By Robin Sandbothe, Director of Seminary Relations
On September 1, 2017, Ethan Bunce was appointed as a Fellow for the Urban Missional Institute of Central Seminary. Ethan is a student at the seminary. He is currently working on his Master’s of Divinity with hopes of pursuing a Doctorate in Hebrew Bible in the future.
Ethan expressed enthusiasm for the appointment:
I feel blessed. Blessed to be a part of this team that is going to have a hand in helping to raise awareness, understanding, and compassion for the urban world that is all around us. From the age of 16, when I first read Shane Claiborne’s Irresistible Revolution, I knew that I had to give my life to something bigger than me. Getting to assist Dr. Carter in this venture feels like I am actually taking steps in that direction. I am thrilled, honored, and humbled by this opportunity.
Central’s Urban Missional Institute (UMI) seeks to foster opportunities for dialogue, research, and strategic planning between advocates, students, and scholars who seek to make positive economic and spiritual impacts in their communities in the fields of urbanism and social engagement. Central Seminary is hosting the inaugural biennial Urban Missional Institute Symposium on October 20, 2017, on the seminary’s Shawnee, Kansas, campus. The symposium will serve as a platform for people to engage in dialogue around the ideas of faith, urbanism, and social engagement through the theme “Connecting Faith and the City for Good.”
As a Fellow for the UMI, is helping to manage many of the logistics for the event and will be helping edit a book the UMI is producing as a follow-up to the Symposium.
Ethan has served in different churches in youth ministry, young adult ministry, and worship arts. He has worked the past two summers with Passport Camps Inc. helping students through serving projects, evening services, and biblical discussions that extended beyond the classroom.
Dr. Terrell Carter, who co-directs the UMI with Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield II, is excited about the energy Ethan brings to the work:
I am enjoying working closely with Ethan. Because of his humble nature and consistent desire to faithfully live out Christ’s principles among “the least of these,” Ethan has already earned the respect of his peers and faculty. I expect him to make a consistently positive contribution to the life of the Urban Missional Institute and Central Seminary.
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