Constraints and opportunities

Nick Carter on retooling seminaries
Andover Newton Theological School, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary, is regarded as the country’s oldest free-standing graduate school of theology. Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and the United Church of Christ, the school traces its roots to the 1807 founding of Andover Seminary following a breakaway from Harvard. The school has been led since 2004 by Nick Carter, an American Baptist minister. Carter previously served as executive director of SANE/FREEZE, a grassroots movement against nuclear proliferation, and as founder of Wayfarers Consultants, which works with religious and nonprofit organizations. We asked him about the major challenges in theological education, especially in the case of seminaries not associated with universities.

 

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