Ensuring Our Future
We seek fully endowed faculty positions for core curricular areas: Pastoral Theology and Leadership, Christian Ethics and Moral Theology, Biblical Studies in Old Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies in New Testament, and Anglican Studies and Liturgics. We will build the endowments of our core chairs and we have the possibility of creating new chairs. Endowed chairs help us attract, retain, and honor outstanding teachers and scholars. They provide a wellspring of ongoing financial support for teaching, research, and service. This enables faculty to serve more widely, refine their teaching skills, and further enrich students’ lives. Our talented faculty are a resource not only to the seminary community but to the larger Church, local parishes and the community-at-large. As respected authors, teachers and scholars they serve far beyond the campus environs.
Endowed Professorships at Seminary of the Southwest
Through the study of representative movements, theologians, texts and institutions, students learn to give a critical and informed account of principal developments in the history of Christian institutions and theology, especially in relation to Western European, British, and North American Christianity as well as the development of Anglicanism. This core area of study explores the relationships between theological, institutional, cultural, and social developments and equips seminarians to recognize the impact of cross-cultural mediations and conflicts on the development of Christian institutions and doctrines.
At Seminary of the Southwest the Old Testament is studied as Scripture in all its rich variety. Students learn to appreciate how the unfolding drama of God’s work in Israel is presented in all its various literary forms: narrative, saga, proverbs, poetry, and prophetic works. In addition, attention to the historical and social context of the Old Testament enriches our study and equips our students for preaching and teaching in a contemporary context.
Bishop John E. Hines was the primary influence in the 1952 formation of Southwest. He saw the need for the church to have a seminary of its own in the Southwest and established Seminary of the Southwest to equip clergy and laity to proclaim the gospel.
Anglican Studies provide foundational education in Anglican theology, spirituality, and polity and combine classroom study of Anglicanism with living and praying within an Episcopal community, being formed by its ethos and spirituality. Coursework provides for students with varied backgrounds in theological study and lay ministerial experience, who are seeking ordination.
Through the study of classic and contemporary figures, texts, and movements, students come to understand the grammar of Christian ethics and moral theology. Reflecting on the Christian moral life in conversation with scripture, theology, liturgy, and sacraments within the context of the Anglican tradition, students engage the moral discourses of those outside the Christian tradition. Students learn to form communities of love, hospitality, and witness that can make Christ present in response to the moral challenges of the present age.
Systematic theology focuses on the thematic components of Christian theology. Through study students gain skills to apply biblical theology to contemporary questions and issues. This area of study is approached in a way that both encourages and challenges our students as they prepare to be the future leaders of the church and offers them guidance as they come to understand what they believe and why. Theological topics, including the elements of Christian grammar, guide seminarians through the construction and employment of a broadly-based Christian language and prepare them to articulate the language of Christianity in their various vocations.
The Chair in New Testament
New Testament is the collection of early Christian writings that the church read in public worship, valued, honored and recognized as scripture. The Gospels and Epistles, the Acts of the Apostles and Revelation, along with the law, prophets, and writings of the Old Testament, have been at the center of the church’s worship and theological and ethical reflection throughout its history. New Testament courses at Seminary of the Southwest explore the historical and social setting of the writings, their language and literary form, and their interpretation through history and the present.
Studies in Pastoral Theology play an essential role in the formation of strong clergy and church leaders. Through the study of theory and research, through theological and experiential reflection, and in pastoral care case studies, students learn to develop models for church leadership that inform effective and faithful lay and ordained leadership. Students draw on the resources available in scripture, tradition and experience. Studies provide a theological concept of stewardship and bring resources to bear from Anglican and other Christian traditions as well as the social sciences.
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