Biblical Interpretation Advances Our Self Interests
: Phillips Theological Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend writes, "The Bible does not speak. We interpret. While we can claim (and I would claim) that God can and does speak through the Bible, the Bible per se does not speak. We—meaning every individual who reads it, and every group or community who reads together—must take the risk of interpretation and claim the ethical responsibility for that interpretation!"
Needed: More Humility
: Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend is inviting auditors into his fall course, "Christianity and Democracy: A Necessary and Tense Relationship." There are enrollment and course links at the bottom of the post.
Blame, Stress, and Clergy Health
: Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend writes that clergy health and well-being has declined along with the mainline Protestant church. He calls for less blaming and a more Zen approach to the problem.
Three Ways to Make the Seminary Space a Safe One
: The situation in the classroom and in a seminary, even a small one such as Phillips is, has gotten complex to the point that I’m not sure the concept of safe space will hold much longer. We don’t seem to be able to juggle the competing needs.
Death Tsunami Threatens Church
: With today’s average age in mainline churches at about 60, with many of the largest financial contributors to those congregations in their upper 60s, their 70s, and their 80s, and with such different church-going patterns among the thinner younger generations, there is no doubt that the “death tsunami” will powerfully disrupt an entire way of doing church.
Religious Symbols Don't Belong to the State
: Why in heaven’s name would people of faith lend our symbols to the state? How does saying a book or a monument has “historical value” do anything other than relegate those symbols to the past and thus strip or diminish the faith claims that these symbols contain or represent the power to change lives?