Engle Institute of Preaching Initiated
Princeton Seminary is pleased to announce the creation of the annual
Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching, which will kick off in June 2003.
Established through a generous gift from Joe R. Engle, a member of the
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, the institute is
designed to support, nurture, and encourage pastors in the practice and
art of preaching.
Hispanic Theological Initiative News
This past summer, Latino and Latina theological scholars from the U.S. and
Puerto Rico gathered at Princeton Seminary for a workshop and lectureship
sponsored by the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI).
Calvin Congress Convenes
About a hundred Calvin scholars gathered in Princeton in August for the
eighth quadrennial International Congress on Calvin Research.
PTS Teach-In Says “No” to Attacking Iraq
On Wednesday evening, October 16, with PTS’s largest lecture hall filled
to capacity, four PTS professors launched an attack against the possible
United States invasion of Iraq. The teach-in—whose posters advertised,
“Attack Iraq? NO!”—sought to encourage the Princeton community to question
the Bush administration’s case for an offensive war and to hold its
Anglican Scholar Illuminates Doctrine of the Trinity in Light of Gender
Sarah Coakley, a priest in the Church of England’s Diocese of Oxford and a
professor at Harvard University Divinity School, gave the annual Stone
Lectures (the oldest lectureship at PTS, established in 1871) this
fall on the topic “God, Sexuality, and the Self: A Theology of the
Trinity.” She described the theme of her lectures as “the messy
entanglement of sexual desire and the desire for God.”
Examining the Theology of
“I’m raising some critical questions about how [in India] Dalit theology
and tribal theology have crystallized,” Sathianathan Clarke said of his
lectures for the annual Students’ Lectureship on Missions. “And I’m
looking at ways in which, perhaps, they have replicated a certain caste
mentality that may not have been helpful in their own liberation.”
PTS Forms Spiritual Direction Groups
Responding to desires to explore a relationship with God experientially,
PTS is offering spiritual direction groups for students and for faculty
and administrators. These groups of six to eight individuals, who are
seeking to be more attentive and responsive to God’s presence, meet
bimonthly with experienced spiritual directors to contemplate their
spiritual journeys through silence, reflection, sharing, and prayer for
one another and the world.
New Courses for Laity Offered at Center of Continuing Education
Although it has historically served clergy, Christian educators, and other
church leaders, the Seminary’s Center of Continuing Education has decided
to branch out and offer adult noncredit education courses to people with
no formal theological education.
Andrew Young Presented with Abraham Kuyper Award
Andrew Young received the Seminary’s annual Abraham Kuyper Prize for
Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. Young is chair of
GoodWorks International, a company he cofounded to energize the private
sector to produce economic development in Africa and the Caribbean.
Faculty, Staff, and Trustee News
Seminary Saturday Welcomes Visitors to Campus
On a cloudy October Saturday, PTS welcomed about 260 youth and adults to
campus for Seminary Saturday. This annual event is a way to introduce
people to the mission of the Seminary and to strengthen ties with the
New Faces on Campus
Upcoming Continuing Education Events
Events for Winter/Spring 2003.
The Class of 2002 Gives Labyrinth to the Seminary
Princeton Theological Seminary has a new labyrinth to add to this list.
The canvas 24-foot, seven-circuit labyrinth was given to the Seminary as a
gift by the Class of 2002, so that faculty, staff, students, visitors, and
alumni/ae could use it to enhance their walk with God.
Practical Steps toward Thriving in Ministry
Several years ago, a group of seniors approached the Seminary with a
request that additional opportunities be provided for practical skill
development in areas that students are likely to encounter in their first
few years of ministry. Thriving in Ministry, a series of six seminars
during the academic year, was created in response.
Another Successful Health Fair!
On Tuesday, October 8, a beautiful fall day, PTS’s Wholistic Health
Initiative held its second annual wholistic health fair on the Seminary
campus. Two hundred students, staff, and faculty strolled from table to
table seeing what various exhibitors had to offer for healthier