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LeeLee Hinson-Hasty is coordinator for theological education and seminary relations in the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the PC (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.

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March 12, 2014

Midwifing What’s Next in Theological Education Together

 wonder, if midwifery as a metaphor frames what we are doing together as a the Committee on Theological Education, TEF Seminary Support Network, community in theological education in the PC(USA), and the PC(USA) more broadly?  Could we midwife theological schools, theological educators, church leaders and church bodies who are giving birth to what’s next in theological education and the church?

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December 30, 2013

Accounting for Hope

I welcome and thank Edwin David Aponte, Dean of the Faculty, and Professor of Christianity and Culture at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN as a guest blogger in an Advent series answering the question, What is coming and becoming in theological education?Read this post for more about this series.

When I told someone that I was asked to reflect on the future of theological education, I was asked, “Is there a future for theological education?” That is a reasonable question given that theological education in the United States is at a crossroads of relevancy and effectiveness to church and society. 

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December 27, 2013

Back to the Future: A Sankofa Moment

I welcome and thank Paul Roberts, president-dean of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary as a guest blogger in an Advent series answering the question, What is coming and becoming in theological education?Read this post for more about this series.

17 If you say to yourself, “These nations are more numerous than I; how can I dispossess them?” 18 do not be afraid of them. Just remember what the Lord your God did to 

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December 23, 2013

Preparation for Ministry Without A Safety Net

I welcome and thank Kathy Wolf Reed, Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and  the chairperson of the the Committee on Theological Education as a guest blogger in an Advent series answering the question, What is coming and becoming in theological education?Read this post for more about this series.

Week after week as I serve Christ’s church, I see theological education from some varied venues.  As a pastor I see theological education playing out in Sunday school rooms and Bible studies, members of our church giving up free evenings to study Scripture together and vacation time to attend continuing education events.  As a member of my seminary’s alumni council I am twice a year invited to come see what God is doing on the campus whose halls I once roamed – now complete with technological innovations I could not have imagined possible that first summer as I sat in the hallway on my laptop straining to find just the right spot where I could connect to the unreliable wifi.  

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December 20, 2013

What Mandela and Pastors Have In Common

I welcome and thank Laura Mariko Cheifetz, Executive Director of Church & Public Relations at the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation as a guest blogger in an Advent series answering the question, What is coming and becoming in theological education?  This blog is her reflections on a conversation she had with me recently. Read this post for more about this series.

 

“‘People are rejecting leaders who rule by the formal authority of their position and command by hierarchical power,’ said Seidman, but ‘they are craving genuine leadership — leaders who lead by their moral authority to inspire, to elevate others and to enlist us in a shared journey.’”

Thomas Friedman, December 10, 2013, “Why Mandela Was Unique”

Some say there is no future in theological education. 

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December 16, 2013

Three Observations on the Advent of Theological Education

I welcome and thank Jonathan Strandjord, director of seminaries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a guest blogger in an Advent series answering the question, What is coming and becoming in theological education? Read this post for more about this series.

Observation #1: Theological Education of Public Leaders is Becoming More Plural in its Forms and at the Same Time More Connected in its Development and Execution

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December 13, 2013

Engaging & Changing the World

I welcome and thank Susan Fox, director of Supervised Ministry and Vocational Planning at Union Presbyterian Seminary as a guest blogger in an Advent series answering the question, What is coming and becoming in theological education?Read this post for more about this series.

The Huffington Post recently published an article by Wayne Meisel, a Presbyterian minister whose many hats include working with the Faith3 initiative. This programis designed to support and resource the Church in its efforts to share the gospel with young adults in ways that significantly impact their lives. The title of the Post article,“Seminaries that Change the World. 

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December 11, 2013

Advent of Doctor of Ministry Programs

I welcome and thank Jeff Japinga, director of doctor of ministry programs at McCormick Theological Seminary  as a guest blogger in an Advent series answering the question, What is coming and becoming in theological education?Read this post for more about this series.

We've all heard the tales of woe about the declining place and role of the church in the West. The statistics are real, the reality at times staggering. Gather with clergy, and at some point, the talk inevitably turns to survival.

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December 6, 2013

Tearing Down the Walls

I welcome and thank Ellie Roscher, editor of Keeping the Faith in Seminary writer at ellieroscher.com  as a guest blogger in an Advent series answering the question, What is coming and becoming in theological education?Read this post for more about this series.

A former student of mine works for an e-commerce start up company whose office is in an old church in Minneapolis. He shares the church office space with his co-workers, a priest who got into real estate to make ends meet and a man who started a grain-based veggie burger business. The church started renting its space out during the week to small businesses for the financial benefit of everyone. This worship space/business office collaboration makes sense. Being some of the biggest community spaces in the neighborhood, churches can engage in a ministry of shared space. Sharing becomes not only a creative, mutually symbiotic idea, but in some cases a financial necessity. Boundaries that used to separate church and life are blurring.

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August 28, 2013

Commemorating MLK Jr.’s “Dream”

Brian Blount, president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, was seven years old when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered what has come to be known as his “I Have a Dream” speech fifty years ago this week. Blount described it as “almost biblical in its proportions.” I tend to agree.  As the parent of a seven year old myself, I continue to meditate on the speech and the dream.  When I hear MLK’ Jr.’s speech my mind pictures Earnest Covington. 

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August 16, 2013

The Community’s Bread

My daughter learned the words of institution for Communion by heart by the time she was three years old because our congregation sang them. Her tea parties as a preschooler often began with her giving thanks and then offering a cup saying, “Take a drink and remember me.”

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October 2, 2012

Crown Jewel

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?  

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September 24, 2012

Bold Moves in Theological Education

Earlier this month my friend and colleague, Stephen Lewis, President of the Fund for Theological Education (FTE), announced that the vast majority of FTE's generous fellowships are under review during a strategic planning process of the board and staff.  For almost six decades FTE has cultivated new generations of diverse leaders in the church and the theological academy, but now is a time to step back before stepping forward.

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July 14, 2011

A New Generation of Amazing PCUSA Candidates for Ministry!

How can we connect a new generation of gifted seminary graduates we believe God is calling to serve with visionary and faithful Christian ministries?  The Committee on Theological Education encourages the PC(USA) to ask: "Why not?"

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