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                             “An Answer to a Prayer”
              Episcopal Divinity School’s Distributive Learning Option

January 27, 2009, Cambridge, MA – “EDS was an answer to a prayer,” shares
distributive learning MDiv student Booth Towry-Iburg of Florida. Three years ago,
Towry-Iburg, a physical therapist, felt called to seminary and began to research schools.
“When I started looking at seminaries, what I found was that I was going to have to quit
my job,” shared Towry-Iburg. “A member of my church told me about EDS’ new
distributive learning option; it gave me an opportunity to work full time and be engaged
with school. It has just been the perfect thing for me.”

Towry-Iburg’s story is a familiar one for Episcopal Divinity School admissions director,
Chris Medeiros. He recalls, “Traveling across the country, I meet many potential students
who feel called to theological education, and who are frustrated that their family and
work commitments make it impossible for them to relocate for three years to attend a
traditional, residential seminary program.”

EDS’ distributive learning option for masters degree students, was developed to fill this
need. Applications are now being accepted for the third cohort group which begins in
June 2009. Students, who may earn either a master of divinity or master of arts in
theological education degree, spend two weeks in both June and January taking intensive
courses on the EDS campus. During this time, students are immersed in the life of the
seminary, participating in small-group formation, worshipping, eating, and living with the
resident EDS community.

“The curriculum for distributive learning students includes online versions of existing
EDS courses, weekend courses, and intensive courses offered during January and June
including our required foundations and program conference courses,” explained

As with all EDS degree programs, formation for ministry, whether lay or ordained, is an
intentional focus throughout the distributive learning option. Students and faculty stay
connected throughout the year, through required online cohort group meetings, as well as
opportunities to participate in special lectures, worship, and community meetings using
live webcast technology. Students also use connections and resources in their home
churches, dioceses, or ministries to weave those ministries with seminary resources to
enrich the integration of the educational experience.

The application deadline for the June 2009 cohort is March 6, 2009. Students interested
in a distributive learning masters’ degree should have a bachelor’s degree from an
accredited college or university, basic computer skills, and regular access to the Internet.
(A list of suggested hardware and software is provided to prospective students and is
listed on the EDS website.)

For more information on any of EDS’ academic degrees, please contact the Admissions
Office at admissions@eds.edu, 617.682.1507, or visit the website at www.eds.edu and
click on Admissions.

Episcopal Divinity School is a respected center of study and spiritual formation for lay
and ordained leaders with a strong commitment to justice, compassion, and
reconciliation. EDS, formed in 1974 with the merger of Philadelphia Divinity School
(founded in 1857) and the Episcopal Theological School (founded in 1867), offers doctor
of ministry and master’s degrees, as well as certificates in theological studies. Located on
an eight-acre campus just a few blocks from Harvard Yard, EDS is a member of the
Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of eight eminent theological schools,
seminaries, and departments of religion.


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