Robert E. Reber, D. Bruce Roberts
A Lifelong Call to Learn is aimed at directors of lifelong learning and continuing education that serve both clergy and laity in Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish seminaries and conference and retreat centers. While proposing new approaches in continuing theological education, it also addresses the need for programs that involve both clergy and laity at the congregational level and that support ongoing interreligious dialogue in our increasingly pluralistic society.
The contributors to this book include seasoned practitioners as well as teachers and scholars in seminaries and universities from every part of the country in both denominational and ecumenical settings. The chapters explore historical perspective and educational contexts; theory and research in professional continuing education; innovations in continuing theological education; development, management, and promotion of programs; and directions and resources for the future.
Particularly in this time of foment in theological education, when institutional leaders are striving to develop new models for the basic master of divinity degree, this collection will be of keen interest to theological educators in every setting.
Praise for the Book
"This is one of the most exciting books I've read in a long while. More than a responsible scholarly review of the field of adult continuing theological education, it is a manual for how to create an effective program for lifelong learning. Anyone involved in adult theological education, from seminary to informal peer learning groups, should own this book."
—Israel Galindo, Dean and Professor of Christian Education Formation, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
"In a fast-changing world, what are religious leaders looking for? In A Lifelong Call to Learn, Bob Reber, Bruce Roberts, and other professional educators offer useful practices, survey results, and insights that encourage new models for continuing education. Most helpful are the critical questions they raise for the future of effective, lifelong learning. An important book for academia and the church."
—Marie Cross, Synod Executive, Synod of the Covenant, Maumee, Ohio
Alban No. AL399
paper, 418 pages
($17.60 for members)