Incoming students get introduction to works by Countryman, Meyers
Students enrolling at CDSP in 2016 are receiving a hefty new summer reading list designed by faculty to prepare them for their studies. Two titles on the list will introduce students to some of the significant intellectual work done by CDSP faculty in recent years.
In a 2015 review of this 1999 book by L. William Countryman, Sherman E. Johnson Professor Emeritus in Biblical Studies, Israel Galindo wrote: “Countryman’s book is a worthy contribution to the study of ordination and the issue of the nature of clergy vs. laity. His framework of interpreting clergy as priests among priests is a helpful corrective to overly strict sacerdotal polarities between clergy and lay.” Galindo, of Columbia Theological Seminary, was the consultant to CDSP’s recently concluded curriculum review process.
Ruth Meyers, Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission: Gathering as God’s People, Going Out in God’s Name
Shortly after the 2014 publication of her most recent book, Dean of Academic Affairs and Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics Ruth Meyers said in an interview: “In the book, I propose that missional worship isn’t a matter of particular techniques but rather an approach to worship and to all of congregational life that places God’s mission at the center. Having memorable models invites people to think creatively about a missional approach to worship. … Look outside your doors. See who is in your neighborhood and ponder how God is at work in your context. Ask how your worship can more fully express the needs and hopes of your community and how your congregation can respond to the needs in your neighborhood.”