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By Lisa M. Hess

Paradox and shock face those that pursue deeper non secular perform, theological knowledge, or even a spiritual calling "into the ministry." Unbeknownst to incoming scholars, the pursuit of theological schooling in confirmed associations at the present time furthers a religion that's recognizable in pride and compassion, whilst it will possibly simply as simply deform it right into a ethical accountability and independent professionalism so divisive in contemporary spiritual ecology. How may well these drawn into ministry formation at the present time obtain its deep theological treasures and maintain a colourful religion with a theologically expressive satisfaction in a position to significant other the discomfort of self and others?

Artisanal Theology explores the paradoxes and surprises that watch for these strolling within the worlds of theological education--the neighborhood congregation, the academy, the tradition/denomination. half guide, half witness, it bargains information for the trail of intentional formation inside of modern associations of theological schooling, whose riches might be mined in a disciplined religious 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 private and communal contact of human dating amidst the modern types of programmatic theological schooling. An artisanal theology deals 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, identified in a theologically expressive satisfaction, in a position to spouse the discomfort of self and others.

"A conundrum confronted by way of 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 derivative of years of rigorous learn. the reality, in spite of 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 beautifully home-grown voice on this planet of theological schooling. analyzing Artisanal Theology is an adventure of what Hess calls 'expressive theological delight.' an individual intending to be a devoted Christian within the seminary context--students and academics alike--will savor the deep knowledge during this book."
--Arthur Holder, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

"Those who educate and write within the components of Christian schooling, religious 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 remedy of theological formation pronounces a robust breakthrough 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 observe & Sacrament minister within the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the writer of diverse articles at the modern demanding situations of religious practice.

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