Episcopal seminaries face uncertain finances, future

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c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In the cloistered world of Episcopal seminaries, time sometimes seems to stand still as clergy-in-training gather in stone chapels to pray in ways familiar to their forebears centuries earlier. But the semblance of timelessness can be deceiving. Some of the 11 seminaries affiliated with the Episcopal Church are slashing […]

  • Kevin White

    I have believe I have a calling. I am an Episcopalian and would like to stay with this church. I would like to go to a seminary. It is just not possible since I cannot raise the money. If I were a Roman Catholic this would not be a problem. I may choose an alternative ordination approach, I may convert.

  • The Rev. Jon Roberts

    This is a pretty accurate editorial on the demise of the PECUSA seminaries in America. Dean Hall, Seabury Western, fails to add that the seminary concept was modeled from monastic communities which go back way further than the early 19th C throughout the world and dove-tailed on the residential structures supported by both the Franciscans and the Dominicans. Perhaps he meant only for PECUSA. It should be noted that Nashotah House was formed on the model of St. Benedict’s rule of life, “Work, Study, Prayer” and this is not deemed conservative, it is believed to be pious. In this word we are to consider it in its most positive light, which means to be holy. Hall was also quoted in the latest Living Church, on being a Christian: “At least to me, to be a Christian person does not mean that you have literally to subscribe to a confessional faith statement about the literal veracity of creedal and biblical propositions”. OK, let’s set the issue of homosexuality aside and why don’t we just say the seminaries who do not profess the Nicene, Apostles or Athanasian Creed are at risk. This is no surprise as the Creed is no longer used in many parishes such as those in the Northeast and California. It is my opinion that the one line, “He will come again to judge the living and the dead”, confronts the issue of righteousness and addresses the nature of sin. The Creed has always helped us maintain a rule of life that links the temporal to the infinite. Historically, any Christian not bound to this confessional statement of faith has usually fallen into the error we call heresy.