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ETSAA Buffet Dinner and Baccalaureate Service

posted Mar 6, 2015, 8:49 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Mar 21, 2015, 1:39 PM ]

On Friday, June 5, 2015 the ETS Alumni Association will host a Buffet Dinner for the 2015 graduating class from 6:00 pm – 7:30pm in the Renaissance Room.  The dinner is free of charge to all graduates and a guest.  All others would be charged $14 per person, and children under 12 years old will be charged $6.


In addition, the Buffet Dinner will be followed by a special Baccalaureate Service.  The service is scheduled from 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm. Graduates are expected to attend.  Please let us know the number of guests you will be bringing by registering for both or one or the other Friday evening events at https://etseminary.wufoo.com/forms/etsaa-buffett-dinner-and-baccalaureate-service/, no later than May 22, 2015. 


posted Mar 1, 2015, 2:07 PM by Pamela Johnson

Ecumenical Theological Seminary
Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 AM – Noon
Cost: $40

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Adjunct Professor at Ecumenical Theological Seminary

j harold ellens

The students will learn where and how the characteristics of the biblical prophets were derived in the Semitic cultures that go back to the Mari and Ebla cultures in Syria. It was through this culture that Abraham traveled on his way from Ur of the Chaldees. Lecture will identify the pattern of prophecy, invocation of the presence of God, and proclaiming God’s word to their people is a pattern that was developed in Semitic cultures 2000 years before the early biblical prophets.

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Workshops are held at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary, and open to the public.
Register Now or visit www.etseminary.edu select Register, ETS SPE Registration.
For further information or to register your group, please contact Dr. Floyd A. Davis, Director at 313-831-5200, Extension 228 or fdavis@etseminary.edu.

The Sacred Music Legacy of Gordon Young

posted Feb 7, 2015, 4:17 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Mar 1, 2015, 3:04 PM ]

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Historic Musical Instrument Is Reborn For Special Detroit Concert


The Sacred Music Legacy of Gordon Young

Featuring Celebrated WRCJ Host and Organist David Wagner in collaboration
with the MSU Community Music School-Detroit


DETROIT, MI (January 30, 2015) – An historic Detroit pipe organ will breathe new life for the first time in many decades during a special concert presentation titled “The Sacred Musical Legacy of Gordon Young” at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary housed in the First Presbyterian Church of Detroit on March 13 at 7 p.m.  The concert will be held at, 2930 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201 


The event is a musical collaboration between the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) and the MSU Community Music School-Detroit -- two Midtown neighbors on Woodward Avenue in Brush Park. The performance will feature Dr. David Wagner, renowned classical musician and radio host for WRCJ-FM, who will perform on the ETS 3,700 pipe Casavant organ, as well as the MSU New Horizons Concert Band led by director Edward Quick.  


The concert program will pay tribute to the legacy of celebrated Detroit organist, choirmaster, composer and music pedagogue Gordon Young, who led activities at the First Presbyterian Church from 1964 to 1979. A widely-recognized composer of sacred music, Gordon was a prolific composer for organ.

Concertgoers will also enjoy an exhibition of paintings by artist Timothy Orikri entitled “A Sacred Space in Music.” On display throughout the 124-year old church and seminary, the works will be available for purchase by the public. 

Additionally, this concert is the beginning of our weekend festivities celebrating the arrival of the Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray as the fourth President of Ecumenical Theological Seminary.  His inauguration will be the next morning, on Saturday, March 14th at 10:30am in our historic sanctuary.

I am thrilled to lead Ecumenical Theological Seminary at this vibrant time of Detroit's renewal and re-imagination.  Ecumenical Theological Seminary stands committed to the education of justice-minded individuals and communities in a theological context, believing that the most powerful way to speak toward the betterment of society is through the language of faith,” said Murray.

Gordon Young was born in McPherson, Kansas in 1919. He was educated at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, as well as the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. As both a superb organist and inspiring choral director, he served churches in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma before becoming the organist/choirmaster for the First Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI.  Gordon is renowned for his exceptional contributions to American church music. He died in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, in 1998.

David Wagner is an accomplished concert organist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. As a classical music broadcaster, Dave Wagner has a national reputation and is heard regularly as the morning/afternoon host on WRCJ in Detroit.


“It will be so wonderful to see this instrument come alive again,” said Wagner, “It’s extraordinary that the leadership at Ecumenical Theological Seminary has restored this priceless instrument for public enjoyment.”

The ETS pipe organ was built in 1965 by Casavant Frères, a Canadian company that has built nearly 4,000 organs across the world. Other significant Casavant organs have been installed in institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Auditorium and St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The MSU Community Music School-Detroit provides music classes for babies through seniors and everyone in between. The MSU New Horizons Concert Band is just one of the adult ensemble programs that everyone can join.

Edward Quick is the award-winning, retired Band Director of the Detroit School of Arts, who is now a sought-after educator and conductor. In addition to works by Gordon Young, the band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Alfred Reed, Franco Cesarini, and Sigrid Karg-Elert.

The Ecumenical Theological Seminary was established in 1980 to respond to the need for theological education in the Detroit metropolitan area. ETS has been recognized by its colleagues in theological education as uniquely equipped to prepare individuals to meet the challenges of ministry in urban centers.

The First Presbyterian Church building was leased to Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit in 1992, and the distinct red church became the permanent home of the seminary in 2002.

Tickets for “The Sacred Music of Gordon Young” are priced at $30. Tickets for students of all ages are $15. Proceeds will benefit ETS and its many activities. Tickets are available online visit www.etseminary.edu. For more information call 313. 831-5200 and speak to Ms. Pamela Johnson at extension 209.  Special sale of group tickets for our upcoming Sacred Music Concert are available for the Friday, March 13, 7:00 PM concert, at Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS).  Free parking is available at ETS, the former First Presbyterian Church of Detroit located at 2930 Woodward, corner of Edmund, in the heart of midtown Detroit.


Student tickets are available for $10 in group sales of 20. All tickets are available for half price ($15/person) in groups of 20.  Please contact Pamela Johnson at (313) 831-5200 ext. 209 to place your order for group sales by Thursday, March 12, 2015.


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SAVE THE DATE Wednesday, May 13, 2015 for the 9th Annual Spirit Awards Banquet -

posted Dec 21, 2014, 11:42 AM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Dec 21, 2014, 1:05 PM ]

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ecumenical Theological Seminary Spirit Awards


The 9th Annual Spirit Awards Banquet will be held at
Shriner's Silver Garden Events Center on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  


Save the date:
ETS 9th Annual Spirit Awards Banquet 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Shriner's Silver Garden Event Center
24350 Southfield Road, Southfield 48075 

Sustaining Pastoral Execellence Workshop

posted Dec 6, 2014, 9:10 AM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Dec 6, 2014, 9:11 AM ]

Ecumenical Theological Seminary 
Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Workshop

Workshop Title:
Importance of Interfaith Inclusivity and Cooperation (MLK Beloved Community)

Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:00 am – Noon
Cost: $40

The workshop will focus on the critical importance of the local pastor/preacher to be the leader in interfaith dialogue and interfaith cooperation in the 21st century.  Considerable attention will be given to the composite, interfaith make-up of southeastern Michigan.


Presenter: Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors,
Director of MDiv Program and Director of Student Life, 
Assistant Professor of Homiletics,
Senior Pastor of 
New Calvary Baptist Church

or visit  www.etseminary.edu click Register and select 
ETS SPE Workshop Registration

For further information or to register your group, please contact
Dr. Floyd Davis, SPE Director 313-831-5200, Ext. 228 or

Location: Ecumenical Theological Seminary, 2930 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

A Community Response to Ferguson and Staten Island: Why is There a Racial Divide?

posted Dec 5, 2014, 8:35 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 8:41 PM ]

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM

 The Ecumenical Theological Seminary will host 
A Community Response to Ferguson and Staten Island: Why is There a Racial Divide?

The lack of indictments in two grand juries concerning the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island have brought the issue of racial divide in response to these verdicts to the forefront of American conscience.  How do we, as individuals and a society, respond in the wake of these decisions, and why is it that we find black and white communities are reacting differently to these events?  Ecumenical Theological Seminary invites people of all backgrounds to come together for an evening of open discussion on these topics, seeking especially to listen to younger voices from the area. Following introductory remarks by the President and the Dean of ETS, we will open the microphone to anyone in attendance for comments, questions, and conversation as we seek to find ways, in Detroit and its vicinity, for us to deal meaningfully with the legacy of these events for our communities and our families.

2930 Woodward Avenue, 
Detroit MI 48201


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Pamela Johnson, Manager Special Events and Media, at pjohnson@etseminary.edu.

Faith Leaders as Mental Health First Responders

posted Nov 17, 2014, 3:52 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 5:28 PM ]

Faith Leaders as 

Mental Health First Responders

 Monday -Thursday
 January 12 - 15, 2015, 
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
 January 16, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Ecumenical Theological Seminary and the Interfaith Health & Hope Coalition will host a series on prevalent mental health conditions in our community. The series will address how to identify possible concerns and where to turn for help. Faith leaders - Pastors, Rabbis, Imams, Faith Community Nurses, Chaplains, Lay Health Ministers, and others - can play a key role as Mental Health First Responders.

The program, offered during the seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Emergent Week, is open to members of the public. Samaritan Counseling Center professionals, Wayne State University faculty and others will cover: 
MONDAY           Basic Concepts of Mental Health & Illness
TUESDAY          Substance Abuse
WEDNESDAY   Depression, Suicide and Self-Harm
THURSDAY       Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
FRIDAY              Faith Leaders as Mental Health First Responders

COST: $25 per day or $99 for the entire week

WHERE:  Ecumenical Theological Seminary, 2930 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

To register visit www.etseminary.edu, and select Register
Registration is required by the deadline of December 29, 2014

Parking On Site, Lunch & Continental Breakfast Included (except on Friday)
For more information, contact,  Ron Beford at (810) 923-6940 or rbeford@yahoo.com

Special Thanks to our planning committee, convened by the Interfaith Health & Hope Coalition and representing Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.; Henry Ford Health System; St. Frances Cabrini Clinic; Brighton Center for Recovery; Samaritan Counseling Center; and Wayne State University

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 in Pastoral Ministry, DMin.

2930 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48201 ⎥ www.etseminary.edu ⎥ (313) 831-5200

13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast and Benefit

posted Nov 10, 2014, 6:22 AM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Nov 10, 2014, 7:32 AM ]

November 27, 2014 
13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade 
Breakfast and Benefit
 Doors open at 8:00 am

 For the past 12 Years ETS has provided a prime location for you and your family to view the parade and participate in the festivities. 
Are you ready to enjoy the parade from the BEST seat on Woodward Avenue? 
If yes, join ETS on Thanksgiving morning for this premier event.

 Are you ready to enjoy the parade from the BEST seat on Woodward Avenue?  Join ETS on Thanksgiving morning for this premier event
Vendor opportunities are available.

Want the VIP treatment? Sponsorship opportunities
are available.  For further information, please contact Pamela Johnson, Manager of Special Events and Media 
at (313) 831-5200, ext. 209 or pjohnson@etseminary.edu. 

Benefits of the Breakfast

       · All you can eat breakfast buffet

· Pancake Bar with toppings

· All you can drink coffee, cocoa and tea

· Reserved parking included

· Indoor and outdoor viewing

· Warm up if it’s cold outside

· Bring your chair and blanket

· Clean, private restrooms

· View the parade from our 100 foot sidewalk frontage

· Bring an unwrapped toy for COTS

· Face painting

· Christmas Shopping with vendors

· Pictures with Santa (additional fee)

· Live music during breakfast and after the parade

· Door prizes

· 50/50 Raffle


For more details, view flyer and sponsor package below.

Be a Vendor/Exhibitor,  

Volunteer Form

Noel Night Story Tyme

posted Nov 4, 2014, 5:44 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Nov 4, 2014, 5:50 PM ]

Ecumenical Theological Seminary 

in conjunction with Noel Night Presents:

 Story TymeRecreating the Magic

 Saturday, December 6, 2014

 Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Remember that special feeling you had as a child when someone read you a story?   
You felt cared for, nurtured, and drawn into the wondrous world of the illustrations and the words. 
Perhaps those experiences put you in touch with you
r own creative spirit and so linked you to the Creator. 
No doubt about it, being read to as a child ha
profound and lasting effect on us all. 
And let’s not forget that most of those stories were just plain fun! 


On Saturday evening, ETS Students and volunteers
will be recreating that special atmosphere by reading stories. 

Refreshments Served

Children of all ages are invited

There will be chairs, but feel free to bring a cushion
 or an afghan, if you like, and dress comfy!

Ecumenical Theological Seminary
Renaissance Room
2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201


For more information contact, Ms. Rhonda Fairley at, 313-831-5200
extension 208 or by email at rfairley@etseminary.edu.

Donations Welcome


ETS Advent Worship Service

posted Oct 30, 2014, 1:00 PM by Pamela Johnson

Come, Let us worship together!

Advent Worship Service

Thursday, December 4, 2014
at 6:00 pm 
In the ETS Sanctuary

Rev. Dr. William J. Danaher, Jr., Rector

 Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Please join us for a Pot Luck Reception 
7:00 pm—8:00 pm 
Hosted by ETS Student Life Council

Community gathering to Worship and 
Praise the coming Christ!

 Therefore the Lord will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  (Isaiah  7:14)

Fellowship, Song and Gratitude!

 ETS Advent Worship Service 

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