This book explores the vital, common, yet surprisingly often misunderstood and neglected vocation of people gifted to combine academic and priestly roles in church, church-related, and secular academic contexts. The works of those who unite priestly and academic functions into one vocation have been vital to the Church since its first-century foundations. The Church would have no practically informed theology or liturgy, and arguably no New Testament, if not for individuals who have been as gifted at researching, writing, and teaching as at conventional ministry skills like preaching and pastoral care. With a specific focus on Anglicanism as one useful lens, prominent voices from around the Anglican Communion reflect here on their experiences and expertise in academic-priestly vocation. Including contributions from the UK, USA, and Australia, this book makes a distinctive and timely offering to discussions that must surely continue.
"The essays in this necessary book exemplify why it is so important that the priestly and scholarly vocations find their home in one person. This book will begin a conversation that has long been needed."
- Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University, USA
"It is a delight to read contributions from those who preside at table on Sunday and engage students in the classroom on Monday. And we need such publications—those that foster good conversation about this and other dual vocations where the two sides of the duality can be held in dynamic tension."
- Gordon T. Smith, Ambrose University, Calgary, Canada, in International Jornal of Christianity & Education
"I found this book to be cathartic in its recognition of the problem and stimulating in its encouragement to persist."
- Tim Howles, Keble College, University of Oxford, UK, in Theology
Part I: Introduction and Overview 1. Introduction Shaun C. Henson and Michael J. Lakey 2. Is Someone Killing the Great Academic Priests of the Western World? Shaun C. Henson 3. ‘And Enjoy Him Forever’: Biblical and Theological Reflections on Dual Vocation Michael J. Lakey Part II: Scholarship and Ministerial Practice 4. Playing Football at Mansfield Park: Christian Doctrine and the Local Church Peter Groves 5. Biblical Scholarship and Preaching Stephen C. Barton 6. Memory and Eucharist Lucy Dallas 7. From Thought to Desire: Theology, Priesthood and the Legacy of Dan Hardy Christopher Landau Part III: The Educational Context 8. The Vocation of the Theological Educator: Listening for the Divine Voice Mark D. Chapman 9. The Academic Priest as Teacher and Tutor Alison Milbank 10. Pursuing a Vocation in the Midst of Crisis: Moving from Scarcity to Mission Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski Part IV: Theology and Ministerial Vocation 11. The Scholar Bishop: Recovering Episcopal Vows Stephen Pickard 12. Walking with God: Vocational Vignettes from the Gospel of Mark Martyn Percy 13. Called to Account: Signposts from the Letter to the Hebrews Joy Tetley Part V: Concluding Reflections 14. Places of Encounter: Hanging Out Where God Shows Up Samuel Wells