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Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools [Paperback]

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Pages   177
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.09" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 3, 2008
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802863612  
EAN  9780802863614  

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In Earthen Vessels, Daniel Aleshire, executive director of the Association for Theological Schools, makes the case for the future of theological education in a personal and conversational essay. Rather than using a historical or analytic approach, Aleshire uses what he terms "appreciative inquiry" to identify the strengths of theological education and how they can support future work in the field. By describing this work and its far-reaching benefits, he aims to inform school board members, donors, administrators, and faculty who may be seeking to understand the bigger picture of their institutions. Aleshire organizes the book into three parts. The first makes the case for theological schools by describing the work they were intended to do and the contributions they make. The second focuses on the nature of their work - teaching, learning, and research. Finally the third describes the partners who make this work possible. Aleshire notes that much of the future of these schools will be framed by changes in these partners - administration, the church, and the higher education community - and the ways that schools change in response.

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Earthen Vessels is a thoughtful, conversational essay illuminating the broad contours of theological education today. Rather than using a historical or analytic approach to discuss theological education in North America, Daniel Aleshire uses what he terms "appreciative inquiry" to identify the strengths of theological schools at their best.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Daniel O. Aleshire is Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. He is the author of "Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools".

Daniel O. Aleshire was born in 1947 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Association of Theological Schools.

Daniel O. Aleshire has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Religion in America

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A great introduction to the present--and future--of theological schools  Jul 9, 2008
The last twenty-five years have seen a remarkable explosion of literature on theological education. This brief, accessible volume is a great entry-point into this conversation and is itself a significant new contribution that will spark fresh thinking and action.

The book begins and ends by making a strong case for the future of theological schools--both that they should have a future and that they will. Aleshire makes this case by pointing to how their function of preparing theologically wise leaders for communities of faith is particularly crucial in a time of rapid multidimensional change when the
kind of wisdom schools can foster is at a premium. He then goes on to show that these schools--precisely as schools--have great capacities for imagining and effecting profound changes in their own life and work. In the three middle chapters Aleshire provides a short course on issues facing theological schools, reflecting concretely and practically on the current challenges and possibilities for their work in the arenas of learning, teaching, research, administration and governance.

What this adds up to is a orienting meditation on the biggest questions and issues currently facing every theological school and everyone who cares about them, whether faculty, students, administrators, board members, church leaders, or those who simply have a thirst for faith's wisdom.

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