This is a project of Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation, offering a new two-year certificate program.
PSR Trustee Lynne Hinton attended an event in Albuquerque designed to introduce people to this new program; more than 1,000 people paid to hear about it. Apparently the first class is already fully enrolled.
This is a two year hybrid program, with on-site and on-line sessions. Students are required to attend on-site sessions, i.e. to complete the program, students must commit to the on-site component as well as the online segments. The website notes that the Rohr Institute might offer on-line classes to the general public (not for a certificate) in the future.
By Mary Donovan Turner, Carl Patton Professor of Preaching at PSR
A classic definition of theological education comes from H. Richard Neibuhr’s The Purpose of the Church and Its Ministry: A Provocative Interpretation of the American Church and Its Purpose and a Rethinking of the Aims of Theological Education written in 1956. He states that the purpose of the church, and thus the intellectual activity that undergirds it, can only have “the glory of God and the welfare of companions as its ends.” In many ways over the past week we observed on learning journeys how different seminaries use different kinds of language and different curriculum to invite students to engage the welfare of those who share the earth with them. As we think about the theological foundation for our work together, direction statements and core values, and as we search for the language that is right for our own context, interests and theological persuasions, I offer this list of words and phrases that surfaced in our conversations in Seattle and the South Bay….