Starting in the spring semester of 2019, Drew Theological School will offer a new Doctorate of Ministry in Public Theology. The new program has been designed in conjunction with the Middle Church in New York City’s East Village.
“Religious professionals and other leaders of moral courage work daily to address systemic issues of poverty, racism, income equality and gender bias,” said Associate Dean Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre. “Public theology, then, is concerned with living Christian values beyond our church walls and developing our ability to talk about what matters in our shared common life.”
The program, which aims to integrate conversations on race, class, culture, sexuality, gender, identity and intersectionality will feature two lead mentors from the Middle Church: Jacqueline Lewis, senior minister of Middle Church and John Janka, executive director of The Middle Project. The pair are also co-authors of The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation.
Middle Church also sponsors a yearly conference called Revolutionary Love which aims to “take the values we share into the public space—not just with words, but also with music and other art forms,” said Associate Professor J. Terry Todd.
The new degree will be the fourth Doctorate of Ministry in Drew’s catalog. The others include “Bible, Theology and Leadership in the Korean Context,” “Pastoral Identity and Prophetic Fire” and “Courageous Leadership in a Changing Culture,” which are all new to Drew this year.