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Pentecost: Unusual Allies and the New Faces of Ministry

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Next week is General Assembly. Like many other meetings of this kind, these national gatherings often become public displays of division and discord rather than being a time of affirmation and unity.

Profiles in Ministry: Phillip West, Being Present by Walking the Talk

Wayne Meisel | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Profiles in Ministry is a twelve-part series from the FAITH3 initiative that lifts up courageous, creative leaders who have built innovative ministrie...

Inter-Religious Studies: A Field of Its Own

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 04.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

It was a deeply moving conversation, but felt hardly out of the ordinary to have an Imam, a rabbi and even a Muslim scholar of Holocaust Studies on a panel moderated by a pastor. They seemed at home together -- as did the many who gathered to watch and listen.

Moonlighting Pastors and Postponed Health Care: Record Debt Loads Overwhelming Many Seminary Graduates

David Briggs | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Many women and men pursuing a religious vocation long have been hesitant even to ask this question: Can I afford it? They have been taught to take...

Profiles in Ministry: Jim McCloskey, A Champion for the Wrongly Accused

Wayne Meisel | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Profiles in Ministry is a twelve-part series from the FAITH3 initiative that lifts up courageous, creative leaders who have built innovative ministri...

Eleven Myths About Going to Seminary

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Law school? Don't like to read that much. Business school? Not very good with numbers. I kept coming back to the idea of seminary. I knew that I needed to find a way to sustain my commitment to the service and justice work I had done all of my life.

Seminaries that Change the World: A Growing List of Transitioning Institutions for Transformational Times

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Question: Where do you go to graduate school if you want to change the world? Answer: Yale Law School, Harvard School of Education, Stanford School of Business, the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, Wesley Seminary or Vanderbilt Divinity School.

SERV: From Random Acts of Kindness to Strategic Engagement for Social Justice

Wayne Meisel | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Today, we still hear the call for renewal and commitment. One response is a gathering this weekend of seminary and divinity school students for the SERV Conference.

Know Why You're Here: The Point of Human Existence

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My friend, you did not show up to be a pastor or a lawyer, journalist, or missionary, or a mechanic or server at Waffle House. You are here instead to awaken out of all illusions. The illusions cause the suffering.

Students Cross Country To Share What's Possible Through Seminary Education

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Increasingly, seminaries and divinity schools are connecting the dots between faith and service, and encouraging students to grow as faith leaders who will take on important issues in local and global communities after they graduate. This summer, a group of students are sharing the exciting news.

A Summer Read for Change: 'Cut Dead But Still Alive'

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

A first book is not always notable, but in this case it is. "Cut Dead" isn't a book that came out to meet a tenure requirement. It is a call to action and a blueprint for a response.

A Broken Heart And A Man Named Daniel

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

All of his heroic stories shaped who I am. I never questioned whether or not the miraculous things that occurred in the book of Daniel were really legit. Today, I found out that they were not and sat with my mouth agape and my heart tormented.

Changing Theological Education: Reforming From The Bottom Up

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I have spent the past several years visiting seminaries and divinity schools around the country in an effort to better understand them and find ways to strengthen them. What I have discovered is a contrast of great challenges and powerful hope.

Building A Seminary Student Movement: A Missing Voice In The Cause For Change

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

We need a seminary student movement that leads the church and the nation into deep engagement that combines service, advocacy and social justice. We seek to create a culture of service whereby everyone is challenged every day to engage in the world.

A Return To Big Words

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

As we go about serving God and participating in God's reign, let us use more big words: Peace. Justice. Hope. Love. Say these words. People everywhere are waiting to hear us speak them again.

Why I Haven't Dropped Out Of Seminary

Todd Clayton | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Todd Clayton

A month in to my program, after preliminarily discerning that I don't want to work in a church, I started a love affair with my Google search bar: "What can you do with an M.Div. if you don't want to be a pastor?"

They're Called Students

Michael Jinkins | Posted 10.28.2012 | Education
Michael Jinkins

The people attending our schools deserve not to be called customers. They deserve to be called students. For the sake of their education, and for the sake of the vocations to which they are called, we owe it to them to resist the fads and call them by the right name.

Seminary Debt Rising: Clergy Postpone Starting Families, Face Bankruptcy

David Briggs | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

What began as a critical problem for a small percentage of prospective clergy is reaching alarming levels, new research indicates. It is no longer unusual for seminary graduates to leave school with $70,000 to $80,000 in debt.

Wise as Serpents: Finding Trained Trauma Chaplains in the Wake of a Crisis

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

it's pretty easy to come to town, say you are a "trained trauma chaplain", flash your badge and get assigned to help people who are at their most psychologically and spiritually vulnerable. The potential for doing harm, to the point of spiritual abuse, is high.

Why Attend Seminary?

Serene Jones | Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion
Serene Jones

If you announce plans to attend law, medical, or business school, your friends and family will have a fairly good idea what you'll be doing for the next few years. Share your goal to become a seminarian, however, and you likely will be met with puzzled, if not skeptical, looks.

God in Antigua

Robert Hoggard | Posted 09.05.2012 | College
Robert Hoggard

I am realizing that I should not preach something that I have not lived. God is making me live what I already preached and continue to preach.

After Seminary, 'Lost Boy' Headed Back To Sudan

Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion

By Matt Vande Bunte Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) It has been more than two decades since Deng Alier fled war in his homeland. N...

Worshiping God, Not The Bible

Matt Idom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt Idom

It is not through the bible that I am found. No, that is more about the one God I understand the bible to be revealing.

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Jesus said that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. I invited Beck to a civil and respectful conversation about the issues at stake here, but he has chosen a different path.