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Title: Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools
Author: Aleshire, Daniel O
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2008
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802863614
Volumes: 1; Pages: 197
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In Earthen Vessels, Daniel Aleshire, executive director of the Association for Theological Schools, makes the case for the future of theological education in a personal and conversational essay.Rather than using a historical or analytic approach, Aleshire uses what he terms 'appreciative inquiry' to identify the strengths of theological education and how they can support future work in the field. By describing this work and its far-reaching benefits, he aims to inform school board members, donors, administrators, and faculty who may be seeking to understand the bigger picture of their institutions.Aleshire organizes the book into three parts. The first makes the case for theological schools by describing the work they were intended to do and the contributions they make. The second focuses on the nature of their work teaching, learning, and research. Finally the third describes the partners who make this work possible. Aleshire notes that much of the future of these schools will be framed by changes in these partners administration, the church, and the higher education community and the ways that schools change in response.