Lee Hinson-Hasty is coordinator for theological education and seminary relations in the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Through his work Lee hopes to capture and share a more expansive view of theological education, of church leadership and of vocational discernment as he sees through the eyes of some exciting Presbyterians in and related to seminaries.
The church and the academy each need the other. In the Office of Theological Education we often make this point saying "...for generations to come.... seminaries and churches together" or more recently, "Seminaries and churches together... for generations to come."
The recent opening of Union Presbyterian Seminary's new Charlotte, North Carolina campus on the grounds of Sharon Presbyterian Church makes this case concrete, literally!
Craig Barnes, pastor, preacher, prolific writer and PC(USA) seminary board member and professor has accepted the call to serve as the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary. In his search for home, it is clear to me that he has found one where he will be welcomed with open arms, great feasts and celebrations, and a bright future for the school, the church, and his ministry as a leader.
Cooperation and partnership with the PC(USA) and among the schools is alive and well. Numerous seminary staff groups meet regularly and collaborate often. They work on projects together that are serving the church better and leading in the academy.
So I wonder when we talk about our Presbyterian Seminaries as “crown jewels” of the PC(USA), if we could consider them in the singular?