President’s May Newsletter

Dear Friends,

It’s the season of Pentecost…and Commencement. We’re just three weeks away from the end of the Spring Term and Northern’s 103rd Commencement. On June 9, we’ll graduate (and commission) 49 in the class of 2018. We praise the Lord for the Spirit’s leadership in their lives and for your support of our students and faculty.



TASTE OF NORTHERN WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

Over 150 pastors and prospective students participated in our Taste of Northern event last Monday. We were thrilled with the response and eager to welcome many of these into classes this summer and fall. The day featured two lectures, one by David Fitch on the church as Christ’s “Faithful Presence,” the other by Scot McKnight on the Holy Spirit.


ANGLICAN PARTNERSHIP BEGINS

Northern welcomed over 100 pastors and lay leaders to the Lisle Center for the Telos Collective May 17-19. This event marks the official start in our program of Anglican Studies. We’re offering an M.A. and D. Min. in partnership with the Anglican Network “Church for the Sake of Others.”


NEW DEANS APPOINTED AT NORTHERN SEMINARY

Dr. Ingrid Faro has been appointed Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Old Testament. She comes to us from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield.

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Dr. Jason Gile will be Dean of Program Development and Innovation. As Dean, he will lead Northern’s institutional assessment and innovative designs for theological education.


WORSHIP LEADERS TRAIN TO SHEPHERD CONGREGATIONS

Among the graduating class of 2018 will be the first Master of Arts in Worship co-hort. As Aaron Keyes says, this program trains students “to lead a congregation prophetically and pastorally, to speak what’s challenging to a congregation when they need to be challenged, and to speak comfort when they need to be comforted takes a lot of wisdom.”


CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER MAKES A DIFFERENCE


Elder Joshua Shelton, 33, remembers the time he first saw a homicide victim; a young, black man who had been shot and killed. The victim was left dying on his feet while his family, including a small child, was upstairs.

“[Seeing that man] was something I couldn’t get out of my head for a long time,” Shelton said softly, as a glimmer of pain flashed in his eyes. “This man had died standing up, and his family was upstairs. We escorted them out of the building using a ladder through a window. We couldn’t let them see him like that. For a long time, I couldn’t get this victim out of my mind. Praying about it constantly, God reminded me that we need to hold on to the promise of everlasting life, and, that what the wicked is gaining is stored up for the righteous.”

Shelton, who is seeking a Masters Degree in Urban Leadership at Northern Seminary’s South Side Center, works full-time as the faith-based liaison with the Chicago Police Department’s 7th District in the Englewood neighborhood.


CONGRATULATIONS TO STUDENTS KELLYE FABIAN, JOHN NETHERLY, AND ALUMNUS JONATHAN BROOKS

Kellye Fabian (current MANT student) and Jonathan Brooks (alum) are publishing books this year. Support (and congratulate) them by pre-ordering now. In addition, John Netherly (current MA-UL student) is the recipient of a prestigious award. Join us in congratulating him and his accomplishments.

SACRED QUESTIONS BY KELLYE FABIAN

Kellye’s book Sacred Questions “invites readers into a daily personal practice of reading Scripture and responding to questions arising from the text about God, themselves, and others.”

CHURCH FORSAKEN BY JOHNATHAN BROOKS

Jonathan’s book Church Forsaken, “challenges local churches to rediscover that loving our neighbors means loving our neighborhoods. Unpacking the themes of Jeremiah 29, he shows how Christians can be fully present in local communities, building homes and planting gardens for the common good. His holistic vision and practical work offers good news for forgotten people and places. And community stakeholders and civic leaders will rediscover that churches are viable partners in community transformation in ways that they may never have considered.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO STUDENT JOHN NETHERLY FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Current MA-UL student is the recipient of Dominican University’s Young Father Mazzuchelli Award, honoring an alumnus “who has made significant contributions to the profession and their community by being a risk taker, demonstrating intellectual curiosity, [showing] respect for diverse cultures, having a strong sense of purpose, and being a visionary leader.”

JOIN US FOR A MEMORABLE WEEK OF COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES JUNE 7-9

Brady Lecture with Soong-Chan Rah
June 7-8, 2018
Lisle Center

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Spring Convocation
June 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Lisle Center

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2018 Commencement
June 9,2018 at 10:00 am
Christ Church of Oak Brook


 Sincerely,

William D. Shiell
President, Northern Seminary

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