This is my latest for The Huffington Post. I will be attending a FTE Leadership Forum in Chicago from June 4-7, 2014.
Theology is an important area of study that is slowly being pushed to the margins. This may have some validity, except that allied studies and disciplines, such as music, literature, and graphic art is simultaneously being squeezed out of curricula. Institutions, Religion departments and Theology departments are losing funding and are shrinking. In Seminaries, if they are remaining healthy, it is due to shifting professional training from the pastoral to the clinical, creating professionals who treat people in much the same way as psychologists, rather than as spiritual directors or chaplains. Continue reading