C.E. Certification Course

Reformed Theology

Participants in this class will consider the relevance of theological doctrine to our lives of faith, making new discoveries about why and how theology matters.

A Montreat Conference Center Event
April 4–6, 2019

This course aims to enable Christian educators better to reflect theologically. Participants in this class will consider the relevance of theological doctrine to our lives of faith, making new discoveries about why and how theology matters. While the course serves primarily as an opportunity for Christian educators to develop their own skills as theologians, substantial attention will also be given (particularly in the final project) to considering how theological insights can best be communicated to others in the daily work of Christian educators.

This is a blended course, meaning that some of the work will be done online before and after the on site sessions at Montreat, April 4-6. Online work will begin March 25 and will take approximately 8 hours (counting course reading) between March 25 and April 4. It will include watching a couple of videos and contributing to discussion boards about the themes in course readings. Sessions at Montreat on April 4, 5, and 6 will be intensive and include lectures, workshops, and discussions. Students must attend from beginning to end and be present at every session (please plan travel accordingly). A final project, which will be submitted in stages online, will be developed after the Montreat sessions (with a break for Easter, but completed by May 15). All online work will be asynchronistic, meaning that you can do it at your leisure and don’t have to log in at any particular time to watch lectures or be part of the discussions. Download the syllabus.

See below for more information on leadership, registration, and accommodations. Deadline to register is March 18, 2019!


Event Leadership

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby – Instructor

Professor Cynthia Rigby joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1995. The Dallas Morning News called Professor Rigby "one of the great theologians of our time." In his article, William McKenzie wrote about twelve contemporary theologians who can “span the gap between church and society. Attention to theology, politics and sociology allows these thinkers to shape the world, not just follow in its wake.” Dr. Rigby’s special area of interest is setting Reformed theologies in conversation with theologies of liberation, particularly feminist theologies. Rigby is a general co-editor of the nine-volume lectionary commentary series, Connections (Westminster John Knox); the first volume will be published in 2018.

An energetic scholar, Dr. Rigby's latest book is Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Faith(Abingdon Press, 2018). She is also the author of The Promotion of Social Righteousness (Witherspoon Press, 2010) and is co-editor (with Beverly Gaventa) of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002) and editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine: New Inquiries in Bible and Theology (Duke University Press, 1997). She is currently completing a book on Christian feminist theology for Baker Academic Press and a book on "grace and play" for Westminster John Knox.

Professor Rigby is the co-chair of the Reformed Theology and History Unit of the American Academy of Religion, where she has been an active member since 1993. She has been a member of the Workgroup on Constructive Theology for sixteen years. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Reformed Theology and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

Professor Rigby is a sought-after speaker who enjoys lecturing and teaching for academic, church, and denominational events both domestically and internationally. Dr. Rigby is actively engaged with congregations, preaching, teaching adult education classes, and leading church conferences on why Christian doctrines matter in real life. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Professor Rigby serves on the board of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and recently served as an author of the Sarasota Statement for the Next Church (2017).

In 1998 Professor Rigby received the PhD in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was awarded a doctoral fellowship and the Wildrich Award for Excellence in Homiletics. Prior to her appointment at Austin Seminary she served several churches, lectured at New Brunswick and Princeton Seminaries, and spent a year as Pastor of Special Ministries with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Cagayan d’Oro City, Mindanao. In 2010 Dr. Rigby became the first faculty member elected to Austin Seminary's Board of Trustees.

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