Saturday, May 20, 2006

Teaching and Learning Strategies for Religious Leadership Formation

The American diaspora of peoples from around the world, requires their religious traditions to adapt to the new environment. For some, traditional theologies and practices of training clergy and religious leaders are changing in creative ways to address religious pluralism and relations with people of other faiths.

"How does your religious tradition prepare its clergy and religious leaders to relate with people of other faiths?” we asked a panel of leading scholars from Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Afro-Caribbean and Christian (Catholic, Orthdox and Protestant) traditions.

Their reflections are published in the current (April 2006)issue of Teaching Theology and Religion, a professional journal for educators of Theology and Religion. Kathleen Talvacchia and I were Guest Co-Editors of the issue. The gathering of these scholars would not have been possible without the able assistance of Lucinda Mosher.

The journal is available in most theological libraries. You can read the summaries of the articles at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion by clicking on the title at the top of this post. It is also at


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