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A summation report for the Lexington Seminar project.
Describes the purpose and process of The Lexington Seminar as well as the rationale for and general structure of Practical Wisdom.
Introduces the major themes examined throughout Practical Wisdom.
Discusses the need for seminary faculty to refocus on the larger purpose of their role as teachers.
Addresses the importance of formation, not only for students but for faculty also.
Addresses two realities that bring stress into the lives of seminary faculty: lack of time and lack of money.
Presents an ethnographic study of one faculty's attempt to address issues of community and purpose.
Presents readers with the model of incarnational theology to help them perceive a more effective way of understanding the relationship between seminaries and their growing number of part-time, culturally diverse students.
Describes two historical trends — the evolution of the current university model and the cycles of spiritual revivals or awakenings of the past 200 years — that have influenced seminaries' sense of identity.
Asserts the importance of maintaining theological standards as seminaries adapt to change. Using cogent biblical exegesis, the chapter demonstrates that students' reliance on their personal experience predisposes them to a leadership role based on superiority that is contrary to the more humble leadership role affirmed in the New Testament — the leader as servant.
Considers current conditions from a postmodern perspective, highlighting specifically the growing importance of ethnic minorities, the drift from denominational traditions toward independent churches and movements, and the effect these conditions have on seminaries' preparation of ministers.
Examines teaching skills by reviewing the literature on intellectual development, learning styles, and the physiology of learning. It then discusses some of the most powerful methodologies for encouraging formative learning.
Walks the reader through the entire process of developing a course syllabus.
Challenges faculty to come to terms with technology in and out of the classroom. It demonstrates ways in which technology calls for a new approach to teaching and learning and disputes the assertion that the traditional classroom setting provides students with the best opportunities for meaningful interaction with the teacher and each other.
Uses the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer to show how our understanding of prejudice and misunderstanding can be redefined to help us engage more successfully with diversity in modern seminary life.
Addresses not just the value of assessment but the necessity of assessment for any seminary that wants to grow and improve.
The Alban Institute
"We believe that congregations must constantly discern ways to lead and to strengthen their fundamental ministerial and organizational skills and to nurture their spirituality." - The Alban Institute Statement of Belief
American Religion Data Archive
The Association of Theological Schools
The Association of Theological Schools is a membership organization of graduate schools in the United States and Canada that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines.
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
An interdisciplinary study and ministry center dedicated to both understanding and revitalizing the practice of Christian worship.
Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary
The Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education is the research institute of Auburn Theological Seminary. The Auburn Center carries out sustained, in depth study of major issues in theological education to assist decision-makers in theological schools, denominations, and other settings as they make critical decisions about training future religious leadership. The Auburn Center serves Roman Catholic, evangelical and mainstream Protestant, and Jewish constituencies.
Faith Communities Today
This study is intended to provide a public profile of the heart and soul of religion in America - local congregations - at the beginning of a new millennium.
The Fund for Theological Education
Begun in 1954 with the goal of supporting excellence in the profession of ministry, the Fund for Theological Education has enjoyed a long and rich history, providing gifted women and men with nearly 5000 fellowships and generating innovative new programs for theological and ministerial support.
Hartford Institute for Religion Research
Hartford Seminary's Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning.
The Louisville Institute
The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment program for the study of American religion based at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might stimulate and inform the other.
The Material History of American Religion Project
Working from 1995 through 2001, the Material History of American Religion Project studied the history of American religion in all its complexity by focusing on material objects and economic themes.
National Study of Youth & Religion: A Collection of Research Resources
This project is designed to enhance our understanding of the religious lives of American adolescents and will include a national telephone survey of youth and their parents, as well as in-depth interviews with a sub-sample of these youth.
Practicing our Faith
A project whose purpose is to develop resources to help contemporary people live the Christian faith with vitality and integrity in changing times. The Project is ecumenical in orientation and appreciative of the legacies of a range of Christian traditions. We sponsor grant programs, seminars, books, conferences and web sites for adults and youth.
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY, hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, is the only national TV newsmagazine program devoted entirely to the news of religion and spirituality, and major ethical issues.
Resources for American Christianity
This web site seeks to assist leaders and participants in Christian communities, scholars and other interested publics in better understanding the impact, trends and trajectories of Christianity in American society.
Transforming Christian Leaders
Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology
The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion seeks to strengthen and enhance education in North American theological schools, colleges and universities.