EPISCOPAL DIVINITY SCHOOL Contact: Nancy Davidge 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 01238 617.682.1502 www.eds.edu email@example.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “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 Medeiros. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. ##### UNSUBSCRIBE INFORMATION: To unsubscribe from this Episcopal Divinity School subscription list, simply send an e-mail to email@example.com and include the word "unsubscribe." All unsubscribe requests are promptly processed.