The other week I borrowed a friend’s copy of “a genuinely educated ministry”: Three Studies on Theological Education in the Uniting Church of Australia by Andrew Dutney, principal of Parkin-Wesley College in Adelaide.
It’s a collection of Dutney’s three research projects submitted for a course at Flinders University designed for educational administrators and managers. As such, each section reads like an academic report (which may not be your cup of tea), but I found it quite accessible, though each report draws upon common material so sometimes I skimmed ahead.
Each project is oriented around a different question or subject:
- Part 1. An historical study of the place of theological education in the inherited traditions of the Uniting Church in Australia
- Which looked at tensions that can arise from different views of theological education within Reformed and Methodist traditions
- Part 2. Theological education in the Uniting Church in Australia: historical trajectories and the future
- Which, in part, looked at how different parts of the church viewed their roles in the shaping and control of theological education, as well as the impact of para-church educators
- Part 3. Where do our ministers come from now?
- The issues arising from candidates for ministry coming for training later in life, often with prior theological education, and often already established in lay ministry.
That’s only a brief summary of some of the points in the book, but if you’re interested in theological education and some of the issues it faces in this part of the world then it’s well worth the read.
- New Books at Parkin-Wesley College
- A couple of Bible studies by Andrew Dutney at the recent Presbytery and Synod of SA meeting: Part 1 (mp3) and Part 2 (mp3).
- I can’t remember if I cited this in the thesis, but I definitely skimmed Dutney’s book “Playing God: Ethics and Faith” and found it interesting.