So Much Depends on Mission
William Carlos Williams penned the famous poem about a wheelbarrow and some chickens:
so much depends
the red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
With irregular breaks and a disregard for grammatical convention, these words paint a vivid picture that has stumped many a high school English student over the years. However, the poem comes to mind frequently whenever I consider something of critical importance to success. So much depends on … something simple, focused; something that guides decisions in the midst of all the activity around it.
In Pursuit of Sustainability: Strategy & Planning for Theological Education
Philip Melanchthon, the essential yin to Martin Luther’s yang, led reformation of Lutheran education. The times demanded new educational materials and forms, and consumed much of his attention from his inaugural lecture at Wittenberg in August 1518 until his death in April 1560. Melanchthon’s personal impact was felt from primary levels through university.
Faculty as Institutional Citizens: An Invisible but Essential Aspect of Vital Sustainability
Deerfield, IL, USA
In their study entitled The Impact of New Public Management on Academic Citizenship: A Case Study of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sharareh Ani and Lina Persson state that [a]cademic citizenship is a relatively new theory that has not yet been studied in any depth” (2016, 14). To support their claims, they reference Shils (1997), Macfarlane (2007), and Havergal (2015).
The Relevance of Systems in the Administration of Theological Schools
Marcos Orison de Almeida
Schools need systems to function, but not all institutions have had an opportunity to develop them in ways that serve the mission of the school. The following summarizes three primary systems required for effective administration as well as links and suggestions for free or low cost, readily available alternatives to help schools meet their needs.
Buddhist Preaching in Contemporary Theravada Sri Lanka: Lessons for the Church
G. P. V. Somaratna
In Sri Lanka, Buddhist preaching fills the air throughout the day in preaching halls, public ceremonies, on TV, and even over the radios in taxi cabs. For two thousand years, preaching has shaped not only the devotees of Buddhism but also the culture of Sri Lanka. The following will describe the practice of preaching in Buddhism as well as some of the comparisons and contrasts with the Christian practice and what the Church might learn from the homiletic approach of our Buddhist neighbours.
Serving the Seminary Community in a Country in Conflict: Five Lessons Learned at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia
Diana Lucía Peñuela
Student communities are miniature representations of the society and history of a country. As such, Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC) embodies traits such as joy, friendship, and a certain “magical realism” found in Latin America. The seminary’s theology curriculum comes from both the rigor of books and from the experience of being Colombian. For example, virtually everyone who has come through our classrooms will remember the now famous “night of the regions,” which features the best of each geographical and cultural region the country. Typical dances, music, humor, and delicious regional culinary dishes make this the most waited for fiesta each year.
Faculty Development in Service to the Mission of the School
For greatest impact, each theological school must discern and articulate its unique mission within the broader purpose of theological education in service to the Church and the Kingdom of God. This mission then guides the strategy of the school, for which the faculty is perhaps the most essential resource as the means of achieving institutional objectives. Therefore, faculty development should serve the mission of the school. The following draws on the examples and experience of the Vital Sustainability Initiative. While applicable across theological education in general, the article specifically addresses the needs and approach for schools located within the Majority World.
Book Review: Deininger, F. and Equizabal, O., Editors (2013). Leadership in Theological Education, Vol. 1: Foundations for Academic Leadership.
The first volume on Leadership in Theological Education series focuses on the role of the Academic Dean in the life of the seminary including sections on the foundations of theological leadership, the responsibilities and characteristics of academic leadership, and the general leadership practices of the Dean, with worksheets and Reflective Questions for Action Points for each chapter. The following summarizes the four sections of the book, with a focused review on the last three.