This Weekend! WTC Student Board Annual Potomac Watershed Clean Up & Spring Social Event

The WTC Student Board invites you to join us as we help take care of God’s good creation during the 2012 Potomac River Watershed Cleanup at Anacostia Park in SE Washington, D.C. on Saturday April 14, 2012 from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  Immediately following the cleanup, the Student Board will be sponsoring a picnic in the park.  This is the perfect time for you to fellowship with other seminarians, faculty, staff, and friends before the end of the semester.  All are welcome to either event.  Directions to the park may be found at  For further information, please contact Amy Feira at, Cleon Huff at, any WTC Student Board Rep, or visit

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Last Call for the 2012 Student Essay Contest: Deadline Friday, March 30th

Greetings Fellow Consortium Students!

As we near the middle of March submissions to the Seventh Annual Ecumenical Essay Contest sponsored by the Consortium Student Board in partnership with the Ecumenism Committee of the Washington Theological Consortium are drawing to a close.  So we encourage all students from our member institutions to submit.

This contest is a great way to cultivate academic research and to further Christian ecumenical discussion. The following link includes the names and papers of previous Ecumenical Essay Winners: contest winners all.htm

The winners of this contest will be awarded $125.00 and their essays will be published in Eastern Churches Journal. Winners will receive their awards during the Friends of the Consortium Reception.

All entries must strictly focus on a topic of a Christian ecumenical nature. There are two potential ecumenical aspects/topics for this year’s contest:

1) “Academic or Theoretical Focus on Ecumenism”

2) “Ecumenical Models or Implementation Strategy”

As always, the essays will be judged by Consortium faculty members for both quality of scholarship and ecumenical contribution.

The deadline for this year’s contest is 30 March 2012. To enter, three separate documents formatted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats must be sent to the following email address with “Essay Contest” in the subject heading: The three documents are as follows:

1. The paper (2,500-7,500 words in length, with author identification information removed).

2. A 300-500 word summary (with author identification information removed).

3. Author contact information

Any further questions please contact the office of the Washington Theological Consortium or your student board rep or see the flyer below.

May God Bless your submissions as we ever strive to fulfill our Lord Jesus Christ’s prayer “That they may all be one..” John 17:21

2012 Essay Contest flyer

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 is here!

Greetings and Happy New Year Fellow Consortium Students! Today marks the start of the octave of the Prayer for Christian Unity 2012. The theme this year is “We Will All Be Changed by
the Victory of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” from St. Paul in I Corinthians 15:51- 58. This week in a very special way let unite our daily prayers, joys, sufferings, work and study to Jesus Christ the head of our mystical body, His church. There are many events and prayer services this week through out Washington, D.C. and Dr. Larry Goleman, director of the WTC has compiled them in an excellent blog post found here:

We Will All Be Changed by the Victory of Our Lord Jesus Christ. (cf. I Corinthians 15:51- 58)

Also, mark your calendar as

The Washington Theological Consortium and the Consortium Student Board
invites you to the
Prayer Service for Christian Unity Consortium Ecumenism Award and The Fourth Annual Figel Address
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
5:30 p.m.
Washington Theological Union 6896 Laurel Street NW Washington, DC 20012
This year’s award recipient will is The Ecumenism Award will be presented to
Dr. Margaret O’Gara
Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michaels’ College, Toronto

for more info and to RSVP here is the flyer:

We will have another post this week as well with more details on this event!

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Mon. November 21st! The WTC Student 2011 Fall Social Event: The Communion of Saints: The Living and the Dead.

The Washington Theological Consortium Students Present:

The Communion of Saints: The Living and The Dead

"For All Thy Saints!"

join us for a lively discussion about our connection to the departed with Dominican friar Fr. John Corbett O.P.

Monday, November 21                                                                                                                      at the 1823 Cafe located on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary                     Doors: 7:00pM Talk 7:30PM

                                    *The talk and discussion will be followed by a                                    traditional Irish music session hosted by*

The Deserving Poor Boys 

VTS & 1823 Cafe – 3737 Seminary Road Alexandria, VA 22304                                                Phone & Information: 703.370.6600                                                                                         the 1823 Cafe serves food, beer, wine and other beverages, credit cards accepted

admission is free and open to all WTC students, faculty, and public




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Fall 2011 Event Calendar Update


We have updated our calendar of  Washington Theological Consortium Events.  The list reflects the remaining events for the fall, including the WTC student fall social event at VTS on  Monday 11.21.11.  Check them out over on the calendar of events.

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Washington Theological Consortium Students Launch Another Year!

Washington Theological Consortium Students Launch Another Year

The Student Board of the Washington Theological Consortium Schools welcomes all WTC students, faculty and friends to the 2011-2012 academic year. The board is currently finalizing the student events and academic programs information for the year. Stay Tuned!

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The Washington Theological Student Board is proud to have connected, and welcomed to the board delegates from the Student Christian Movement USA (SCM USA). The SCM USA is a national member of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), which is a student‐led, ecumenical, grassroots organization, that actively seeks justice and peace, speaks truth to power, and works to end oppression in communities on local, national, and global levels by empowering students and young people to claim their voice, exercise leadership skills, engage in innovative theological reflection, and build transformational networks of relationship in the Church and the wider world. Many leaders in the SCM USA are currently students in the WTC!

Started in 1895, the WSCF is comprised of 100+ national SCM’s which span the globe. Founded in 1895, WSCF has empowered students and formed ecumenical leaders such as Dietrich Bonhöffer, Steve Biko, Kwame Nkrumah, Willem Visser’t Hooft (First General Secretary of the World Council of Churches), John R. Mott (Nobel Peace Prize 1946), Phillip Potter, and Frère Roger, founder of the Taizé community.

Connection with the WSCF will allow students in the consortium to attend international conferences and be a voice among giants. For example, Cody Nielson was invited to travel to Geneva and be part of the United Nation’s Advocacy Week for his peace interests in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Desiree’ Kameka will be spending two weeks in Kingston, Jamaica as a North American student delegate for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation which is the culminating conference of the ‘Decade to Overcome Violence’ initiative. She will be working with the Ecumenical Disability Advocacy Network and as a journalist for the WSCF.

We are excited to be able to offer students of the WTC an international ecumenical connection and future opportunities!

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Prayer Service for Christian Unity & Figel Address

TheWeek of Prayer for Christian Unity - Graymoor Institute Prayer Service for Christian Unity and Annual Figel Address were held on February 2, 2011 at Howard University Divinity School.  During this service, C.M.E. Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., former president of the National Council of Churches, received the Consortium’s Ecumenism Award and gave his address: “Lessons of a Fanatical Ecumenist.”

In addition, Father John Crossin, Executive Director of the Washington Theological Consortium and Dean Pollard of Howard Divinity School were present, as well as students from across the Consortium.  Refreshments and fellowship time in Howard’s beautiful gallery of Ethiopian art followed the service.

The Order of Service was adapted from the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute: A Ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.

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Spring Fellowship Event: “Kaleidoscope: A Diverse Collection”

For this year’s Spring fellowship event, the WTC Student Board has partnered up with Washington Theological Union’s (WTU) Student Senate to host “Kaleidoscope: A Diverse Collection” on Friday, March 25, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Washington Theological Union (6896 Laurel St., NW, Washington, DC). The night will start with Evening Prayer at 5:30pm, followed by dinner and a concert featuring performances from students and faculty of Consortium member schools. There will also be an art gallery featuring pieces by students from various Consortium schools.

In the past, this event has been an annual tradition at WTU, and we are excited to extend an invitation to all Consortium member institutions. Please RSVP by tomorrow, March 11 to Jessica Dennis at<> or click here to respond to the Facebook event invite: “Kaleidoscope: A Diverse Collection.”

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Welcome to the Washington Theological Consortium Student Blog.  We hope you will find this blog helpful and informative as you pursue your studies within the consortium.  Check back often for event and school-specific information.

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