Ecumenical Theological Seminary

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ETS Celebrating 60 Years of Service — January 7, 2018

ETS Celebrating 60 Years of Service


January 6, 2018
Dear Friends of ETS,
The Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) is celebrating its 60th year as a theological and ministry training institution. In 1957 ETS began as the first ecumenical center offering continuing education for clergy in the United States. Today, we are a fully-accredited seminary offering a number of degrees and diplomas for those called to serve in the faith community.
To mark this great milestone, we are preparing a commemorative journal! You are invited to take your place in our history by purchasing an ad in our journal and also by reserving your copy to have as a precious keepsake for years to come.
Our 60th celebration will culminate in a black-tie gala that will be held on Thursday evening October 25, 2018. This will be a night to remember and will be the official unveiling of the commemorative journal. Save the date.
You can place your ad and purchase the journal securely online at or download and complete the order form, see link below. If you have any questions, please email or call Pamela Johnson at  or by phone at 313.831.5200, e209.
ETS 60th Commemorative Journal Pricing 
Purchase on or before February 28, 2018 $100 / $80 for ETS Students
Purchased after March 1, 2018 $150 / $110 for ETS Students
ETS 60th Commemorative Advertisement Pricing 
$400 Full Page Color Advertisements
$200 Half Page Color Advertisements
Deadline to place advertisements is March 1, 2018.
We cannot wait for you to browse the pages of this historic journal and celebrate the amazing history of Ecumenical Theological Seminary.
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Harris
President and Academic Dean
Professor of Biblical Studies
Pamela Johnson
Executive Assistant

Manager of Special Events and Media

Click here to submit your ad and order your journal.
Second Temple #Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls class Winter 2018 Live Online — December 28, 2017

Second Temple #Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls class Winter 2018 Live Online

James Waddell, Ph.D. is teaching Second Temple #Judaism and Dead Sea #Scrolls class this Winter. Consider auditing a course at ETS. Check out the schedule at

Second Temple Judaism & the Dead Sea Scrolls Winter term 2018, Live online
The Dead Sea Scrolls have captivated popular interest and imagination since the first discovery
in 1947. A small group of dissident priests buried the scrolls in caves by the Dead Sea in the year 68 CE to protect them from destruction by an advancing Roman army.

This course is a survey of Jewish literature from the sixth century BCE to the first century CE. We will read the  Pseudepigrapha (Enoch, Jubilees, etc.), the Apocrypha (Tobit, Judith, Wisdom Ben Sira, 1 & 2 Maccabees, etc.), philosophical works (Philo of Alexandria), and historiographical works (Flavius Josephus). We will also examine in some detail the community that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls, its social development and its contribution to the history of Jewish thought. This course emphasizes reading and discussing the primary sources, rather than secondary literature. We will give special critical attention to the historical contexts in which these documents were composed, their diverse literary forms, and their importance for understanding the development of Jewish intellectual traditions. We will also explore the intertextual relationships of these texts with documents of the Hebrew Bible (OT) and the New Testament.

For more information contact . . .
James Waddell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of New Testament
Ecumenical Theological Seminary

Holiday Greeting from Ecumenical Theological Seminary — December 18, 2017

Holiday Greeting from Ecumenical Theological Seminary

Dr. Kenneth E. Harris
Isaiah 9:6 
6 For a child has been born for us, 
a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; 
and he is named 
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  NRSV 
As we begin our holiday break, we had a great send-off with an amazing event Service.  The planning of the service was led by our V.P. of Administration, The Rev. Dr. Genetta Y. Hatcher.  We had the largest attendance of recent memory and some great preaching from three student preachers.  Ms. Renata Orr provided music, and I even sang a solo.  It was an evening to remember.  WELL DONE!
The words of the 8th Century BCE prophet Isaiah reminds us of the “reason for the season”.  The promised coming of Messiah was to be fulfilled by the birth of “the Christ” eight hundred years later.  His coming was to usher in a new era for people of faith who yearned for peace and goodwill among all humankind.  Jesus the Christ was the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures’message of salvation, liberty, and justice for all.  The presentation of the Gospel in the Christian Scriptures reminds us that God expressed His love to the whole world through the gift of His Son, Jesus, who offers salvation to all.
Isaiah prophetically declares that the world receives immeasurable blessing wrapped in the gift we know as Jesus.  Jesus is the child Who was born and shares our humanity.  He is a Son Who was given as a gift from our Heavenly Father and shares His divinity.  He is given authority commensurate with His Name(s):  He is a Wonderful Wonder, a gracious Counselor, [the] Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
As we celebrate together the gift we have in Jesus the Christ, we are thankful that in a world of division, conflict, mistrust and mindless acts of violence, we serve and worship One whose advent offers to bring Peace, Love, and Joy to each of us and to the whole world.
On behalf of the leadership and board of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary, we send our blessings and best wishes to our wonderful Staff, Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, students, donors, friends, supporters, well-wishers and the entire human community. 
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Harris
President and Academic Dean
Professor of Biblical Studies
Advent Worship Service is December 14th at 6p — December 13, 2017
“Can You Hear Me Now?” Workshop on Feb 9th and 10th 2018 —

“Can You Hear Me Now?” Workshop on Feb 9th and 10th 2018

Ecumenical Theological Seminary invites you to attend our February 2018 Workshop entitled…

“Can You Hear Me Now?” A Social Media Ministry

Articulating a theology of social media and developing a practice of effective digital communications for the local church.

February 9, 2018 from 4:30PM-8:30PM
February 10, 2018  from 9:30AM-4:00PM

ETS Students $150 | Community $50
Course Code: WS326



The Rev. Dr. Marcus Cylar
Itinerant Elder in the AME Church



As social media and digital communications tools have dramatically impacted every aspect of our lives, it’s become increasingly clear that church leaders who continue to ignore them will be left behind in 2018 and beyond. This two-day workshop will introduce a theology of social media and provide an overview of today’s major social platforms and concepts. Through guided discussion, multimedia illustrations, and case-study examination, participants will learn how to think about digital ministry and effectively engage culture, build community, and preach the gospel using social media.

This is a wonderful continuing education resource for the community.  Also, for those who have mandated professional Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) to complete, please check with your professional organizations to see if these workshops can be used to fulfill those requirements.

ETS Student Graduation Requirements:
UMD, MA, and MAPM two ten-hour workshops required.
MDiv three ten-hour workshops required.

Ecumenical Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MA, MA in Pastoral Ministry, DMin.


Advent Worship Service is December 14th at 6p — November 28, 2017
ETS Open House is November 9th at 4p — November 5, 2017

ETS Open House is November 9th at 4p

Are you ready to start your spiritual journey?
Join us at our next Open House
Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 4PM to 6PM

For additional information, contact our Recruitment Office at 313.831.5200.

Come meet the ETS President, members of our esteemed Faculty, and hear more about the admission and financial aid processes.
Tour our campus and chat with ETS Students and Alumni.

Find out which program is for YOU! We offer…
Doctor of Ministry
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts (Academic)
Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
Certificate in Theological Studies
Urban Ministry Diploma

Ecumenical Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Harris, President
2930 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48201
313.831.5200 *

ETS is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MA, MA in Pastoral Ministry, DMin.