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There has never been a time when theological education has been more important than today. This is true not only for those seminaries which educate pastors but also for church bodies and congregations responsible for training and equipping lay persons. We need in the church today a new focus on theology, historical theology, biblical theology, contemporary theology, practical theology. We need pastors and church leaders who are grounded in the faith, the historic and orthodox faith of the ecumenical church of Jesus Christ, who are acquainted with the many and various expressions of the faith through history and in our own time. We need to support practical projects of theological education with time and effort and money.
The so-called neoconservative movement has been able to place itself at the center of political debate in this country over the last decades. And it has made the promotion of religion as one of its top priorities. But the form of religion that it promotes is the religious right, a form of religion that is a modern phenomena emerging only in the last century out of the debates between science and religion. Neoconservatives have been able to influence major institutional funders to provide resources to the organizations of the religious right, such as the Center for Ethics and Public Policy. This is an effort to "buy the church", to redefine Christianity not according to its historic and orthodox roots, but in a way that legitimizes the interests of the wealthy and powerful in society.
So it is especially important to support theological education today.
We want in this section to make it possible for members to add opportunities for continuing theological education. If you know of such opportunities please let us know. We hope to develop this section more in the future.
The Association of Theological Schools provides a list of higher education resources.
Lifelong Learning Opportunites is a web ministry of the Episcopal Church USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and United Methodist Church. This searchable database will allow you to locate basic information about educational events and courses throughout the world.
The Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) provides many opportunites for urban pastoral education.
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