Welcome to Ecumenical Theological Seminary

Bar-B-Que Meet and Greet with Dr. Murray

posted by Pamela Johnson

Are you ready for a Bar-B-Que?  

 We would like to extend an invitation for you to meet the new ETS President, Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray.
 To ensure Dr. Murray has an opportunity to meet and greet everyone personally, each gathering is limited to
 50 current students. Reservations will close after 50 reservations have been received. Please register by
 completing the online reservation form below, please note the rsvp deadlines on the flyer.
 The casual, informal 
 gatherings will be held at ETS. 

You have two options to meet and greet Dr. Murray. 

August 14, 2014, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
September 15, 2014 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm

As we introduce Dr. Murray to the area, consider opportunities to host a gathering at your church,
community group or extend an invitation for Dr. Murray to attend your upcoming events.  

If another date is required to accommodate our student body, it will be schedule after September 15th,
so we encourage you to select one of the two dates listed above. Please take this opportunity to meet 
Dr. Murray and get to know him.

Please email or call, with any Ms. Johnson with questions,
pjohnson@etseminary.edu or at extension 209.

A Water Teach-In

posted Jul 14, 2014, 12:01 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Jul 14, 2014, 6:26 PM ]

The Gospel of Water in Detroit:
 Why Halting the Shutoffs is a Spiritual Matter

 Dr. James Perkinson will lead  

 A Water Teach-In  

 Tuesday, July 15, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public.

Thousands of Detroiters who have delinquent accounts have been scheduled for shutoffs in the coming months.  Scores of commercial, business and entertainment venues who owe tens of millions of dollars have been excluded. A Canadian group, the Council of Canadians, have blasted the Detroit plan.  The United Nations has called the action a "clear violation of human rights."  Dr. James Perkinson was among a group of citizens arrested by Detroit police on July 10 for protesting the shutoffs.  He has been released on bail.  Because of the severe consequences faced by families without access to water, more protests will follow as citizens become aware of the details and hardships caused by this tragic action.  Below you will find media link regarding the July 10, 2014.  

It is not your fault but it is your fight! 

Call 1-844-42WATER for help or to volunteer time and resources.
Volunteers needed for hotline support, water distribution, neighborhood canvassing and 
direct action. 
Help get the word out by joining us in the social media campaign.
#DetroitFlow  #DetroitResilience  #WaterCrises  #DetroitWaterWeek  #PeoplesWaterBoard

I thirst — Jesus on the cross, dying” (John 19:28)

He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters. 
3 He restores my soul; 
(Ps 23:2-3a)   


July 24, 2014 Open House at 6pm

posted Jun 13, 2014, 7:32 AM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Jun 25, 2014, 8:52 AM ]

Do you feel you have a higher calling?
 Would you like to learn how to minister? 
 Do you want to grow spiritually?
 Do you want to be a better servant in the church?
 Do you desire a better understanding of the scriptures?

Join us on July 24, 2014 at 6pm.

We have a program to fit your needs. 

During Open House you will.....

Tour the campus
Meet Program Directors
Meet the Dean
Discuss Financial Aid
Meet the admissions Director

Please rsvp to Dr. Charles E. Clark, Jr.,
at cclark@etseminary.edu,
or by phone at 313.531.5200, extension 224.

Pentecost Teach-In on June 18, 2014 6:30pm-9:00pm

posted Jun 6, 2014, 10:38 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 7:12 AM ]

 Scripture, Banks and Bankruptcy

 Ecumenical Theological Seminary invites you to join the following panelist

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Harris
Ms. Monica Lewis-Patrick
Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors
Dr. James Perkinson
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann

This event is FREE and open to the public.

June 18, 2014
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Salem Memorial Lutheran Church
21230 Moross in Detroit

Dinner will be served.
Registration is requested.

Register on-line at http://bit.ly/etsteachin

8th Annual Spirit Awards Banquet

posted May 3, 2014, 4:14 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated May 3, 2014, 4:57 PM ]

The 8th Annual Spirit Awards Banquet will be held at 
 Shriners Silver Garden Event Center on 

 Thursday, June 5, 2014

 5:30 pm
 Special Reception 

 Sponsors, Awardees and 2014 ETS Graduates

  6:30 pm

  Dinner and Award Presentation 

Emcee: Ms. Glenda Lewis, WXYZ TV/Channel 7

  Sponsor the event and get the VIP treatment.

You may purchase tickets online at

 8th Annual Spirit Awards Banquet Online Registration
Ticket Price: $75.00

Every year ETS honors individuals, organizations, businesses and churches that have demonstrated
 a strong personal and moral commitment to contribute to the world around them with an equally strong
 sense of responsibility to use their power in the service of humanity.

2014 Awardees

Remonia Chapman Photo
Spirit of ETS Alumni Award
Remonia Chapman
Executive Director
Detroit MOTTEP Foundation

The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.
Inspirational Spirit Award
The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.

10th Bishop Episcopal Diocese of Michigan 

Spirit of Unity Award
Rosy Latimore
Chairperson of the Multicultural Ministry Team
Presbytery of Detroit

Ms. Monique Marks
Spirit of Peace Award
Monique Marks
President and CEO
Franklin-Wright Settlement, Inc.

Pastor Semmeal Thomas
Spirit of ETS Student Award
Semmeal Thomas
Pastor City Covenant Church

Mr. William White
David W. Swink Award
Mr. William White
Chairman and CFO
H.M. White, LLC

Inspirational Spirit Award
Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom
Sr. VP of Community Health &
Equity and Chief Wellness Officer 
Henry Ford Health System

For information please contact Jacquelyn Hines at (313)-831-5200 ext. 211
or Pamela Johnson at (313)-831-5200 ext. 209.

Attire for the evening is business.

ETS Open House May 22, 2014

posted May 3, 2014, 3:25 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated May 3, 2014, 3:28 PM ]

Do you feel you have a higher calling?

 We are hosting an Open House, so you can ANSWER the call.

 Thursday, May 22, 2014

 Doors open at 6:00 pm.

RSVP to Dr. Charles Clark, Jr. at 
cclark@etseminary.edu or by phone 

313 831 5200, extension 224

2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
313 831 5200

Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Workshop

posted Apr 24, 2014, 10:57 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Apr 24, 2014, 10:59 PM ]

 May 3, 2014
 9:00 am  - Noon

 Workshop Title:

Mental Health Resources for the Ministry

Presenter:  Belinda Evans Ebio, LMSW, Social Worker

Cost: $40

Workshop Registration

All are welcome! Join us for our practical and informative 
seminar designed for students, clergy, and lay persons.   

Belinda Evans Ebio

One of the biggest yet most overlooked challenges to the church today is 
recognizing the signs of emotional stress and mental illnesses within the 
congregation. The minister and the ministerial staff need to be able to 
know the signs of mental illness and recognize that prayer alone may 
not be enough to assist people in mental distress.  This workshop will 
give basic information for those in church leadership to recognize the 
warning signs of mental illnesses and will provide resource guides 
giving trained professionals and agencies that can be contacted for
referrals or emergency assistance.


Workshop held at:

Ecumenical Theological Seminary
2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit 48201

For more details call, 
Dr. Floyd Davis, Program Director 
248 821 3698 or by email at 

Preaching Conference

posted Apr 24, 2014, 2:49 PM by Pamela Johnson

The Voice of a Prophet
Examining the Preaching Ministry of 
C.L. Franklin for a NEW Generation 

Thursday-Saturday April 24-26, 2014
Presented by Heritage Center for Religious Studies

Conference Participants will include...
Dr. Frank Thomas
Rev. R. Janae Pitts-Murdock
Professor Jeff Titon 
Rev. Martha Simmons
Rev. Charles Adams 
Rev. Jasper Williams 
Rev. Robert Smith 
Dr. Lisa Weah

Conference Host Pastor E.L. Branch

For more information call 313 491 7890 or visit  


Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Workshop

posted Apr 9, 2014, 8:59 PM by Pamela Johnson

Religion in the Public Square: 
Intersection of Faith and Politics

 April 12, 2014   

 9:00 am - Noon

 Register Now

Cost: $40

Presenter: Donna Matteis, ESQ. 

This seminar will look at the legal bases that separate
church and state. It will also explore how religion has
played and continues to play a role in politics in the
United States. Finally, while exploring why Christians
have sometimes been reluctant to bring their faith to the
public square, we will examine how Christianity calls
 us to participate in political dialogue.

Workshop Registration


All are welcome! Join us for our practical and informative 
seminar designed for students, clergy, and lay persons.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more details call,
Dr. Floyd Davis, Program Director
248 821 3698 or by email at

2014 Commencement Weekend - Thursday, June 5th - Saturday, June 7th

posted Apr 9, 2014, 8:46 PM by Pamela Johnson   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 8:47 PM ]

Thursday, June 5, 2014  

8th Annual Spirit Awards Banquet

Shriners Silver Garden Event Center

24350 Southfield Road
Southfield, 48075

5:30 pm
Special Reception Sponsors, Awardee, and 2014 ETS Graduates

6:30 pm
Dinner and Awards Presentation

Attire for the evening is business.

Tickets: $75

Sponsor, Register or Advertise

Friday, June 6, 2014 

Alumni Association Reception and Commissioning Worship Service

2930 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 48201

6:00 pm 

7:00 pm
Commissioning Worship Service

Please confirm your attendance by emailing rsvp@etseminary.edu.

Saturday, June 7, 2014  

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Speaker: 
Dr. Cain Hope Felder, Professor of New Testament and Language Literature 
Howard University - School of Divinity

Sanctuary at ETS

2930 Woodward Avenue, Detroit,  48201

10:00 am 

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