Advanced Degrees

June 10-28, 2019

The Advanced Degrees Program at the School of Theology is a summer program designed to increase professional knowledge in the practice of ministry for clergy. Classes build the relationship between the practice of ministry and biblical, historical, and theological studies by combining learning in community with a cycle of daily prayer and worship in the Anglican tradition. Please see the current catalog for degree details.

2019 Summer Courses

Additional information on the 2019 summer courses will be available shortly.


The Rev. Martin L. Smith: The Pastor and Spiritual Formation: Resources from the Craft of Spiritual Direction

In this course, we will identify the skills and practices that constitute the art of spiritual direction and explore ways in which they can be used to bring focus, intentionality, and depth to a wide range of pastoral conversations. We will also explore the related pastoral skills that can intensify the effectiveness of common spiritual formation tools such as retreats and workshops.

Martin L. Smith is a priest of The Episcopal Church with four decades of experience teaching spiritual formation in courses, workshops and retreats.


The Rev. Canon Lizette Larson-Miller, Ph.D.: Rites with the Sick, the Dying, and the Dead

This class explores Christian liturgical rites surrounding care of the sick, the dying, and funerals from historical, theological, and ritual perspectives. After surveying the historical development of each of the ritual trajectories, we will turn to a comparative ecumenical study of current liturgical traditions as well as specifically Anglican developments. Contemporary issues of inculturation and interplay between the health professions, pastoral care, ethics, and spirituality will also be entertained.

Larson-Miller is a priest of The Episcopal Church and Huron-Lawson Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology at Huron University College, London, Ontario.


The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Th.D.: Liturgical Time

A seminar on the history, theology, and pastoral practice of the church’s articulation of sacred time. The rhythms of day and week, season and year, paschal pattern and sanctoral cycle, will be examined from the standpoint of their origins and development, theological content, and best practices for ritual enactment in parish life.

Alexander is vice president and dean of the School of Theology, professor of Liturgy, and the Charles Todd Quintard Professor of Theology


The Rev. David Stark: Preaching the Old Testament

This course will examine the challenges and opportunities of preaching the Old Testament. We will pay special attention to the ways genre, historical-critical method, theological construals of good news, and liturgical setting(s) impact the proclamation of an Old Testament text—and are, themselves, impacted by power and privilege. Students will engage in seminar discussion of course readings, examine biblical texts, analyze exemplary sermons, and preach their own new sermon from an Old Testament passage.

Stark is the instructor in homiletics at the School of Theology. He is a Th.D. candidate at Duke University in Homiletics and Old Testament and an ordained Elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.


The Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. King and The Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain: Contemporary Anglican Theologians

Long overshadowed by the disciplines of biblical, historical, and liturgical studies, in the late 1980s / early 1990s doctrinal, constructive, and systematic theology in the Anglican tradition experienced an impressive renaissance that continues to this day. While many theologians around the Communion contributed to this development, the class will have an Anglo-American focus. With the preacher and pastor in mind, this class will twin book-length works with various occasional pieces (sermons, essays) that represent various aspects of contemporary Anglican theology.

King is associate professor of Church history and MacSwain is associate professor of theology at the School of Theology


Dr. Andrew Thompson and Dr. Sheri Kling: Opening the Book of Nature

This course combines academic study of eco-theology and environmental ethics with experiential learning and contemplative practice to study the intimate connections between Christian faith and environmental concerns. Topics include environmental justice, eco-feminism and eco-womanism, process theology, and mysticism. In addition to classroom discussions, the class will visit locations on Sewanee's unique 13,000-acre domain to engage in close observation and contemplation of the natural world.

Dr. Kling is executive director of the Beecken Center. Dr. Thompson is visiting assistant professor of theological ethics and assistant director of the Center for Religion and Environment at Sewanee.

ADP 2018 Schedule

(The 2019 schedule will be published in spring 2019.)

January 15 — Students planning to graduate in May submit first draft of D.Min. project/STM thesis to advisor and second reader. 

February — Students planning to graduate in May submit Petition to Graduate.

March 1—Students begin submitting Housing and Meal Plan forms (deadline June 4).

April 6 — One final copy of project/thesis, including the $20 library binding fee, must be received for student to graduate in May.

April 9 — Applications to the program and financial aid forms are due from those who wish to be considered for financial aid for the current year.

April 13 — Registration for ADP classes begins. Most students will register for two courses.

May 1 — Deadline for students not seeking financial aid to submit applications to enter the program for the current year.

May 18 — Deadline for competed registration.

June 11 — Opening Day: orientation is at 3 p.m.; opening Eucharist is at 4:30 p.m. CST.

June 12 — Classes begin and daily lunch in refectory.

June 29 — Last day of classes.

Sept. 1 — All papers and assignments due.

Nov. 1 — Grades will be emailed to students.


Useful Links (for students enrolled in ADP)

2018 ADP Class Schedule

2018 Financial Aid Form (Sorry, but this form is no longer accepting submissions. Please call 931.598.1340 if you have questions.)

Doctor of Ministry: Instructions for Completion of the Project

Doctor of Ministry Project: Proposal Guidelines and Process‌

Master of Sacred Theology: Thesis Proposal Guidelines and Process‌

Master of Sacred Theology: Instructions for Completion of the Thesis

The petition to graduate may be downloaded here.

Request for Housing and Meal Plan

Would you like to learn more? You may send an email to our admission counselor at to receive additional information.