Winter 2003
Volume 7 Number 2

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Engle Institute of Preaching Initiated

Princeton Seminary is pleased to announce the creation of the annual Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching, which will kick off in June 2003. Established through a generous gift from Joe R. Engle, a member of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, the institute is designed to support, nurture, and encourage pastors in the practice and art of preaching.

Hispanic Theological Initiative News

This past summer, Latino and Latina theological scholars from the U.S. and Puerto Rico gathered at Princeton Seminary for a workshop and lectureship sponsored by the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI).

Calvin Congress Convenes in Princeton

About a hundred Calvin scholars gathered in Princeton in August for the eighth quadrennial International Congress on Calvin Research.

PTS Teach-In Says “No” to Attacking Iraq

On Wednesday evening, October 16, with PTS’s largest lecture hall filled to capacity, four PTS professors launched an attack against the possible United States invasion of Iraq. The teach-in—whose posters advertised, “Attack Iraq? NO!”—sought to encourage the Princeton community to question the Bush administration’s case for an offensive war and to hold its government accountable.

Anglican Scholar Illuminates Doctrine of the Trinity in Light of Gender

Sarah Coakley, a priest in the Church of England’s Diocese of Oxford and a professor at Harvard University Divinity School, gave the annual Stone Lectures (the oldest lectureship at PTS, established in 1871) this fall on the topic “God, Sexuality, and the Self: A Theology of the Trinity.” She described the theme of her lectures as “the messy entanglement of sexual desire and the desire for God.”

Examining the Theology of the Oppressed

“I’m raising some critical questions about how [in India] Dalit theology and tribal theology have crystallized,” Sathianathan Clarke said of his lectures for the annual Students’ Lectureship on Missions. “And I’m looking at ways in which, perhaps, they have replicated a certain caste mentality that may not have been helpful in their own liberation.”

PTS Forms Spiritual Direction Groups

Responding to desires to explore a relationship with God experientially, PTS is offering spiritual direction groups for students and for faculty and administrators. These groups of six to eight individuals, who are seeking to be more attentive and responsive to God’s presence, meet bimonthly with experienced spiritual directors to contemplate their spiritual journeys through silence, reflection, sharing, and prayer for one another and the world.

New Courses for Laity Offered at Center of Continuing Education

Although it has historically served clergy, Christian educators, and other church leaders, the Seminary’s Center of Continuing Education has decided to branch out and offer adult noncredit education courses to people with no formal theological education.

Andrew Young Presented with Abraham Kuyper Award

Andrew Young received the Seminary’s annual Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. Young is chair of GoodWorks International, a company he cofounded to energize the private sector to produce economic development in Africa and the Caribbean.

Faculty, Staff, and Trustee News


Faculty Publications


Seminary Saturday Welcomes Visitors to Campus

On a cloudy October Saturday, PTS welcomed about 260 youth and adults to campus for Seminary Saturday. This annual event is a way to introduce people to the mission of the Seminary and to strengthen ties with the local community.

New Faces on Campus


Upcoming Continuing Education Events

Events for Winter/Spring 2003.

The Class of 2002 Gives Labyrinth to the Seminary

Princeton Theological Seminary has a new labyrinth to add to this list. The canvas 24-foot, seven-circuit labyrinth was given to the Seminary as a gift by the Class of 2002, so that faculty, staff, students, visitors, and alumni/ae could use it to enhance their walk with God.

Practical Steps toward Thriving in Ministry

Several years ago, a group of seniors approached the Seminary with a request that additional opportunities be provided for practical skill development in areas that students are likely to encounter in their first few years of ministry. Thriving in Ministry, a series of six seminars during the academic year, was created in response.

Another Successful Health Fair!

On Tuesday, October 8, a beautiful fall day, PTS’s Wholistic Health Initiative held its second annual wholistic health fair on the Seminary campus. Two hundred students, staff, and faculty strolled from table to table seeing what various exhibitors had to offer for healthier lifestyles.

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