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Calling Church & Seminary Into the 21St Century

Hardback|May 1995
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Leading theological educator challenges the church and its institutions to prepare for the 3rd millennium.


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Leading theological educator challenges the church and its institutions to prepare for the 3rd millennium.
-Publisher

The twentieth century has been the scene of constant and unparalleled change. The seminaries have not been exempt from this change, as evidenced by the inclusion of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and gays and lesbians in the ranks of students and all forms of ministry. The church has undergone major theological shifts as well, as these new ministers bring their own experiences and belief systems to the church. Donald E. Messer believes that the church must hear these experiences in order for it to continue to grow and meet the challenges of the new millennium. It is in this spirit, of opening the church to the strength of its diversity, that Messer believes God is Calling Church & Seminary into the 21st Century. Messer believes that this may best be accomplished by the church celebrating, not ignoring, the variety of voices and experiences within its community. These voices must not only be heard, but recognized as equal to those that have dominated the church for two thousand years, often to the exclusion of dissenters. The church must also learn to communicate in a new way in order to remain relevant in this era of technological advancement. The verse from Isaiah 40:3 - "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God" - takes on new meaning when viewed in the light of the recent phenomenon of the information superhighway. The church must deal in "information superhighways" as well as highways to survive in the coming millennium.
-Publisher

"The twentieth century has been the scene of constant and unparalleled change. The seminaries have not been exempt from this change, as evidenced by the inclusion of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and gays and lesbians in the ranks of students and all forms of ministry. The church has undergone major theological shifts as well, as these new ministers bring their own experiences and belief systems to the church. Donald E. Messer believes that the church must hear these experiences in order for it to continue to grow and meet the challenges of the new millennium. It is in this spirit, of opening the church to the strength of its diversity, that Messer believes God is Calling Church & Seminary into the 21st Century." "Messer believes that this may best be accomplished by the church celebrating, not ignoring, the variety of voices and experiences within its community. These voices must not only be heard, but recognized as equal to those that have dominated the church for two thousand years, often to the exclusion of dissenters. The church must also learn to communicate in a new way in order to remain relevant in this era of technological advancement. The verse from Isaiah 40:3 - "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God" - takes on new meaning when viewed in the light of the recent phenomenon of the information superhighway. The church must deal in "information superhighways" as well as highways to survive in the coming millennium."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 209777
  • Product Code 0687013518
  • EAN 9780687013517
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Abingdon Press
  • Publication Date May 1995
  • Dimensions 236 x 159 x 18mm
  • Weight 0.369kg

Donald Messer

Donald E. Messer is an educator, author, practical theologian, civil rights activist, and United Methodist clergyman recognized worldwide for his humanitarian service combating world hunger and HIV/AIDS. He is the author of 15 books, including Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: Christian Churches and the Global AIDS Crisis and Ending Hunger Now (coauthored with Senators George McGovern and Bob Dole).

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