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Christian Century features Wayman article as cover story

By Carla Morris

An essay by Greenville University’s Ben Wayman ’02, professor of theology, appears as the cover story in the February 24, 2021 issue of The Christian Century.

“Imagining the future of theological education” draws from recent conversations Wayman shared with leading theologians Rowan Williams, Justo González, Emilie Townes, and Sam Wells.

“In some respects, this piece is the culmination of my sabbatical last spring,” says Wayman, “and I'm so glad to see the Century gave the piece such a prominent place in their offerings.”

Cvr-ChristianCent.pngWayman interviewed the theologians individually. Earlier accounts of his conversations with Justo Gonzálezand Rowan Williams appeared in Christianity Today. View them here

Rowan Williams: Theological Education Is for Everyone
Justo González: Seminaries Need More Latinos


Wayman describes his interview subjects as “saints who have used their gifts to shape the church in faithfulness.” 

Their insights come at a time when theological education is steeped in crisis: Nine seminaries have closed in the last ten years, most in the last five years. Still, Wayman discovered “passionate optimism” among all four theologians. They share the belief that theological education is “an essential work of the church,” not necessarily a function of the university. 

Invited to imagine possibilities, they shared vibrant examples that excited them and fueled Wayman’s subsequent reflections as well.

The Christian Century informs and shapes mainline Christianity. It explores what it means to believe and live out the Christian faith today. Last fall, it featured another article by Wayman, “Why do Christians protest?”

This story was published on February 25, 2021

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