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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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NEW DMIN FOCUSES BEGIN IN JANARY 2015

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program launches four new concentrations beginning in January 2015.  These are:   Missional Leadership Urban Change Reformed Focus with New College, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Scotland Parish Focus:  Emerging Leadership at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida     The purpose of these new concentrations to acknowledge and to partner with pastors and those in specialized ministry as we together begin to understand what it means to trust God as the Initiator and … Continue reading

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URBAN CHANGE: PARTICIPATING IN THE FUTURE NOW

A new focus beginning in January 2015 Study in the present to live faithfully in the future is here:  in Pittsburgh, one of the up and coming cities, travel to London and to Pretoria to grasp the realities of urban life in the world, engage with colleagues and an amazingly gifted set of professors. ( See Urban study in Pretoria at http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=19967&language=0)   Craft a project, think critically, reflect theologically, be transformed. Pittsburgh, Portland, Austin:  three cities mentioned as a trio, … Continue reading

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WHAT DOES A HEALTHY PASTOR DO TO BE HEALTHY?

(And…look for the addendum at the bottom of the page.) What does a call to heath mean for those in ministry? It is a matter of stewardship of our very lives.  I have a good health plan and insurance.  I am fortunate.  I keep receiving postcards from my health plan which challenge me to keep healthy by taking certain actions.  The incentive is that I will receive a savings in the network deductible for the following year.   What is preventive … Continue reading

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Continuing the path and looking ahead…

The Doctor of Ministry Program will be undergoing a review in the coming months, beginning in February.  My goal is an open-ended review, paying attention to a variety of perspectives and voices of those who have been in the program, those currently in the program and also to talk with potential students as to what they might be seeking in a practice oriented degree like a DMin. I’ve been director of the Pittsburgh Seminary’s DMin program for nine years, and … Continue reading

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CHANGE: a looping life

I was born into the church.  It has shaped me, my life and my vocational choices.  Imprinted early or to use current vernacular—the neuro-pathways of my brain–established a religious view as truth and loyalty.  Other people’s faith about God has had a profound effect on me and in many ways shaped both my interests and confusion about the church, belief and all that goes with it.  While others were marching in the streets, protesting great injustices within my baby boomer … Continue reading

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Art and Life; Meaning and Purpose; Agency and God

I read, faithfully, the New Yorker because of excellent writing, great cartoons, and attention to the best fiction, art, opera, film, poetry.  In the October 7, 2013 edition, Goings On About Town: This Week. http://nyr.kr/14HAxi4, the art of Chris Burden is featured.  The New Museum features a piece called, “Ghost Ship,” described as “a crewless, self-navigating yacht that sailed the North Sea in 2005.”    What would make, I wondered, this yacht a meaningful experience with people on board to guide … Continue reading

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TWO PARTS: Working on Emptying and Doing Empty Work

Part One: Can you feel it?  Summer is about to end, and the energy is rising, like a late summer thunder storm.   At the same time, the easiness of at least the month of August leads to a bit of angst.  It is time to get back to real work. In a recent CNN post, the theme was of work, and running on empty.  The phrase empty work—that is—in this constant attention to email and other forms of information, we … Continue reading

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We Seek to Discern God’s Future for God’s Church in Service to God’s Mission in God’s World

…we seek to discern God’s future for God’s church in service to God’s Mission in God’s world A comment on letting go Susan Kendall   This is a variation on a theme I hear or read several times a week and yet in the Bible is clarity.  We are to love, listen, give, pray, weep, laugh, sing and lament, among some other clear active verbs.  A sampling:   “Take up your bed and walk; this day you are healed; feed my … Continue reading

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Walk and Dance: Body, Mind and Spirit

“Our memories, our beliefs, our imaginations are all impacted by the emotions we experience on a daily basis.  Emotions shape and color our world in truly fantastic and meaningful ways.  However, our theologies and ideas about humanity often lack careful attention to our embodied emotional experiences.”   Jason Whitehead, PhD Invited Professor for DMin Focus:  Science and Theology Jesus washed feet. Mary anointed with oil.  The blind were able to see; the deaf to hear.   All these narratives in the biblical … Continue reading

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