First week on the job, I am learning the ropes of the Consortium office, and spending final days facilitating the DMin case study process at Virginia Theological Seminary. I am struck by how resourceful theological students and pastors are at resourcing their own ministry, and how cross-denominational their searches are–for models of ministry, theological frameworks, and ways to link social thought to Christian practice. This kind of ecumenical learning, on the ground, is one of the hopes for strengthening theological education and the ecumenical movement.
Many thanks to Fr. Crossin, Clyde Taylor, and Marguerite Connolly and others at the Consortium for their hours of orienting me to the vital mission of this organization, and its many schools and associates!