Bridges: Linking Theological Education to the Practice of Youth Ministry
First Year Snapshot
Pastors who thrive in long-term youth ministry are:
- rooted in the practices of the devotional life, of "tending to one's soul"
- active in seeking spiritual companionship
- intentional in exercise of body, mind, and spirit
Hallmarks of thriving youth ministries include:
- youth maturing in Christ and engaged in discipleship and service
- incarnational witness of adults, "a willingness to enter their world"
- the youth ministry is integrated into the whole life of the congregation
- "a cadre of caring adults" who will be there for the long haul
- undergirding congregational prayer support
- youth pastors who aren't paid adequately to live in
communities they serve
- supervisory pastors often poorly equipped to build pastoral teams or
support their staff
- "ghettoization" of youth ministry-not connected to the whole life of the church
For a more in-depth report, please email [email protected].
C. Clifton Black published The Rhetoric of the Gospel: Theological Artistry in the Gospels and Acts (Chalice Press, 2001) and
Mark: Images of an Apostolic Interpreter (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2001), which was originally published in hardcover by University of South Carolina Press in 1994.
Brian K. Blount published Then the Whisper Put on Flesh: New Testament Ethics in an African American Context (Abingdon Press, 2001).
Donald Capps edited Freud & Freudians on Religion: A Reader (Yale University Press, 2001) and wrote, with PTS alumnus Gene Fowler,
The Pastoral Care Case: Learning about Care in Congregations (Chalice Press, 2001).
Richard K. Fenn wrote Beyond Idols: The Shape of a Secular Society (Oxford University Press, 2001).
Gillespie, James F. Kay, and Hughes O. Old contributed to the 3-volume
Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday's Texts (Eerdmans Publishing, 2001).
Donald H. Juel was one of the main editors of New Proclamation Year A, 2001-2002: Advent through Holy Week (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2001).
Bruce M. Metzger wrote The Bible in Translation: Ancient and English Versions (Baker Academic, 2001).
Max L. Stackhouse contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and wrote a chapter for
The Social Gospel Today (Westminster John Knox Press, 2001).
Festival of Health
On Thursday, October 4, the Seminary was flooded with sounds and sights of wellness as the Annual Health Fair arrived on campus. More than 60 participants, from campus groups to local professionals, came to offer services and/or information. Those who wandered through the maze of booths were welcomed to free massages, yoga demonstrations, tai chi workshops, and "mocktails" to enjoy. Basic health screenings, nutrition information, and financial planning services were offered, as well as spiritual direction and prayer and support group opportunities.
The fair's goal was to raise awareness about wholistic health-spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. This event, which director of student counseling Nancy Schongalla-Bowman called "a festive time," was the first in what PTS's Wholistic Health Initiative wants to make a yearlong effort to raise consciousness. Student and staff attendees were sent away with fruit, frisbees, magnets, and tote bags that they filled with information from the booths-souvenirs that will serve as reminders of the fair's intent.
Celebrate wellness tonight with your own
Colossal Piña Colada Cocktail
The Wholistic Health Initiative Committee (left to right): Carol Belles, Jane Lowrey,
Mark Vickstrom, Nancy Schongalla-Bowman, and Joel Pancoast
|Alumni/ae and Money in Good Hands: PTS Adds New Administrators
On the top floor of Templeton Hall, in a corner office, sits a woman who loves putting pieces together. "I'm an analyst at heart," says Judy Heagstedt, PTS's new vice president for investment management and chief investment officer, which is a newly created position. Coming from a position as senior portfolio manager at Honeywell, her position
at PTS is similar to ones she's held before. She is familiar with overseeing large investment programs, policy setting, performance evaluating, and communicating with committees and boards, all of which are responsibilities of hers at Princeton. The differences are ones she is eager to embrace-being in a friendly community, on an academic campus, and working for an organization that has a mission other than profit-making.
Steven Hamilton called his acceptance of the director of alumni/ae giving and church relations position "kind of like coming home." During his days as an M.Div. student at PTS, he was involved in the stewardship committee and as an assistant organist, and after his graduation in 1983 he remained active as a class steward. Coming most recently from sixteen years as pastor of the historic Covenant Presbyterian Church in Butler, Pennsylvania, Hamilton is excited about "getting to know the students who are here now, getting out to see alums, some that I know and new friends that I'll make, and getting churches more involved in supporting theological education."
Art As an Act of Faith
Spirit States, an exhibit of oil paintings by Ben Frank Moss,
PTS's Erdman Gallery in October. The artist's works average just nine by seven inches, but in that small space is reflected an intense hope built from a distant memory-reflections of a familiar childhood beach or a well-traveled road, what Moss calls an attempt to
"break through the fence of time and reclaim what was given to me as a child." Moss describes his painting as "an act of faith," saying that it is a "means of objectifying a personal truth, a workable way to reconnect with that great ineffable mystery beyond the human."
Still to come in Erdman's 2001-2002 season of "Remembrance":
December 16, 2001-February 1, 2002
February 11-April 12, 2002
"Natural Rhythms Stilled"
April 22-June 28, 2002
Faculty and Staff Accolades
Ernest Burford, PTS security officer, won second place in the second annual Lynchburger's Club golf tournament in Newton, Georgia, in August. Burford is a founder of the hosting club.
James H. Charlesworth, PTS's George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, participated in teleconference interviews in November with Latin American media to promote the Discovery Channel's Latin American premier on December 16 of
Jesucristo: La Verdadera Historia (Jesus: The Real Story)-a production that includes interviews with
Congratulations to Peter and Amy Ehlin, who welcomed their son, Parker Daniel, into the world on August 29, 2001.
Amy is the director of food service at PTS for ARAMARK.
The American Academy of Religion presented Peter J.
Paris, PTS's Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor of Christian Social Ethics, with the 2001 Ray L. Hart Service Award. The award is given to a member of the academy whose dedication and service have made significant contributions to the academy's mission of fostering excellence in the field of religion.
Arthur M. Adams Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
William Stacy Johnson has been appointed to a national theological task force of the Presbyterian Church whose charge is "to lead the PCUSA in spiritual discernment of our Christian identity in and for the 21st century...seeking the peace, unity, and purity of the church."
Rethinking at the
Cardoza-Orlandi, a Princeton Ph.D. graduate and associate professor of world Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, delivered this year's PTS/Hispanic Theological Initiative
(HTI) lecture, titled "Beyond the Great Commission: Living Metaphors of God's Missional People at the Border."
He presented several challenges, including a critique of the past's simplistic answers to mission endeavors and an examination of the current narrow definitions of
"borders" or "border issues" that are limited to geography. Borders, he cautioned, are a symbol of the complexity of human encounters that may have nothing to do with geographical location. He also emphasized that mission must be grounded at the border, where this complexity is encountered, where no one has the "last word," where mission is carried out through
testimonio (testimony) that is both prophetic and hopeful.
|New Officers on PTS Board
The chair, vice chair, and secretary of the PTS Board of Trustees are excited about their positions and eager to work for Princeton Seminary. They shared with
inSpire their hopes for PTS's future.
Having been a trustee for 15 years, David Mace is "honored to serve as chair" and "particularly looking forward to working more closely with Dr. Gillespie." He is committed to the trustee responsibility of ensuring "that all students receive the finest theological education available anywhere" and of being sound stewards of the endowment, but his personal vision and challenge is "to continue to broaden the reach of PTS to students all over the world, who will one day become religious leaders in their own countries." Mace is director of family financial services at Northern Trust Global Advisors, Inc., in Stamford and is a member of Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, both in Connecticut.
Clarence Ammons, PTS Class of 1966, interim pastor of Antioch Presbyterian Church in Red Springs, North Carolina, and an 18-year veteran of the board and its new vice chair, hopes the number of women serving on the board can be increased. He also says, "Given the threatening struggles in the Presbyterian Church right now, I hope Princeton Seminary can play a reconciling role in trying to hold the denomination together."
Secretary Louise Lawson, Class of 1976, the one officer who is not new, believes
that Princeton's influential role in educating
|(left to right) Dr. Ammons,
Ms. Lawson, and Mr. Mace
spiritual leaders throughout the world "makes the work of PTS trustees very important," and she believes "it is both an honor and a special calling to be involved." Her dream for PTS is that it will become more intentional in promoting congregational leadership, that bridges will be built between academics and their practical application to ministry, and that the faculty's many talents might be shared with a broader audience in the church. Lawson is associate minister at Germantown Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Tennessee.
Mace speaks on behalf of all the trustees when he says, "I pray that God will be glorified in all that we do as a Board of Trustees."
|PTS Beams into 21st Century with New Phone System
The Seminary's recent technology upgrade added
- voice mail,
- more than 1,200 new network jacks,
- and more than 280 new phones,
- which have 25 different ring sound options (including a bluesy,
- and built-in web browsers, allowing for mini-web-page surfing.
Bill French, network engineer for the Office of Computer Services, says, "This project was a great opportunity to bring together several portions of our campus technology into one telecommunications system."
|Princeton Seminary Live Videoconference Addresses How Theologians and Scientists View What It Means to Be Human
One hundred and fifty pastors, laity, theologians, and scientists gathered in Princeton, New Jersey; Tacoma, Washington; and Carefree, Arizona, on October 4 to participate in a live videoconference on science and religion, the first of its kind sponsored by Princeton Seminary and
Pacific Lutheran University, and funded in part by the Templeton Foundation.
Dr. J. Wentzel van Huyssteen in Princeton and Sir John Polkinghorne in Tacoma addressed the topic "Religion and Science in Search of Truth: The Universe and God's Grand Purpose."
Van Huyssteen titled his lecture "Fallen Angels or Rising Beasts? Theological Perspectives on Mind and Purpose in the Universe." Polkinghorne addressed "Cosmology: Mind and Purpose behind the Universe."
The presenters and participants considered numerous
questions including: Is there a reliable way for theology to respond to sensational new developments in science, and if so, how is the integrity of theology and faith protected? Are humans created in the image of God, or are they rational animals? (In other words, does the Christian belief that the human species is created to fulfill a special purpose of God conflict with evolutionary theory and the strong unbroken link it establishes between humans and all other living things?) And if the Christian concept of the image of God points to human uniqueness, do humans now find that uniqueness in their intelligence and rational abilities?
Van Huyssteen, PTS professor of theology and science and author of
The Shaping of Rationality:Towards Interdisciplinarity in Theology and
Science, posited that "our comfortable, traditional definition of what it means to be truly human, created in the image of God
(imago Dei) with a special purpose on earth, is now being blown apart by challenges from primatology, artificial intelligence, and robotics, and by the
spectacular results of the Human Genome Project."
He believes that contemporary paleoanthropology and archaeology are challenging people, particularly people of faith, to rethink what is meant by human uniqueness, and to accept the challenges of human evolution.
Both van Huyssteen and Polkinghorne, a British physicist who held the chair of mathematical physics at Cambridge University from 1968 to 1979 and an Anglian priest, told participants that theological
traditions have always been sensitive to the scientific culture in which they are
imbedded. Therefore finding consonance between the biblical idea of the image of God and what science sees as uniqueness "opens exciting opportunities for Christian theologians."
Speaking about what motivates scientists, Polkinghorne said it is because they, like theologians, "want to understand the world. The physical structure of the universe has been finely tuned; in the deep rational beauty of the world are signs of a divine mind."
Van Huyssteen thinks this offers fruitful possibilities. "The search for truth by religious and scientific communities," he said, "has now led both traditions into new possibilities of long-distance yet vibrantly personal conversation from which both can benefit." The videoconference became available to an even wider public when it was videostreamed on the web at
|Princeton's New International Students
The entering 2001-2002 international students include (top row, left to right): Eun-Young Chun (Korea), Myung-Sil Kim (Korea), P. Daniel Jeyaraj (PTS John A. Mackay Professor of World Christianity, from India), Norman A. Bolay (Germany), Peter Loment (Hungary); (second row) Soo Kyung Kim (Korea), Mi-Kyung Shim (Korea), Ndukwe N. Eme (Nigeria), John Sargunam Baskaran (Malaysia), Robert H. Simpson (Scotland), Stuart John Noble (Northern Ireland); (third row) Ben Gladston (India), Saji Joseph (India), Felix Asante (Ghana), Yun Hui Kim (Korea), Daniel Imo (Nigeria), John Raj Amalakar Simeon (India); (front row) Chung-Hyun Baik (Korea), Chin-Shun Kang (Taiwan), Abu Thampan (India), La Seng Dingrin (Myanmar), Solomon Udo Umazi (Nigeria), Johnson W. Mwara (Kenya), J. Prabhakar Dayam (India).
The PTS Student Body
With the welcoming of 137 new juniors this fall, PTS's student body now totals 740.
This year's students include:
36 denominations represented
68 African Americans
57 Asian Americans
PTS students come from 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 25 countries.
Remaining Princeton Seminar Dates 2001-2002
January 31-February 3, 2002
February 14-17, 2002
February 28-March 3, 2002
March 21-24, 2002
Prospective students interested in the M.Div. and M.A. programs, and their spouses, are invited to these Thursday-Sunday introductions to student life at PTS. They will have the opportunity to meet current students, faculty, and administrators; to learn about financial aid, housing, and the field education program; and to attend classes. The prospective student's only cost is for transportation to and from the Seminary. For more information or to request that information be sent to a potential PTS student, contact the Rev. Victor Aloyo Jr., director of vocations, at 1-800-622-6767, ext. 1940, or visit the PTS web site at
www.ptsem.edu or visit the page
for the seminar weekends at http://www.ptsem.edu/open/visitpts.htm#seminars.
|New Moderator of African Church Inducted
Max Tongai Chigwida, Class of 1972, was inducted as moderator of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) in September. The UPCSA was born of the union of the Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and is a multinational, multiracial, and multilingual church comprising 135,000 communicants and 370 congregations in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. This church has had a partnership with the PCUSA for more than 25 years.
Chigwida also continues as minister of City Presbyterian Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, and served as moderator-elect for a year prior to assuming his present duties. He is a member of several ecumenical bodies and has previously worked for St. Paul's Theological College in Kenya and for World Vision International. Chigwida and his wife, Judy, have two grown sons.
In his moderatorial address, given at the Third General Assembly of the UPCSA in Benoni, South Africa, Chigwida warned of the challenges facing the church.
Noting that this year marks the UPCSA's second birthday, he said, "Two-year-olds
are known for their insistence on going and doing things their own way-hence the label, the terrible twos."
He then remarked on the positive work of the church, such as efforts to embrace diversity, a multiplicity of "gifting" and leadership in the church, and attempts to bridge racial and cultural divides. In closing, he reminded the church of its call to community and to unity, "not only to demonstrate that barriers can be broken and old walls can be pulled down, but also that new walls of God's house can be put up."
Information for this article was provided by PTS alum Jon T. Chapman, Class of 1972 and area coordinator for the Southern and East Africa Office,
Worldwide Ministries Division, Presbyterian Church (USA), who attended the induction ceremony in South Africa.
Hard at Work!
These hard workers are overseeing expansion of the Carol Gray Dupree Center for Children, which began in late September. With a projected completion date in January, this 1,500-square-foot addition will include the day care's own private entrance and bathrooms, additional storage space, additional floor space, and-what most excites these observers-a bigger playground! They'll have to share it, though, because the center's capacity will increase from 40 to 55 children.
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