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IPS Receives Innovative Projects Grant for Contextual Education from the Association of Theological Schools

IPS Receives Innovative Projects Grant for Contextual Education from the Association of Theological Schools

The Association of Theological Schools, has awarded the Institute of Pastoral Studies and Dr. Dan Rhodes with an innovative projects grant to aid in a new approach to Contextual Education. This project will form equipped leaders to serve the church and society in the twenty-first century and will pioneer a model of theological education based […]

IPS Receives Formation Grant from the Association of Theological Schools

IPS Receives Formation Grant from the Association of Theological Schools

The Association of Theological Schools, has awarded the Institute of Pastoral Studies a formation grant to aid in a major initiative to “develop and implement an innovative and nationally-recognized integrated formation program for students and faculty that includes intercultural competency” – which will fulfill part of IPS’ strategic plan.

The goal of the formation program […]

A Conversation with President Obama by IPS Student, Ramona Gant

A Conversation with President Obama by IPS Student, Ramona Gant

On Monday, April 24th Loyola’s Institute for Pastoral Studies invited me to hear former President Barack Hussein Obama speak at the University of Chicago. It would be his first public appearance and speech post-presidency, and he decided that it would be with young future leaders from different academic institutions. In 2008, I voted for […]

No Room at the Inn: A Bold Response to Street Homelessness Home and Abroad

No Room at the Inn: A Bold Response to Street Homelessness Home and Abroad

     
On April 6, 2017, The Institute of Pastoral Studies and Alumni Relations cosponsored a panel discussion event to discuss homelessness at the international, national and local levels. The panel of distinguished guests was made up of: Mark McGreevey from the Institute of Global Homelessness, Dr. Nonie Brennen, the CEO of All Chicago, Making […]

IPS Student Spotlight Series: Reflections on Being an IPS Student

IPS Student Spotlight Series: Reflections on Being an IPS Student

This series of blog posts will feature six IPS students. Read their thoughts on their degree programs, why they chose IPS, and what they hope to do after IPS.

   Ramona N. Gant
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling/ Master of Divinity

Hometown: Chicago, IL

I came to IPS after being enrolled in two different graduate programs. […]

Book Announcement: Organizing Church: Grassroots Practices for Embodying Change in Your Congregation, Your Community, and Our World

Book Announcement: Organizing Church: Grassroots Practices for Embodying Change in Your Congregation, Your Community, and Our World

Watch Dr. Daniel Rhodes, IPS faculty member,talk about his recently released book: Organizing Church: Grassroots Practices for Embodying Change in Your Congregation, Your Community, and Our World.

 

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“Lots of people are fed up with ‘organized religion.’ They recognize that religion is too often poorly organized-or well organized around the wrong purposes! Drawing wisdom from the important […]

Solidarity in Action: Unite + Resist

Solidarity in Action: Unite + Resist

Just a few days after the new president was inaugurated, he began making drastic changes in our country. People took to the streets, and the airports, in protest of the measure which banned immigrants  from seven Muslim countries, and Syrian refugees. Though it was denied that this was a  “Muslim ban”, it is hard to […]

This is What Democracy Looks Like

This is What Democracy Looks Like

On January 21, 2017, the day after the new presidential inauguration, people marched in cities all over the country for the largest protest in the history of the United States of America and more joined around the world in organized events with the title of  “Women’s March”.  Students and faculty of Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral […]

Meet Elesha West

Meet Elesha West

Meet Elesha West, she’s a recent grad of Baylor University in Waco,Texas. During her undergraduate career she studied Medical Humanities and Religion. Over the years she has been actively involved in outreach and evangelism ministry in the capacity of running a summer outreach program for the south suburbs of Chicago for six consecutive […]

The Refugee Crisis: Hospitality in The Midst of Global Indifference

The Refugee Crisis: Hospitality in The Midst of Global Indifference

Victor Hugo once wrote that “contemplating shadows is a serious thing.” And to a large degree, I think that’s what this panel is an effort to do, to fix our collective gazes upon marginalized communities who are living at the existential peripheries of an interconnected and interdependent world. That is to say, to […]