Kieran Scott, Ed.D., associate professor of theology and religious education, will discuss the future of church education at a special reception and presentation this week.
“Educational Ministry in the Church of the 21st Century: Models for the Future”
Friday, May 4
Fordham Westchester campus
400 Westchester Ave., West Harrison, New York 10604
According to Scott, who teaches in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE), the 21st century Church is at a crossroads.
“My talk attempts to address what I see as the great divide in the Christian churches, and particularly the Roman Catholic Church—the division in liberal and conservative categories and ideologies,” Scott said. “I believe that it’s a false choice to have to choose between a liberal and a conservative approach to the life of the Church.”
Nevertheless, a compromise between these two sides isn’t necessarily the answer, said Scott, a specialist in the foundations of religious education, curriculum theory, and adult religious education.
“[Rather,] education is an imperfect panacea to the current division and dilemmas,” he said. “I think education is at the heart of our crisis, but genuine education is the imperfect solution to it.
“The past is the new future,” he added, offering a clue to what he will propose in the lecture.
Lunch will be served prior to Scott’s 1 p.m. lecture, followed by dessert and discussion.
For more information or to RSVP contact William Madden, assistant dean of GRE, at [email protected].
— Joanna Klimaski