At the center of every educational debate stands a mystery: the eternity-haunted, God-imaged soul of a child. What need not remain inaccessible is how to shape that soul for what is True, Good, and Beautiful.
Many ordinands haven’t had their imagination informed deeply by Scripture or by long experience in the Church. Our parishes and theological schools have not responded to this reality.
Too often the study of Scripture and theology is done at arm's length, like a scientist engaging in vivisection.
The good news is that the Church always contains the seeds of its revival. Our prayer book’s emphasis on the ministry of all the baptized, for instance, is a gift we have only begun to open.
We need to rediscover and to revive the vocation of the seminary at precisely the moment of its greatest risk.
The Church, the gathered people of God, is where lives are transformed. As we encounter the power of the Spirit through word and sacrament, we are changed.
When a person is deeply saturated and formed in the Scriptures and symbols of the Christian tradition, she can creatively adapt and remake them in new settings — with soldiers on deployment, in an emergency room, with a couple in counseling.
Being Church requires carrying forth into the world Jesus’ ministry of sanctuary and witness.