Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020

Letter from the Editors: Volume 8, Issue 2

Over the past year, we have been working on a project called “Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020.” It was prompted by the recognition that the events of 2020–the COVID-19 pandemic, socioeconomic and political upheavals, a rapidly changing culture–represented a watershed moment in our society and thus in our approach to theological education. The …

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Deeper Crises in the Church That Surfaced Post-2020

Presentation Given at December 1, 2021 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: What deeper crises in the Church have the events of 2020 surfaced, especially in terms of poverty, economic inequalities, health, and loss, and how do these impact the church’s ministry approach? It’s been said, when Whites …

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Response: Deeper Crises in the Church That Surfaced Post-2020

Response to Larry L. Anderson, Jr.’s Presentation at December 1, 2021 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: What deeper crises in the Church have the events of 2020 surfaced, especially in terms of poverty, economic inequalities, health, and loss, and how do these impact the church’s ministry approach? …

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The Impact of George Floyd’s Murder on the Church

Presentation Given at December 1, 2021 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: How did the murder of George Floyd impact churches and ministries in the greater Philadelphia area? The fury of generations rained down on the United States of America in the wake of the public torture and …

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Response: The Impact of George Floyd’s Murder on the Church

Response to Kimberlee A. Johnson’s Presentation at December 1, 2021 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project The murder of George Floyd was a catalytic event within modern American history. When it comes to the progress of civil rights within the American social landscape, the murder of Floyd coupled with the …

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Racial Ramifications of 2020

Focus Group Report Given at December 1, 2021 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Background The purpose of this focus group conversation was to understand the racial ramifications of COVID-19. There were several considerations that we, as facilitators, took to create a representational group. We thought about people’s church contexts …

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Localized Incarnational Ministry After 2020

Presentation Given at March 2, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: What does localized incarnational ministry, contextualized worship and congregation, communal spiritual formation, etc. look like? In December 2019, an outbreak in Wuhan in central China was the source of a novel virus that could not be …

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Response: Localized Incarnational Ministry After 2020

Response to Carlos Worthy’s Presentation at March 2, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: What does localized incarnational ministry, contextualized worship and congregation, communal spiritual formation, etc. look like? My first comment is that the question itself is a bit too large and comprehensive on which a …

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Youth Ministry after COVID-19

Focus Group Report Given at March 2, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Background The purpose of this focus group conversation was to understand the ramifications of COVID-19 on youth ministry in the Philadelphia area. For the focus group, we brought together people who represented diverse racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds, denominations, …

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Renewed Relevance of Theological Resources

Presentation Given at May 4, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: What are the theological resources that we have drawn on and have found renewed relevance in during the crises of 2020 and will need to inform future theological reflection? Introduction I currently serve as Academic Dean …

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Response: Renewed Relevance of Theological Resources

Response to R. Todd Mangum’s Presentation at May 4, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: What are the theological resources that we have drawn on and have found renewed relevance in during the crises of 2020 and will need to inform future theological reflection? In his thought-provoking …

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Response: Mental Health Needs of Urban Communities

Response to Desiree Guyton’s Presentation at May 4, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: What are the mental health needs of urban communities, and how do Christian congregations shift to address them? Although some precedent literature highlights that there are mental health benefits for people living in …

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Development and Shifting of Urban Culture

Presentation Given at May 4, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: How has the urban culture, in which the younger generations are growing up, developed and shifted, and what impact does this have on intercultural discipleship and leadership development? Imagination During a Time of Uncertainty Are we …

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New Shape of Ministry Leadership and Innovations in Ministry

Presentation Given at May 4, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: What new shape of ministry leadership and innovations in ministry are required in the post-pandemic world, and what is required of theological education institutions to address these needs? Introduction The amount and frequency of change our …

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Response: New Shape of Ministry Leadership and Innovations in Ministry

Response to J.R. Briggs’s Presentation at May 4, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project Presentation Question: What new shape of ministry leadership and innovations in ministry are required in the post-pandemic world, and what is required of theological education institutions to address these needs? The church and, in turn, …

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Seminary Life and the Future of Theological Education in Philadelphia from the Student Perspective

Focus Group Report Given at May 4, 2022 Colloquium Part of Educating Urban Ministers in Philadelphia After 2020 project The focus group consisted of current seminary students or recent graduates from seminary. They all attend or attended seminaries in the Philadelphia region. The seminaries represented included Missio Theological Seminary, Palmer Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological …

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