By Lisa M. Hess
Artisanal Theology explores the paradoxes and surprises that look ahead to these strolling within the worlds of theological education--the neighborhood congregation, the academy, the tradition/denomination. half instruction manual, half witness, it bargains tips for the trail of intentional formation inside of modern associations of theological schooling, whose riches will be mined in a disciplined non secular stewardship and down to earth in substantially covenantal companionship. similar to artisanal bread blends the classical tools of bread-baking with sleek conveniences, so an artisanal theology depends the private and communal contact of human courting amidst the modern kinds of programmatic theological schooling. An artisanal theology deals an articulate and traditionally-rooted religion standpoint grounded in covenantal companionships sustained in contexts of church, culture, and, most significantly, perform. finally, an artisanal theology witnesses past the expected political divides to the Triune God-among-us, recognized in a theologically expressive pride, in a position to better half the anguish of self and others.
"A conundrum confronted via many venture theological schooling is that the improvement of contextual non secular formation is by some means assumed--as if it have been a few spinoff of years of rigorous examine. the reality, even if, is this is sort of by no means the case, a fact to which starting to be numbers of former clergy stand in testomony. In Artisanal Theology Lisa Hess explores the perform of this formation: its richness, its nourishment, and its worth for either the outward and inward orientations of God's presents in ministry."
--Dennis H. Piermont, govt Presbyter, Presbytery of the Miami Valley
"Lisa Hess is a clean and fantastically home-grown voice on the planet of theological schooling. studying Artisanal Theology is an event of what Hess calls 'expressive theological delight.' an individual intending to be a loyal Christian within the seminary context--students and academics alike--will have fun with the deep knowledge during this book."
--Arthur Holder, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
"Those who train and write within the components of Christian schooling, religious formation, sensible theology, and theological schooling usually be afflicted by the twin challenge of articulating a transparent highbrow id and a transparent theological voice. not just does Hess now not be afflicted by both of those difficulties, her paintings is a robust antidote for them. transparent, insightful, and creatively orthodox, this therapy of theological formation declares a robust leap forward for these laboring in these disciplines inside of a occasionally unresponsive theological academy. Lisa Hess has to be heard!"
--Willie Jennings, Duke Divinity School
Lisa M. Hess is Assistant Professor of sensible Theology and Contextual Ministries at United Theological Seminary. She is observe & Sacrament minister within the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the writer of various articles at the modern demanding situations of non secular practice.
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