Arts and Theological Education

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Start Date: 
Tue, 01/01/1991
End Date: 
Fri, 12/31/1993

Following on three years of inquiry into the nature and purposes of theological education, with specific emphasis on the role of the arts, this project initiated an 18-month process to prepare for three projects: a major publication of primary sources from the history of Christian thought concerning the arts, under the direction of John Cook and Rowan Greer (including the gathering, translating, and publishing of sources); the development of arts resources for theological education and design for use in local churches by lay people (developed in essays and slides by John Cook and Dr. Peter Hawkins); the development of an advanced degree program in theological education and the arts at Yale (with the advice of outside consultants and following a series of planning meetings). In addition to these projects, the Institute established three annual "think-tank" conferences. These projects were guided by a National Executive Committee consisting of John Cook, Peter Hawkins, Rowan Greer, and David Kelsey from the Yale faculty; and Barbara Wheeler, Wilson Yates, and James Waits from other institutions. The executive administrator was Dean Thomas W. Ogletree of Yale Divinity School. (KA)