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Contextualizing theological education at VDS: why we do what we do

Shared by Mark Miller-McLemore on August 3, 2011

Disciples Divinity House Opening Retreat 2011

Mark Miller-McLemore, 8/2011

The Disciples House model is rare among North American churches. Its approach has been so successful that we are tempted to forget that it is still experimental and fragile.

In 1950, church and school were not as separated as they are now. It was enough for a Disciples House to provide support, inexpensive housing, and the spontaneous community that naturally emerges in such a setting. Situations have changed. Now Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt more intentionally locates itself in the middle—between the church and the School—because School and Church really do need one another. When separate, each is less than it might be. The School tells the…

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