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Celebrating Hanukkah Through Time and Across Cultures

Susan Braunstein of the Jewish Museum in New York explains the origin of Hanukkah and recounts the history of its celebration with examples of Hanukkah lamps used over time and... read more >

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Creating a vibrant youth ministry

The context and strategies for communicating the faith have changed dramatically through the centuries. Since the early 20th century, churches have engaged young adults as youth ministers. Being young adults,... read more >

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Resources: Answering questions about the end times

In 2011, 44 percent of Americans said they believe that natural disasters are signs of the end times; among evangelical Christians, it was 67 percent. While many religious Americans anticipated... read more >

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How to Celebrate Hanukkah

Alternatively known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrians in the second century B.C. Often celebrated in multifaith contexts with Christmas,... read more >

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Theological education rebounds, but fewer students enroll

As some seminaries consolidate and others close, new schools are opening alongside new degree programs and a rise in online education.

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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: 45 Years Translating the Talmud

Historically, the Jewish Talmud – a compilation of rabbinic commentary on the Torah – had to be read and studied in its original languages: ancient Hebrew and Aramaic. Now, thanks... read more >

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Seminaries Refocus on Congregational Vitality

In the 1960s, many seminary faculty and staff believed that churches existed to promote social change and that congregations were part of the problem. However, Protestant seminaries have undergone a... read more >

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Communities of Practice for Leaders of Theology Schools

As a dean at Chicago Theological Seminary, William Myers fostered “communities of practice” among students, based on research that shows that groups with a common interest or profession can learn... read more >

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Resources from the Best Centers for Teaching Religion and Theology

In the U.S. there are more than 1,000 centers dedicated to teaching in higher education. Many maintain extensive resource materials and links on specific topics. Collections include: teaching with excellence;... read more >

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New Media Are Transforming Education: A Case Study

Rapid changes in communication technology coupled with increased access to knowledge and information have changed the role of college-level educators. Faculties are increasingly called upon to be “technology guides” rather... read more >

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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