Tag: UTS

Questions Answered: @utsdoc Talks @UnitedSeminary & @CopelandNetwork

My last post on the nature of the relationship between United Theological Seminary and Kenneth Copeland Ministries garnered a quick response from Dr. David Watson, Academic Dean at UTS. Here are a list of the facts I recounted in my blog: *UTS began it's academic partnership with KCM in 2010. *UTS hosted Kenneth Copeland to

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Questions Answered: @utsdoc Talks @UnitedSeminary & @CopelandNetwork

My last post on the nature of the relationship between United Theological Seminary and Kenneth Copeland Ministries garnered a quick response from Dr. David Watson, Academic Dean at UTS. Here are a list of the facts I recounted in my blog: *UTS began it's academic partnership with KCM in 2010. *UTS hosted Kenneth Copeland to

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Did @UnitedSeminary Read This Before They Partnered With @CopelandNetwork?

An actual quote from a partner of United Theological Seminary

 

I must preface this post with an explanation of my official position on United Theological Seminary.

I love this school. I've loved nearly every class I've taken. I've loved nearly every professor I've had. Though I am a non-traditional student, I've loved nearly every moment of student life at the school.

The problem I have – which I've covered before – is with the school's institutional direction.

My concerns began when I learned that UTS would be partnering with Kenneth Copeland. Yes, that Kenneth Copeland. The same Kenneth Copeland who John Piper – a man with whom I share copious disagreements – has called a “founder” of the prosperity gospel.

When I found out that Copeland would be partnering with UTS's D.Min program, I became concerned. Off the record, I was told by a faculty member that the partnership was more about taking advantage of KCM's digital ministries and the learnings that could happen as a result. However, it wasn't long before the school was touting a preaching visit by the televangelist – and expressing amazement at how he helped the school raise $20,000 during his visit.

So far, I'm sure you can see how I can be concerned that a United Methodist seminary is partnering with someone so theologically askew from where they claim to be.

However, my overriding question remains unanswered. How could they have made such a shortsighted decision in the first place?

News about who Copeland is and what his “ministry” is all about is not hard to come by. In fact, I found this article from the New York Times which contains the quote from Gloria Copeland (featured above) and information on the latest investigation in which he and his acolytes find themselves embroiled.

I couldn't find information on how that investigation went, but the fact that this wasn't his first run-in with the Feds should have been a clue to proceed with caution – if at all.

This article dates to '09 – before the partnership officially began – so there is no reason they shouldn't have known this information. Frankly, all you would have needed to do was watch his show for any length of time to decide that a United Methodist seminary shouldn't be partnering – for any reason – with an organization that believes as they do.

Also, I find it troubling that a United official thought a major selling point of Copeland's partnership with the school was that he was able to raise such a large amount of money for the school.

If such a fuss is raised about Claremont's adherence to orthodoxy, why aren't more people paying attention to orthodoxy at United?

The problem – I believe – is that United is experiencing so much commercial success at this time, that no one really cares about how they are getting things done.

As I said, I love being a student at United, and I wouldn't trade it – honestly.

I just wonder when they might make their next Copeland-esque move?

 

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United Knows What You Think of Them – @unitedseminary

I wish this wasn't the topic for my first post in a while, but here it goes.

I also haven't posted about United Theological Seminary for a while, but I can't help this one.

I haven't ever heard an official from United speak about Kenneth Copeland (I speak about him here) and their recent turn towards conservatism – until this morning.

I overheard a conversation held in the common area of UTS this morning. I can't recall the entire conversation, but here are the highlights.

*During his D.Min visit last year, Kenneth Copeland helped raise $20,000 for the school.

*This official didn't see why Copeland's son-in-law shouldn't have been brought onto the board of the school. (Dr. Swisher is a UTS grad and works for Kenneth Copeland Ministries)

*This official was unconcerned with the view that everyone thinks UTS is taking a turn towards conservatism.

I share this with you because it is the first time I've heard a UTS official speak candidly about things like Copeland and the school's institutional changes over the last few years.

Admittedly, I do not know in what context these comments were being made, but I heard them – and decided to report them to you.

So, there's that.

 

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Journey of the Cross 10: Membership Rules?

 

 

How many of our churches have unspoken membership rules? Of course, the Christian life is to be lived within a certain understanding of God’s call upon our lives. I am talking about, however, the unspoken ones that keep people out or from coming back.

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Journey of the Cross 9: On the Desk of a Seminarian…

 

 

This week in Dayton, OH has been fun, interesting and tiring. Here is my desk as it exists in Intro to Theology with Dr. Andrew Park. The cross exists in the midst of it.

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Journey of the Cross 6: …with Josh Blanchard

 

 

UTS almost-graduate Josh Blanchard with the “Notes” cross.

General Conference 2012 – #GC2012 – Highlights from Twitter

For those of us who are United Methodists, it is of significant importance to note that our legislative body is meeting in Tampa, Florida this week. For 40 years, the different issues surrounding the LBGTQI community will be under consideration–with differing and contentious results.  Also, a church restructuring plan is under consideration–endorsed by and fought

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The Yarmulke Experiment: 7 Days of Showing Reverence to God

As of 3pm on Wednesday, April 25, I am wearing a yarmulke.  I will be done next Wednesday, at the same time.  This is for the purposes of fulfilling an assignment in my inter-religious class.  The options were following kosher or halal food laws, or wear a head covering.  As I am addicted to the

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Dr. Wendy Deichmann – Of @UnitedSeminary & The Confessing Movement – Prays For Unity

A press release from United Theological Seminary states that the school–a sponsor of the upcoming General Conference of the United Methodist Church–is praying in preparation, “Holy Spirit, Make Us One!”  (find that quote here) Some clarification was offered: This prayer for unity may seem surprising given the controversial issues that will be decided. “Our source for oneness

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