What is Midrash & a Meal

Beginning in September you are invited to join your graduate colleagues from Central Baptist Theological Seminary for lunch and a hearty discussion.  Four times in the coming year one of our esteemed seminary staff will provide a book to read and then gather with us to discuss that book together.  You are invited to read the selected text, agree, disagree, pontificate, wonder, question, expound, interact, listen, or celebrate what you have learned.

The goal of this Midrash is simply to keep our minds sharp, continue to be learners, and allow our iron to sharpen iron.  Our seminary staff has graciously volunteered to convene our discussion, provide some opening comments, and bring their insights into our discussion.  Each of us comes to the discussion with a diverse wealth of lived experiences and theological insights.  Those along with a freshly read text will provide some insightful discussion with our CBTS graduate cohorts and select seminary staff.

Our first Midrash & a Meal will be in the library on Central’s Shawnee Campus on September 20, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. and will be convened by Dr. Molly T. Marshall.  We will be discussing Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, by Ross Douthat, the provocative columnist for The New York Times.You can purchase the book online or at Cokesbury.  If you need help to cover the cost, please contact Derek Varney, President of the Alumni/ae Association at pastorderekv@comcast.net.

Lunch will be provided.

Here’s the schedule for the coming year:

    Date                                   Convener                                Place

September 20                     Molly T. Marshall                CBTS, Shawnee Campus

January 24                             Tarris D. Rosell                   KU Medical Center

April 18                                    TBA                                              TBA

July 11                                      TBA                                              TBA

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My Experience:

Carolyn Dugan


I started with Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010 as a student in the MDiv program. I wasn’t sure then and I am still not sure now what God has planned for me. I have been transitioning from a career in science to a calling in ministry and the experiences, classes and personal relationships I have been a part of with CBTS have helped me in my Camping Ministry with ABC of WI as well as my work in my church as CE Director. I also commute an hour and a half one way to classes each weekend and I have been the recipient of some wonderful hospitality from fellow students. We truly are a community. I am excited to see what is in store and I know I have a great support team!

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