Authority and Intimacy: Forming Whole Persons for the Classroom and the Congregation

Authority and Intimacy: 
Forming Whole Persons for the Classroom and the Congregation

Friday, September 26, 2008
9:30 a.m. -- 3:30 p.m.
Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th Street
The University of Chicago

Most Divinity School graduates will find work either in academia or the church. In both fields the practitioners have an authoritative role, as teachers or preachers. They also do more intimate work, dealing with individuals-students or congregation members-as people in need. This conference looked at how the Divinity School, and places like it, prepares students to take on these multiple roles, and how they can be helped to integrate these roles into their whole lives. Better integrated graduates will be more effective professors and ministers. Key questions included:

How do students take on authority, as teachers or ministers?
What role does authority play in academia, the church, and society?
What is the proper role for intimacy in the classroom or the church?
What are its limits?

Here is the schedule for the day:

9:30 AM: Registration and coffee—lobby of Swift Hall

10 AM: Historical context of preparation for ministry and preparation for teaching—Clark Gilpin, Professor of the History of Christianity, Divinity School
Audio now available

11 AM: Authority and intimacy in practice
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Rev. Larry Jackson, Pastor, Jackson Boulevard Christian Church
Hannah Schell, Professor of Religion, Monmouth College
Rev. Amy Snedecker, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Rev. William Schweiker, Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Martin Marty Center, Divinity School

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:30: Teaching and ministry as vocations—Mark Schwehn, Professor of Humanities, Valparaiso University
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3 PM: Closing reception

The conference is sponsored by the Border Crossing Project, an initiative at the Divinity School focusing on the relationship of the professions of teaching and ministry. The project is supported by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.