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Congratulations to our 16 Doctor of Ministry Graduates

Congratulations to our 16 Doctor of Ministry Graduates Sixteen graduates from different concentrations in the program, and from around the nation gathered in Pittsburgh last Friday Two Richard J.  Rapp awards were given:  Daniel Gordon in the Science and Theology Focus and Christine Gravely in the Parish Leadership Focus States represented included:  New Jersey, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New York, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, and Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This is indeed a national program, one which draws … Continue reading

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Ending and Beginnings

Anita Little writes in religiondispaches.org, about digital discipline–#Relent 2016. A project of Jason Chesnut, Lutheran pastor in Baltimore, Jason offers a model for this moment. Embrace the digital age and to use another “re” realign. I love this creative approach which does not lessen faith, and does not allow the negative creep. Missional Leadership as a DMin concentration at Pittsburgh Seminary is eager for these ideas, desiring practicing pastors and ministers in various settings to think together for a few … Continue reading

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Summer and Sabbatical and Being Blessed

Several new focuses began in June 2015:  Missional Leadership, Urban Change, Reformed Theology a collaborative program with New College, School of Divinity, Edinburgh. For June 2016:  note that a new Eastern Christian Focus, meeting at Antiochian Village, A Christian Spirituality Focus, meeting in Pittsburgh, and a SYI Doctor of Ministry for those pastors who were at one time participants in the Summer Youth Institute, meeting in Pittsburgh. The goal of the DMin program at Pittsburgh Seminary is to be attentive … Continue reading

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Doctor of Ministry

Missional Leadership Reformed Theology:  as contemporary narrative Eastern Christian:  Orthodox in the present Parish:  Engaging Ministry and Pastoral Leadership:  Eckerd College, Florida Spiritualty Urban Change Science and Theology   BEGINS WITH…a decision about daily living habits, practices and ways of thinking and acting, do become vitally important, not as an individualistic response, but as a centered set of actions.  We decide at some point to put it another way if we will grow up and be an adult or if … Continue reading

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Science and Theology

“To not participate in these narratives is to miss a vibrant and interesting human endeavor which is both spiritual and formative.” There are those who adamantly preach that there is no bridge between science and religion, let alone theology and any narrative constructed is a mere mirage, a false engineering project, an illusion of smoke and mirrors.  I get this:  and it remains an interesting source of study for me.  At the same time, I direct a focus within the … Continue reading

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An uncommon calling . . .

remains vital.  To put it simply and clearly.  The DMin program of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will in the New Year offer:  Urban Change, to begin January 26, 2015 Missional Leadership, to being June 15, 2015 Reformed Theology:  Contemporary Understandings for a Changing Church and World, June 8, 2015  (A new collaboration with New College, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh) Consider this calling to join these forward thinking focuses to be an outstanding opportunity to think deeply, laugh heartily, consider … Continue reading

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Defining Religion While Thinking Of the Difference between Change and the New

At the 2014 American Academy of Religion, David Morgan, of Duke University offered an excellent presentation on religion and media, suggesting that over the past two decades the intersection of religion and media have altered definitions.  Religion is less about  “systems of ideas to which believers assent” and more about “embodied practices that cultivate relations among people, places, and non-human forces—nature, spirits, ancestors, saints, gods—resulting in communities and sensibilities that shape those who participate.”   (Paper, “Religion and media:  A critical … Continue reading

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With Whom and To Whom Are We Accountable?

On the face of it this is a rather straightforward answer, is it not?  If you are in ministry, doesn’t the answer come quickly and easily?   Not a hard sermon to preach, or column or blog to write and yet, I want to suggest we wait, take time, live, in other words, with the question. Accountability is necessary, but not easy.  David Ford writes about congregational understanding of ministry, membership, and community in “Religious Giving and New Metrics,” in Insight.  … Continue reading

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Peace of Christ

I sent a quick note to a student.  In his response was, “peace of Christ and his name.” Not a new phrase for certain and one I often receive. At times it is shortened to simply peace. I’ve been (our world too has been) without much peace as of late, and while this is an ordinary greeting or sign off for many, today it struck me with particular force. I use the word “force” intentionally—as in that phrase from Star Wars—”may the … Continue reading

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Why a Doctor of Ministry Degree: because you will have space, and a place for honest dialogue for the sake of our present and future.*

      *For the quick read, skip to the last paragraph.   This morning at 5:30 am, I received an email from those I know in Israel, in Gaza.  I received two photos of two children, one in a hospital bed, and another of a child playing with a balloon amid the rubble from a missile, a bomb, meant to do one thing and one thing only, shatter, take apart and destroy.  I then watched the New York Times … Continue reading

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