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….
On July 17, Trustees Linda Jaramillo and Don Hill visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, as part of the Commission’s work (Linda is also a member of the CSD). Read their reflections below to learn how their visit informed their thinking about how PSR might nurture a culture of innovation.
Here’s a fascinating report from CSD member Nicole Naffaa who attended the recent Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina. Nicole offers some provocative and tantalizing reflections on what Wild Goose might mean for where we see PSR going in the future.
“Our Kind of People”
When I first saw the announcement for the Wild Goose Festival – a festival about justice, spirituality, music and art – I remember thinking to myself, Continue reading