Issues, Themes, and Models in Theological Education

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Start Date: 
Thu, 02/01/1990
End Date: 
Mon, 12/31/1990

In preparation for a major review of its Master of Divinity degree curriculum, Columbia Theological Seminary faculty engaged in a period of reflection on the fundamental issues facing theological education. Literature on basic issues provided a platform for thinking about the curriculum. The faculty read and discussed key books and essays, prepared position papers for discussion, and began to articulate the implications of what they discovered for the education offered by the seminary. In Fall 1990, a scholar in residence was asked to offer a weekly seminar on disciplinary thinking, interdisciplinary issues, and current themes in theological education. Another category of activities had to do with the work of a special faculty committee responsible for coordinating the investigations of the larger faculty. Led by a member of the faculty given release time, the committee met with consultants and representative alumni/ae and assisted the faculty in evaluating the existing program of study. The project provided the faculty with a better view of significant issues in theological education prior to conducting a three-year process of curriculum programmatic review that would struggle with these issues in local context. Ultimately, such a period of preparation facilitated more than ordinary tinkering with curriculum. (KA)