deena Grant to Speak on Panel about Antisemitism
Deena Grant, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, will speak on a panel discussing the Past, Present & Future of Antisemitism in Commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. The online event, part of the Virtual Holocaust Educators Workshop, is Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Also on the panel are Dr. Jonathan Elukin, Associate Professor of History at Trinity College, and Dr. Avinoam Patt, Director of UConn's Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. To register, visit this page and look for the Nov. 9 event. The event is made possible in part by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies Frances and Irving Seliger Memorial Endowment Fund The workshop is co-sponsored by: The University of Connecticut Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, The University of Hartford Maurice Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies, The Jewish Graduate Study Program, and Aleph: The Institute of Jewish Ideas.  
Dr. Bilal Ansari Invited to Join Wabash Project on Community-Engaged Learning
Bilal Ansari, Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology, has been invited to join an exploration of community-engaged learning in Islamic Studies supported by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. The project is described as a year-long collaboration to consider "how the Islamic Studies classroom can integrate community-engaged learning opportunities that (1) encourage self-awareness, critical thinking and civic engagement among our students, and (2) are co-created with and responsive to the needs of community stakeholders. We would like to explore pedagogy that is situated, contextual, and brings to life the complexity of Islam and Muslim communities, and the richness of intra-community debates around theology, identity, and practice." The scholars involved are those who "take seriously community-engaged and experiential models of teaching and learning in Islamic Studies and are willing to reflect on their experiences with this pedagogy in the company of others."  
The Role of Mary in Christianity and Islam
Join us during this celebratory time of the year as members of Hartford Seminary’s Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations explore the role of Mary in the Gospels and the Qur’an, and in Muslim and Christian belief. Mary, mother of Jesus/’Isa, plays a prominent role in the Gospels and in the Qur’an, having a complete chapter named in her honor. During December, the Annunciation of the birth of Jesus by the Angel Gabriel and the birth of Jesus is read in Christian communities during the Advent and Christmas seasons. However, the Qur’an also provides a record of the Annunciation and birth of ‘Isa, which is an important sign of God’s message and an inspiration for Muslim belief. Our speakers include: Chaplain Aida Mansoor, Coordinator of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program, who will speak about Mary from a Muslim woman’s perspective. Muslims see Mary as the most important woman, chosen by God for her faith and piety to have Jesus (pbuh). The Rev. Carl Chudy, Catholic priest, a member of the Xaverian Missionary order, and Hartford Seminary Doctor of Ministry student, who will speak on the principle shift  of Catholic mariology since Vatican II, as a movement away from honoring the privileges and splendors of Mary for their own sake in what has often been called an 'isolated mariology,' to an emphasis on Mary as one with us. Dr. Hans Harmakaputra, Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Theology and Muslim-Christian Relations, who will draw primarily from the Gospels’ depiction and the ways in which Mary inspires Protestants in piety. Dr. Hossein Kamaly, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, who will talk about the Advent in the Masnavi of Rumi, and the presence of Mary in public piety. The session will be moderated by Dr. David D. Grafton, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.
Responding to Pandemic Times with Pandemic Faith with Nelba Márquez-Greene
Please join us for the biennial Michael R. Rion Lecture featuring Nelba Márquez-Greene, founder of The Ana Grace Project.  The title of her talk is "Responding to Pandemic Times with Pandemic Faith." This endowed lecture is named for Michael R. Rion, a former Seminary president. It honors an individual who embodies a dedication to ministry in daily life and is committed to service to others. This event is free, but registration is encouraged and donations to Hartford Seminary are gratefully accepted. About the Speaker Nelba Márquez-Greene is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and has worked in private practice, community mental health, and academic settings in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to founding The Ana Grace Project, Nelba served as the Coordinator for Klingberg Family Therapy Center’s outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric clinic and was an adjunct faculty member at Central Connecticut State University. “Love Wins” is the family slogan they adopted after Ana’s senseless murder in 2012 at Sandy Hook School. It is now a movement and is one of increasing relational connections. Nelba maintains an online community of over 100,000 followers and an Ana Grace Project community where people from all over the world learn, share, grow and witness love through grief. Behind this is the belief that not only does Love Win – it also saves lives. The Ana Grace Project has adopted classrooms in New Britain that focus on social and emotional learning. It has hosted mental health conferences and professional learning opportunities all over the country. Nelba holds a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Joseph College. Nelba was the founding member of the CTAMFT Diversity Committee and has served on the CTAMFT Board of Directors. For her efforts, she has received the 2004 Minority Fellowship Award by the AAMFT, the 2004 Distinguished Professional Service Award, and the 2013 Service to Families Award by the CTAMFT. In 2018, she was selected as one of “100 Women of Color” and as a YWCA Women’s Leadership Award recipient. She is featured in the 2019 release The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton and in People Magazine’s October 2019 issue as one of ten Women Changing the World. Nelba has testified and advocated at the state and federal levels on many different mental health initiatives, hosted TEDx talks, and is a sought-after speaker nationally.
Online Book Talk: 'In the Spirit of Jesus' with Dr. Miriam Therese Winter
Join us to hear pioneering feminist theologian Dr. Miriam Therese Winter as she talks about "a new way to understand Jesus." This event will be live-captioned. In the Spirit of Jesus was written while Dr. Winter was in quarantine. It includes prompts for personal reflection, group discussion, and prayers, as well as song lyrics and poetry. The book directly addresses the prevailing issues of 2020, including racial injustice, climate change, and the coronavirus pandemic, among others. “We are living in unprecedented times," she writes. "We need to discover unprecedented ways to live faith fully in a world that is radically different from whatever has been before. How can we change water into wine, metaphorically? When will we finally hear the cries of those who hunger for food … for justice … for a place at the table where crucial decisions are made?” Dr. Winter directs both the Women's Leadership Institute and the Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary. This talk is free, but donations to Hartford Seminary are gratefully accepted. Information about accessing the Zoom session will be provided when you register. Note: Hartford Seminary is committed to providing accessibility. Please contact Susan Schoenberger at sschoenberger@hartsem.edu or 860-509-9519 at least 1 week in advance if you have questions about our accessibility or need reasonable accommodations for this online event.
DID YOU KNOW...
Hartford Seminary became the first seminary in America to open its doors to women, in 1889.
In 1902, Hartford Seminary was a founding member of the American Association of Schools of Religious Education.
The first American center for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations opened at Hartford Seminary in 1973.
In 1990, Hartford Seminary became the first nondenominational theological institution in North America to name a female president.
Naming a Muslim to the core faculty was a first for nondenominational theological institutions in North America in 1991.
Hartford Seminary established the first Islamic Chaplaincy Program in America in 2001.
The first chair of Shi’i Studies in North America launched at Hartford Seminary in 2015.

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