What is Midrash & a Meal

Beginning in September you are invited to join your graduate colleagues from Central Baptist Theological Seminary for lunch and a hearty discussion.  Four times in the coming year one of our esteemed seminary staff will provide a book to read and then gather with us to discuss that book together.  You are invited to read the selected text, agree, disagree, pontificate, wonder, question, expound, interact, listen, or celebrate what you have learned.

The goal of this Midrash is simply to keep our minds sharp, continue to be learners, and allow our iron to sharpen iron.  Our seminary staff has graciously volunteered to convene our discussion, provide some opening comments, and bring their insights into our discussion.  Each of us comes to the discussion with a diverse wealth of lived experiences and theological insights.  Those along with a freshly read text will provide some insightful discussion with our CBTS graduate cohorts and select seminary staff.

Our first Midrash & a Meal will be in the library on Central’s Shawnee Campus on September 20, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. and will be convened by Dr. Molly T. Marshall.  We will be discussing Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, by Ross Douthat, the provocative columnist for The New York Times.You can purchase the book online or at Cokesbury.  If you need help to cover the cost, please contact Derek Varney, President of the Alumni/ae Association at pastorderekv@comcast.net.

Lunch will be provided.

Here’s the schedule for the coming year:

    Date                                   Convener                                Place

September 20                     Molly T. Marshall                CBTS, Shawnee Campus

January 24                             Tarris D. Rosell                   KU Medical Center

April 18                                    TBA                                              TBA

July 11                                      TBA                                              TBA


My Experience:

Gary Green

I am currently in my second year in Brite Divinity School’s Ph.D. program in Pastoral Theology. The program is enriching and challenging, and is allowing me to explore research questions that have deep implications for me both vocationally and personally. Little did I know at the time of my matriculation, Central’s create program was preparing me for this unique experience. The curriculum of create, and the culture of Central, nurtured my deep interests in theological education, and equipped me for meaningful ministerial engagement. Because of create’s focus on praxis and innovative ministry involvement, I found myself uniquely positioned for various levels of engagement with the Church, communities, and the wider global context.