Episcopal Divinity School Welcomes 40 Students to Campus for January Intensive

EDS students, faculty and staff attended evening prayer on Sunday, January 3.

Cambridge, MA (January 4, 2015)--Episcopal Divinity School kicked off its January intensive session on Sunday, welcoming 20 students who are enrolled in the school’s innovative, limited residency distributive learning (DL) program back to its Cambridge campus, where they join 20 residential and commuter students who are enrolled in the school’s traditional learning (TL) graduate programs, as well as students from the Boston Theological Institute.

The January session is one of two 2-week intensives held at EDS—the other is held in June—during which time distributive learning students are in residence, taking courses, meeting in advisory groups, and worshiping together along with residential students on the school’s beautiful and historic campus. 

“The January and June sessions are among the most exciting and vibrant times on the EDS campus,” said Interim President and Dean The Very Rev. Francis M. Fornaro ’96. “Our students all share an unshakable commitment to theological education and spiritual formation in community—whether they are enrolled in our limited residency distributive learning program, or as traditional residential and commuter students. It is an honor and a delight to share this time and this place with them.”

For distributive learning students, the intensive sessions represent an opportunity to be physically present in the classroom, in chapel, and in advisory groups. The January and June sessions offer them an intense experience that builds on the online learning and formation that occur throughout the the academic year.

 During the regular academic sessions which run from September through December and from February through May, distributive learning students take live simulcast classes online both with their limited residency peers and with traditional students on the EDS campus. They also complete required field education at churches or other institutions near their homes, meet online in student cohort groups and with advisors, and participate in student community activities such as online chapel.

Of EDS’s 40 total students participating in the January intensive, 28 are pursuing a Master of Divinity degree, eight a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and four are students in the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of Boston-area theological schools (including EDS) whose students enjoy cross registration privileges. In addition, six candidates are currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at EDS. 


Courses this January session include The Social World of Ancient Jews and the First Followers of Jesus with Ethelbert Talbot Professor of Biblical Studies Dr. Lawrence Wills, Globalization: Mission, Theology, and Ethics with William W. Rankin Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics The Rev. Dr. Joan M. Martin, and Christology and Cultural Imagination with William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality Dr. Kwok Pui Lan. To read complete course listings for the January session and the Spring session that begins in February, visit eds.edu/course-listings.



All are welcome to join the EDS community for daily worship services in St. John's Memorial Chapel during the January intensive and throughout the academic year. Morning prayer is held daily at 8:00am, with midday services at 12:15pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. For a complete listing visit eds.edu/worship.

About Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is a progressive seminary and theological graduate school for lay and ordained leaders of all denominations. Committed to a mission of social justice and inclusive education and grounded in the Anglican tradition, EDS awards Masters’ degrees in Divinity and Theological Studies, Doctoral degrees in Ministry, and Certificates in Anglican Formation; Justice, Reconciliation, and Mission; and Christian Spiritualities for the Contemporary World.

EDS offers unparalleled flexibility in its programs. Students may complete their course of study as Traditional Learning students, in residence at the school’s historic Cambridge campus, or as Distributive Learning students, taking blended online classes and completing four weeks of intensive campus residency per year.

EDS graduates serve as lay and ordained ministers of the Episcopal Church as well as in other Christian denominations. They are also leaders in a variety of professions and industries, including non-profit executives, mental health professionals, social workers, community organizers, academics, artists, and writers, often in addition to their work as clergy or church leaders.

EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of ten eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion in the Boston area.

A seminary for the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Divinity School is grounded in the Anglican tradition and committed to growing in relationship with other Christian and faith traditions. Episcopal Divinity School is an academic community of biblical, historical, and theological inquiry that respects students as responsible learners with valuable experience, supports spiritual and ministerial formation, and provides tools for the life-long work of social and personal transformation.