The Washington Theological Consortium Board of Trustees voted to receive the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) in Washington, DC as the newest Consortium member as of July 1, 2020. Along with Associate and Affiliate members of the Consortium, MOTB will enhance Consortium and member school programs under a new category of membership: “Public Educational Institution” that has direct relevance for theological education.
The Museum of the Bible describes itself as “an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the history, narrative and impact of the Bible.” The Chief Curatorial Officer at the Museum, Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, said, “Museum of the Bible invites everyone to engage with the Bible’s history, narrative, and global impact. As the newest member of the Washington Theological Consortium, we are excited to collaborate in the pursuit of education and interfaith understanding with [its] institutions and with the wider public.”
Over months, Consortium faculty groups, librarians, and Board members visited the Museum of the Bible to learn how their exhibits can be utilized in teaching, ways that artifacts can enhance the research of faculty members and students, and how co-sponsored events can strengthen public education. After considerable study and several conversations with MOTB staff, the Consortium Board affirmed the steady progress the MOTB is making with issues of provenance in its collection and with its growing ecumenical and interfaith outreach.
The Executive Director of the Consortium, Dr. Larry Golemon, said, “we are excited about this new partnership as it will enhance the public educational outreach of both institutions and deepen the academic study of the Bible, its cultures, and its history.” For more information about this new partnership and creative ways that Consortium members can engage the MOTB, contact Larry at [email protected] or call the Consortium office.