By Lisa M. Hess
Artisanal Theology explores the paradoxes and surprises that wait for these jogging within the worlds of theological education--the neighborhood congregation, the academy, the tradition/denomination. half instruction manual, half witness, it deals assistance for the trail of intentional formation inside modern associations of theological schooling, whose riches should be mined in a disciplined non secular stewardship and down to earth in considerably covenantal companionship. similar to artisanal bread blends the classical tools of bread-baking with smooth conveniences, so an artisanal theology depends the non-public and communal contact of human dating amidst the modern sorts of programmatic theological schooling. An artisanal theology bargains an articulate and traditionally-rooted religion point of view grounded in covenantal companionships sustained in contexts of church, culture, and, most significantly, perform. eventually, an artisanal theology witnesses past the predicted political divides to the Triune God-among-us, recognized in a theologically expressive satisfaction, in a position to significant other the anguish of self and others.
"A conundrum confronted via many project theological schooling is that the advance of contextual religious formation is in some way assumed--as if it have been a few spinoff of years of rigorous examine. the reality, despite the fact that, is this is nearly by no means the case, a fact to which growing 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 price 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 earth of theological schooling. analyzing Artisanal Theology is an adventure of what Hess calls 'expressive theological delight.' somebody meaning to be a devoted Christian within the seminary context--students and lecturers alike--will savor the deep knowledge during this book."
--Arthur Holder, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
"Those who educate and write within the parts of Christian schooling, non secular formation, functional 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 broadcasts a robust leap forward for these laboring in these disciplines inside of a occasionally unresponsive theological academy. Lisa Hess needs to be heard!"
--Willie Jennings, Duke Divinity School
Lisa M. Hess is Assistant Professor of functional Theology and Contextual Ministries at United Theological Seminary. She is notice & Sacrament minister within the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the writer of diverse articles at the modern demanding situations of non secular practice.
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