Seminaries News for July 2011

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Consider how PC(USA) seminaries ensure the development of church leaders. This training includes congregations and middle governing bodies, as illustrated in these feature stories from McCormick Theological Seminary and Auburn Theological Seminary.

The polity workshop at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary we listed in the July 20 email will not be held.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary will offer the workshop “Singing into our Future” Sept. 15 with the Rev. Dr. Michael Waschevski. This workshop will introduce the new PC(USA) hymnal to music and worship leaders, and after the workshop, a public session is offered to sing from the Sampler. Learn more ?

Columbia Theological Seminary will offer the course “Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation” Aug. 7-12. The course will explore ways of building a community dedicated to spiritual formation by teaching it in congregations. The class also will be experiential, including prayer, small groups, individual reflection, and presentations. Get details ?

University of Dubuque Theological Seminary’s Center for Women’s Issues encourages the support necessary to ensure that the full gifts of women seminarians are developed for service. The program provides opportunities for fellowship and conversation, offers meetings on topics of concern to women, and serves as a resource center, among other things. Get more information ?

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will present the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture Sept. 18. It will feature the Rev. Dr. Traci C. West, professor of ethics and African American studies at Drew University Theological School. Her lecture is titled “What Does Anti-racist Christian Sexual Ethics Look Like?” Learn more ?

The World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will present the workshop “Discerning Your Call to Mission” on Nov. 5. This annual workshop is designed to encourage and guide those who sense a call to mission work. Learn more ?

Princeton Theological Seminary will offer the workshop “Cultivating and Inspiring Church Volunteers in Today’s Challenging Economy” Aug. 15. The one-day workshop will focus on ideas and concepts used by professional volunteer coordinators to build and sustain successful volunteer programs in spite of the challenges created by today’s unstable economy. Get details ?

Intellectual stimulation. Psychological training for pastors. Spiritual direction. These are just a few of the reasons Doctor of Ministry candidates travel to San Francisco Theological Seminary every summer for graduate studies. Read more ?

The Interdenominational Theological Center, which includes Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, offers a Distance Education Student Guide for those interested in learning more about distance learning. The guide provides information on such details as live video classes and the expectations for distance learners. Browse the guide ?

Union Presbyterian Seminary features live webcasts. The next event on Union Live will be the Morton Library Book Talk featuring Willie Thompson on Aug. 11; check the Web site for further details. Previous events that were recorded also can be heard on Union Live. Listen in ?

The Doctor of Ministry Program at Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico has a special emphasis on the pastoral care of the family. Students will, among other things, develop an understanding of the social structures of the family in its many expressions, and develop an understanding of the family from a biopsychosocial and spiritual perspective. Learn more ?