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Church and Academy

Theological Education: Irrelevant to the Church?

When: June 10, 2022, 9:00 am - Friday

Where: Ezell 234

Session 6

Session Abstract

Likely, anyone from the church or the academy who reads this question would object. Yet the reality is that the structures and standards for theological education in churches remain minimal, and academic work enters into ecclesial spaces indirectly and second- or third-hand. Polite responses and conventional wisdom no longer suffice. Everyone believes it should be relevant, trends suggest that the disparate nature of these two spaces create impasses that will prevent meaningful communication unless these factors are acknowledged and addressed. We have gathered academics, clergy, and a seminary president to offer difficult assessments and critical analyses in order to till the ground of this topic.


Lauren Calvin Cooke, Emory University, Convener

  • Christopher Dowdy, Paul Quinn College, Participant
  • Kaitlin Hardy Shetler, Vera Institute of Justice, Participant
  • Michael Van Huis, Abilene Christian University, Participant
  • Angela Sims, Colgate Roger Crozer Divinity School, President

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James Cone with conferee at the CSC in 2017

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Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson delivering the CSC plenary address

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Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), delivering the CSC plenary address.

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US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivering the CSC plenary address

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David Brooks engaging conferees during breakfast at the CSC

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