The Henry Center, my employer, is very pleased to make the following announcement (jointly made at the HCTU blog).
From: HCTU Director Doug Sweeney
RE: New Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS
In conjunction with the Jonathan Edwards Center of Yale University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is pleased to announce the formation of a new Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS, effective immediately. This partnership was formalized on the campus of TEDS on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Kenneth P. Minkema, director of the Yale Center, and Douglas A. Sweeney, director of the Trinity Center, both spoke to this groundbreaking development and noted its excellent prospects.
The Center at TEDS is the newest of several satellite Edwards Centers founded by Yale’s Edwards Center in strategic locations around the world. The purpose of these Centers is to promote awareness of and scholarship on Edwards in the academy and also the church. Existing locations include Germany (Tübingen), Poland, South Africa, and Australia (Ridley College). The Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity is, apart from the Yale Center, the only existing such center in North America.
The JEC at Trinity provides a rare opportunity for us to engage the larger world of Edwards studies, and to share the riches of that world with our community. The Center will debut a website near the end of February that will offer our academic and ecclesial communities access to a wide range of Edwards resources. The Center will also feature a designated computer terminal in the library on which students and visiting scholars will be able to access a wealth of resources for the study of Edwards and related figures and movements throughout history. Trinity is the only school in North America, other than Yale, with access to this range of materials.
As Director of the Center, Sweeney is currently planning the further development of its work. In coming weeks, the JEC will announce a program of events. In addition to regular conferencing, the JEC at Trinity will offer two lecture series: “Jonathan Edwards and the Church,” which will feature the best Christian Edwards scholars in the world in conversation with Sweeney and a variety of clergy who are interested in Edwards and his legacies to the church; and “New Directions in Edwards Studies,” which will feature cutting-edge research on Edwards and his influence.
Furthermore, the JEC at TEDS will seek to encourage Trinity students, and other students in the region, to undertake advanced work on Edwards and his legacies around the world. It will provide pastors and scholars with up-to-date web resources for making good on Edwards’ legacy and for staying up on the most important Edwards scholarship.
Those interested in the JEC at TEDS should look for a second announcement in late February that will make public the new website and announce a range of programs. It is with gratefulness to God, and thanks to our friends at Yale, that we announce this unique partnership.
Stay tuned for more on this. I’m excited for this development, and I look forward to sharing more with readers of this blog about this groundbreaking partnership. No other American evangelical institution (or any other institution) enjoys such a partnership in Edwards studies.
As many know, the JEC at Yale is a great work, and it will is exciting to think of how the JEC at TEDS can further the work begun there and bless God’s church through its efforts.
(Photo of Sweeney (L) and Minkema (R) by Jeff Calhoun/TEDS)