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Educating Clergy: Teaching Practices and Pastoral Imagination


reviewed by Cynthia A. Wells December 07, 2006

coverTitle: Educating Clergy: Teaching Practices and Pastoral Imagination
Author(s): Charles R. Foster, Lisa E. Dahill, Lawrence A. Golemon, & Barbara Wang Tolentino
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787977446 , Pages: 464, Year: 2005
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At first glance, Educating Clergy: Teaching Practices and the Pastoral Imagination seems an unlikely reference for a scholar and teacher in undergraduate, liberal arts education. Emerging from the Carnegie Foundation’s comprehensive research on professional education, Foster, Dahill, Goleman, and Tolentino engage two overarching questions in this text: first, how does seminary education “cultivate a pastoral, rabbinic, or priestly imagination that integrates knowledge and skill with religious commitment and moral integrity for professional practice” (p. 327)? And secondly, how do “various historic traditions of clergy education perpetuated in seminaries missions and institutional cultures influence the classroom and communal pedagogies and students’ experience” (p. 14)? In addressing these questions, the authors contend that effective clergy preparation includes developing interpretive capacities, nurturing dispositions and habits, heightening student consciousness, and fostering excellence in performance. Ultimately, Educating Clergy offers crucial insights for teaching and learning not only in seminary education but also in broader educational... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 07, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12881, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 5:14:14 PM

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