Started by Dave Likeness, January 17, 2014, 04:38:18 PM
Quote from: Dave Likeness on January 19, 2014, 11:09:33 AMAccording to Pastor Donna's comments, therewas a serious attempt to study the issue of8 ELCA seminaries already in the mid-1990's.Yet, they simply dug in and refused to heedany advice. The ELCA still has 6 free-standingseminaries which continue to engage in thebattle of the survival of the fittest. It seemsthat only the lack of financial resources willforce each seminary to take some type of action.
Quote from: LutherMan on January 19, 2014, 02:02:31 PMFr. S, How many RC sems are there in the US, any idea?
Quote from: LutherMan on January 19, 2014, 04:03:03 PMNot sure how accurate these wiki stats are but:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roman_Catholic_seminariesUnited StatesAccording to the 2010 Official Catholic Directory, as of 2009 there are 189 seminaries with 5,131 students in the United States; 3,319 diocesan seminarians and 1,812 religious seminarians. By the official 2011 statistics, there are 5,247 seminarians (3,394 diocesan and 1,853 religious) in the United States.
Quote from: LutherMan on January 19, 2014, 04:48:00 PMThanks for the breakdown, good info...
Quote from: John_Hannah on January 19, 2014, 05:50:37 PM One seminary may have to go.
Quote from: John_Hannah on January 19, 2014, 05:50:37 PMI understand that there are now about 2,000 (out of 6,000) LCMS congregation that cannot afford to have a pastor.
Quote from: GalRevRedux on January 19, 2014, 07:33:43 AMThe ELCA underwent a deep study of Theological Education (headed by Dr. Phyllis Anderson) in the early 1990s which concluded that 8 seminaries would not be viable in the future. There was a recommendation that "clusters" be formed and educational responsibilities be divided up among the entities. (a crude summary, but I remember it that way - I was on a seminary board at that time).The reality, in my experience, was that the seminaries instead engaged in entrenchment and were seeking to stake out their territories, so to speak, in order to NOT be merged/purged out of existence. You don't hear much about the clusters anymore. I don't see that the recommendations bore too much fruit.
Quote from: The Rev. Steven P. Tibbetts, STS on January 19, 2014, 06:13:59 PMAnd the Jesuit School of Theology, while remaining in Berkeley, is now a graduate school of Santa Clara University (a Jesuit university near the San Jose airport -- interestingly not the nearer University of San Francisco, also Jesuit). Pax, Steven+