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By Lisa M. Hess

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

Artisanal Theology explores the paradoxes and surprises that wait 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 modern associations of theological schooling, whose riches should be mined in a disciplined non secular stewardship and down to earth in appreciably covenantal companionship. similar to artisanal bread blends the classical tools of bread-baking with sleek conveniences, so an artisanal theology depends the non-public and communal contact of human courting amidst the modern sorts 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, recognized 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 advance of contextual non secular formation is one way or the other assumed--as if it have been a few spinoff of years of rigorous research. the reality, notwithstanding, is this is sort of by no means the case, a fact to which turning out 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, government Presbyter, Presbytery of the Miami Valley

"Lisa Hess is a clean and beautifully home-grown voice on the planet of theological schooling. analyzing Artisanal Theology is an adventure of what Hess calls 'expressive theological delight.' a person intending to be a devoted Christian within the seminary context--students and academics alike--will relish the deep knowledge during this book."
--Arthur Holder, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

"Those who train and write within the parts of Christian schooling, non secular formation, sensible theology, and theological schooling frequently be afflicted by the twin challenge of articulating a transparent highbrow id and a transparent theological voice. not just does Hess no longer 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 has to be heard!"
--Willie Jennings, Duke Divinity School

Lisa M. Hess is Assistant Professor of useful Theology and Contextual Ministries at United Theological Seminary. She is note & Sacrament minister within the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the writer of various articles at the modern demanding situations of religious practice.

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