Overview

The Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute, housed at Payne Theological Seminary, promotes the exploration of ecumenical religious thought, study, and practice in an Afrocentric theological setting. The Institute’s programs include an annual ecumenical lecture, Seminary ecumenical consciousness and awareness building through courses that emphasize ecumenical thought, a post-graduate ecumenical fellowship in Bossey, Switzerland, and graduate and post graduate domestic ecumenical exchanges.

Mission

The Anderson Ecumenical Institute at Payne Theological Seminary fosters ecumenical cooperation among students at Payne and urges ecumenical cooperation among Christians and the interfaith community, emphasizing inclusivity and respect for diversity. The Institute promotes programs of education, advocacy and service that address critically important social needs and offers opportunity for the Church to witness through common faith expressions developed from the ministry of Jesus Christ.

About Bishop Anderson

Biography

Bishop Vinton R. Anderson, elected to the episcopacy in 1972, was a distinguished pastor, writer, ecumenist, liturgist and leader in African Methodism and throughout the world.

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Bishop Anderson, elected to the episcopacy in 1972, was a distinguished pastor, writer, ecumenist, liturgist and leader in African Methodism and throughout the world. An elected and consecrated African Methodist Episcopal Bishop, Anderson was actively involved in ecumenical affairs, serving as President of the World Council of Churches from 1991-1998, leading over 560 million members and 330 denominations in interfaith dialogue and collaboration. During his distinguished two decade tenure as Chairman of the Board at Payne, Bishop Anderson was committed to renovating the Mitchell-Anderson Building and at the forefront of the effort to build the Bishop Reverdy Cassius Ransom Memorial Library. His witness for ecumenism in theological education led to the founding of The Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute at Payne in 2011. The Institute promotes programs of education, advocacy, and service that address critically important social needs and offers opportunity for the Church to witness through common faith expressions developed from the ministry of Jesus Christ. Bishop Anderson migrated from Bermuda where he was born in Somerset, on July 11, 1927 to the United States in 1947 at twenty years old to attend Wilberforce University where he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts with Honors. Anderson strengthened his religious knowledge as he gained his Masters of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary in 1952.

SIGNATURE PROGRAMS

Mass Incarceration Workshop

Symposium on mass incarceration, prison reform and re-entry.

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MASS INCARCERATION FLYER1

SAVE THE DATE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 20, 2016
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion

Panelists:
Mr. Damian Calvert
Research Associate, Case Western Reserve
University Social Justice Institute, Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Mike Davis
Bureau Chief Office of Reentry and Enterprise
Development, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Columbus, Ohio

Min. Raymond E. Greene, Jr.
Founder, My Brother’s Keeper NEO, Akron, Ohio

Dr. Harold Dean Trulear
National Director, Healing Communities USA
Associate Professor of Applied Theology
Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, D.C.

Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith
Sr. Associate for Pan African Church Engagement
Bread for the World, Washington, D.C.

5:00 p.m.
Break, light refreshments, networking

6:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:
Mr. Glenn E. Martin,
JustLeadershipUSA

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Purpose: The Anderson Ecumenical Institute recognizes that mass incarceration is a critical issue that all congregations face and seeks to identify promising and proven practices to address the issue within the ministry context and beyond. The workshop’s goal is to develop an ecumenical experience that highlights the critical issue of mass incarceration. Strategies that have been deployed by clergy across the country to effectively address the issue will be shared. Model programs identified and lessons learned will be captured and widely disseminated in the Anderson Ecumenical Institute community and AME Church connection.

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Ecumenical Voice

Develop a unified Christian voice as part of the curriculum, campus, and community life.

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The Anderson Ecumenical Institute seeks to develop a
unified Christian voice that participates in public discussion. Working together with the Payne faculty, the Institute ensures the ecumenical voice is a part of the curriculum, campus, and community life of the Seminary. The Anderson Ecumenical Institute creates an environment for people of all faith traditions to explore Africentric theological studies in an academically rigorous, degree-oriented setting. The driving force of the
Institute is the desire to link African American thought and work in ecumenism to the social realities adversely affecting world populations.
Through its curriculum, Payne Theological Seminary strives to be an instrument for the further development of scholarship in Black Ecumenism
by practicing a pedagogy that privileged voices previously relegated to the margins of traditional theological studies. This well-reasoned, contextual
approach to thinking theologically and contextually contributes to the growing research and work resources that advocate liberation, reconciliation, social justice, and peace as cornerstones for constructing
strategies that enhance the 21st century church’s commitment to the life of the gospel.

Ecumenical Lecture

The institute promotes cooperation in the interfaith community during annual lectures.

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Payne Theological Seminary coordinates an annual ecumenical lecture that features a prominent ecumenical expert. This lecture provides insights in the current ecumenical vision and the challenges that the ecumenical
movement faces. It offers a clear and balanced view of the ecumenical landscape in relation to the relevant and pertinent issues and demands that
are faced by the body of Christ. It offers students an important opportunity for formation through the development of their awareness and competencies in engaging the ecumenical issues of the day that they encounter in their lives and work.

Bossey Fellowship

Ecumenical learning and formation, academic study and personal exchange.

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The faculty of Payne Theological Seminary selects an alumnus of the
seminary to study at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Switzerland for
ecumenical learning and formation, academic study and personal exchange.
The Bossey fellowship is an opportunity for the candidate to explore the
historical, ethical, missiological, hermeneutical and theological tenets of the
ecumenical enterprise and to shape and clarify their own thinking and selfunderstanding
in these areas. The Bossey fellowship offers broad exposure
to various traditions within the Christian faith, thus emphasizing the reality of
diversity while at the same time encouraging a balanced appreciation of
one’s own identity.

Mass Incarceration Solution ToolkitS

Contact Us

Anderson Ecumenical Institute

(937) 376-2946
info@payne.edu