The Ministry of Writing -- An Annual Colloquium

"The Ministry of Writing" colloquium was endowed by individuals in honor of Tom Mullen at the time of his retirement as Dean of Earlham School of Religion in 1990. Tom retired from ESR in 1997 and passed away June 19, 2009. His "Writing for the Religious Market" class, first offered over 20 years ago, was the beginning of ESR's unique emphasis in the ministry of writing. This colloquium is one way the school demonstrates its commitment to the written word as an important form of ministry.

Previous keynote speakers for the Colloquium have been:

  • 1992—William Zinsser
  • 1993—Sam Keen
  • 1994—Keith Miller
  • 1995—Walter Wangerin
  • 1996—Madeleine L'Engle
  • 1997—James M. Wall
  • 1998—Noel Paul Stookey
  • 1999—Will D. Campbell
  • 2000—Donna Jo Napoli
  • 2001—Elizabeth Cox
  • 2002—Phil Gulley
  • 2003—Scott Russell Sanders
  • 2004—Li-Young Lee
  • 2005—Diane Glancy & Lauren Winner
  • 2006—Elizabeth Dewberry & Robert Olen Butler
  • 2007—Haven Kimmel
  • 2008—Robert Wicks
  • 2009—Julia Kasdorf
  • 2010—Carrie Newcomer
  • 2011—Scott Cairns
  • 2012—Sharman Apt Russell
  • 2013—Jana Riess
  • 2014—Fr. John Dear