Autumn 2002

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Do you talk seriously to teenagers?

In theological language ordinary people understand.
Issue: Autumn 2002
Department: Focal point
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Ask them, read them all

Mark Isaac, a Gen-X pastor of the Mennonite Bethren, suggests asking young people in the church to lead. Dean Hempelmann, a Missouri Synod Lutheran educator, finds In Trust useful in framing discussions.
Issue: Autumn 2002
Department: Soundings
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Fearfully and wonderfully made

Science and art, mind and spirit meet in living bodies: your own, the church's, even your board's. Knowing, exploring, and celebrating what enlivens you is a necessary piece of trusteeship. Associate editor Melinda Heppe peels back the layers in more than a metaphorical way and suggests that what isn't found is the substance that enlivens the body.
Issue: Autumn 2002
Topic(s): Governance wise practices , Spiritual life
Department: Spirit matters
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Are there any good guys in a bad system?

Business Ethics magazine's editor explores current business scandals and invites exploration of "economic democracy."
Issue: Autumn 2002
Topic(s): Financial health (institutional)
Department: Balance sheet
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Students younger but no more diverse

It is a truism that there is no such thing as a typical seminarian. Brand new college graduates are heading toward theological education in increasing numbers. At the same time, recruitment of minorities seems to have stalled. What do you know about the makeup of the student body in the seminary that you serve, and how would you change it?
Issue: Autumn 2002
Topic(s): Diversity, equality, inclusion , Enrollment / student recruiting
Department: Field notes
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Meeting the seminary's main body

If students were no more than your school’s products-in-process, it would still be wise for trustees to get to know them. In fact, though, students are central to the school’s life, and they can give those responsible for governance a view of the institution that nobody else can. How does your board interact with your student body—formally or informally, as a group or individually, at study, prayer, or play?
Issue: Autumn 2002
Topic(s): Embedded schools , Governance wise practices
Department: Tool box
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U.S. unchurched said to be on the increase

Ups and downs: The number of Americans expressing no denominational affiliation is going up while the long slide in Canadian church membership appears to have halted and may even have begun to reverse. In both countries a strong sense of spirituality is noted by researchers.
Issue: Autumn 2002
Topic(s): News / trends
Department: Changing scenes
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Dream nourishing
A review of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith

Title: Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith
Author: Sharon Daloz Parks
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Issue: Autumn 2002
Department: Books
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Devil's Playground
A review

Title: Devil’s Playground
Author: Lucy Walker
Publisher: HBO-Cinemax
Issue: Autumn 2002
Department: Books
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Black & white through rose-colored glasses
A review of Goodbye! Good Men: How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church

Title: Goodbye! Good Men: How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church
Author: Michael S. Rose
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Issue: Autumn 2002
Department: Books
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Spirit Stoking
A review of Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction

Title: Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction
Author: David G. Benner
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Issue: Autumn 2002
Department: Books
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Experience bridging
A review of Teenagers: An American History

Title: Teenagers: An American History
Author: Grace Palladino
Publisher: Basic Books
Issue: Autumn 2002
Department: Books
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