From the Tap on the Shoulder
'Til the Laying on of Hands

Judson Church Support of Clergy Formation

Judson's Ordination Committee has an outstanding history of preparing men and women for ordained ministry in either the American Baptist denomination or the United Church of Christ.

At the earliest possible moment when a person considers the ministry as his or her vocation the committee meets to explore an appropriate pathway. Each journey has its own uniqueness but the committee assists in processes of development, discernment, and connections with the wider denominational structures. Judson takes this process of supporting the next generation of clergy for its denominations as a serious vocational ministry. A variety of steps and stages is required to complete the process. Currently, the committee is working in concert with 8 people who are pursuing ordained ministry.

The approach varies a bit since in the Baptist tradition it is the congregation that ordains and the area churches which concur and support the process. In the UCC tradition it is the association which ordains in partnership with the recommending congregation.

Committee members are: John Barrett, David Blythe, James Fraser, Martha Gotwals, Mary Meyer, Ed Powers, chair, Jenny Selig. Donna Schaper and Peggy McNamara are ex officio.

For more information on the In Care process contact info@judson.org.



From Dissent to Divinity School
By Neil Ellingson

This article appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Dissent magazine (www.dissentmagazine.org).

How does a young acolyte of the secular Left find his way to divinity school? There are times when, walking to my “Introduction to the New Testament” class in the cold Chicago morning, I ask myself that question. Part of what makes it difficult to answer is that the path leading me to the University of Chicago Divinity School began in an experience I don’t find easy to communicate. Talking about how I got here is awkward for someone of my thoroughly secular upbringing and education. The term that best captures what I experienced is, however, a religious one: conversion...read more at http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/?article=2431.


Neil Ellingson was born in Minneapolis in 1981. A graduate of Harvard and former editorial assistant at Dissent magazine, he is currently a student in the Master of Divinity program at the University of Chicago Divinity School.


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