Lee 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.
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?
Ron Heifetz encourages leaders to get off the dance floor and into the balcony to gain clarity on situations from a broader perspective before re-entering the dance. The VocationCARE process being developed by the Fund for Theological Education talks about the practice of “Creating a space to explore Christian vocation together.” Dorothy C. Bass and others highlight the practice of keeping the Sabbath. I think they are responding to a question you may be asking, why sabbatical matter.