Theological Education

Learning theology from my mother

I was always proud to be a preacher’s kid. Growing up in Arkansas and Texas, it surprised many people when I told them my mother was the preacher, not my father. These types of exchanges certainly came with many puzzled looks.

Seminarian discovers God’s love of imperfection by making pottery

When seminarian Alexandra Pappas felt the call to ministry while in her late teens, she was intimidated and afraid. Doubtful that God could possibly call someone like her to be a pastor — she constantly battles the desire for perfection, especially in worship and preaching — Pappas decided to go to seminary anyway.

Church revival will follow ‘killing church softly’

The titles of two workshops held last week during the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators event — “Killing Church Softly” and “Reviving Church Loudly” — together served up a vision about what intergenerational worship and Christian education could look like in the coming years.

Presbyterian church educators return to school this week

The 700 or so people set to gather in Galveston, Texas this week for the annual event of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators can dip their toes not only into the Gulf of Mexico, but into the swirling, often competing demands on faith formation in a world where traditional Christian education venues like Sunday school don’t necessarily meet people where they’re at.

‘It’s hard to comprehend such a presence becoming frail’

Liturgical theologian Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey’s ‘extraordinary mind’ is being taken from her By Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service LOUISVILLE — The last time the Rev. Dr. David Batchelder saw renowned liturgical theologian Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey was over Thanksgiving. At about that time, her hospice chaplain had contacted the Presbyterian Center to ask for a… Read more »

#MeToo, women’s equality panel set for Nov. 9 at SFTS

Women’s equality issues specific to the church are at the heart of a Nov. 9 panel discussion from 2:30 p.m. through 4 p.m. PST at Scott Hall on the campus of San Francisco Theological Seminary, 105 Seminary Road in San Anselmo, Calif.