Fall 2022 | Audacious Odysseys: Charting the Future of Theological Education
How to prepare future ministers, scholars, and theologically minded public leaders for times like these? Amid the churn of forces—the volatile, unsettled role of religion in secular society, the reckonings around justice, the ordeal of student debt, the politics of polarization—is theological education in crisis? In the bicentennial year of Yale Divinity School, this Reflections issue meets the high-stakes moment with essays by YDS voices who speak to many of the most urgent questions and strategies. There’s no one path forward, but what the writers share in common is a conviction to move into the unknown future with creativity, hope, and audacity. As YDS professor Joyce Mercer ’84 M.Div. puts it, “What’s this rambunctious spirit of God asking of us?”
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From the Dean's Desk
During World War I, George Fairman composed a hit song that used the first words of the chorus as a title: “I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.” There are many people who feel that way today. And understandably: the medical, racial, economic, and political tensions that all of us feel are not simply palpable, they are throbbing.