The real struggle in the next generation will be to understand ourselves, as the people of God and not just conglomerations of individuals, in the light of our exilic condition. It will be the underlying test for Anglicans in the Global North. How do we come to understand ourselves as a people with a different narrative, as a people against culture’s grain, beyond the immediate political answers we might give?
Too often the study of Scripture and theology is done at arm's length, like a scientist engaging in vivisection.
A great many senior figures in the Church no longer value the work of full-time theological colleges.
I was advised that I was “too academic” and would need to play down my experience as a theological educator.
I am not sure what seminaries intend to train people to do these days, but I am convinced that it has very little to do with actually running a church.
One of the things I love about teaching in a seminary is how easily I can make connections between various subjects of study. One can see why our forebears bequeathed this institutional model to us.
Three years is surely not enough.