Atlantic School of Theology Presents Original Graduate Project Research
Halifax, Nova Scotia, January 18, 2013 – Atlantic School of Theology Presents “Love This Church: Living Provocative Paradoxes” March 6 and 7, 2013 at St. Columba Chapel, 634 Francklyn Street, Halifax NS.
Each year the school showcases final year graduate students’ research projects and this year there is an array of interesting topics, such as bi-vocational ministry, exploration into parents of children with autism and their experience of church, embodied worship, study on church embezzlement, adult baptism, sexuality in church, living out the New Evangelization in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth as well as an exploration into Cruxifusion in The United Church.
One of the graduate students, Penny Nelson, says, “While we harbour no illusion about the problem of the church today, these projects lead us to affirm and embody church pride with shameless love for the call of the church to faithfully live out the gospel message in the midst of a challenging world.”
The chosen title, “Love this church: Living Provocative Paradoxes” highlights a common theme that runs through the topics. “The topic affirms an ecumenical love for church while holding up the fact that we live in a way that sometimes seem contradictory. The issues explore challenging and perplexing questions that we have identified within our studies as problematic or requiring further exploration.” says a another grad student Krista Anderson.
Grad student Ejike Okonkwo says “There are “issues” about the church that we love. One reality is that we have not come to a perfect grasp of our humanity as we talk about the church and live the church. What is exactly the mission of the church in our world today? We love the church; we tend to be separated from the church and yet connected to the church. We love the church but we expect the church to do this/that for us. These are the human elements or realities of our church.”
The presentations are on March 6th & 7th and are open to the public beginning at 9 am. You can find more information about the program on the Atlantic School of Theology website, Facebook at www.facebook.com/ASTpresents2013 or by emailing the address found below. Lunch can be purchased on campus for a nominal fee.
Atlantic School of Theology is an ecumenical school that provides theological education since 1878. The school is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. They offer Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theology and Religious Studies) degrees, a ten credit Graduate Certificate Program in Theological Studies, an Adult Education Certificate in Theological Studies, and a Diploma in Youth Ministry. Courses are available on campus and on-line.
Public Relations Committee for Graduate Projects
Dr. Susan Willhauck
Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia