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Re‐Imagining Theological Education for the Twenty‐First Century: “What Has Theological Ed to do with Higher Ed?”

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Abstract:  In re‐imagining theological education for the twenty‐first century, Stortz examines two late‐twentieth‐century proposals for seminary education: ecumenical consortia and “clustering,” or merging seminaries within the same communion. Given the relative failure of such proposals, she explores a “back to the future” move—a return of seminaries to the church‐related colleges from which many of them sprung. The move might prove mutually beneficial on three fronts: helping the respective institutions with twin emphases on formation and professionalization, sorting through mission and identity issues, and facilitating a greater awareness of the global context which both theological and higher education serve.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Martha E. Stortz is the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, a position she has held since 2010. Prior to that she served as Professor of Historical Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) in Berkeley, California, for 29 years. PLTS is a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, a consortium of eight seminaries.

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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