Comments for: Bangor Theological Seminary ponders its future as its last president is installed

Posted Sept. 16, 2012, at 5:41 p.m.

WATERVILLE | The Rev. Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood was installed Saturday as the 11th and final president of Bangor Theological Seminary during the opening of the school’s last convocation at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Grove-Markwood’s tenure will be the shortest of any president. He said Thursday that …

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  • Anonymous

    what a shame that it has to close.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  I am a graduating student.  It took me 20 years to be able to be able to attend seminary – I wanted to most of my life, and now it is closing.  At least I will graduate bur learning itself was the objective.  I have fulfilled my credits yet my theological hunger remains insatiable.

  • Anonymous

    Has the paper become so poor it has to rely on a reporter’s cell phone for a photo?

  • Anonymous

    As an evangelical Christian, it saddens me to see the Seminary suspend its degree programs,  at a time when God seems to be absent in our society.  People of the Christian faith are literally under assault all over the planet, while here at home we’ve cast aside the most basic tenets of morality in favor of anything goes under the guise of “fairness”.    I fully expect to have my post here to be mocked or attacked and that, too, saddens me.

    • Anonymous

      Are you aware  that BTS is a very liberal teaching seminary?  They haven’t been attracting students for years, other than radical feminist,  because  of the seminary’s stand on moral and social issues.  When you stand for nothing you will fail.

      • Anonymous

         Your argument would have more weight if all liberal seminaries were closing.  This is not the case. Andover Newton – mentioned in the article – is doing fine. There are many factors at work here.

  • Anonymous

    “Theology is ignorance with wings.”
     
    “Tell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give it. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence what so ever.” 
     
    increasingly, science will be the vehicle for theological institutions to quietly fade away.
     
     

  • Anonymous

    Robert Grove-Markwood is a wonderful individual. I wish him the very best, and am reassured that — whatever changes the Seminary must face — it will benefit from his stewardship.

  • Bangor Seminary represents an old type of mainline liberalism, that needs some new energy…I suspect the conservative churches of the Bangor area, are doing very well financially, as well as their education programs. I grew up in Northern Maine, and have had the best of both educational worlds, liberal and conservative.  There have been “seismic” economic rifts along with the Social, Political,  Theological ones, particularly in Northern Maine.  This is our country.  This is our creation from both!

    As a chaplain (I now live in Maryland), I sleep with the Bible beside me, as well as Science books,  Pastoral Psychology, and others.  The task of  interpreting scripture along with the other disciplines, let alone culture, can be Hellish in itself, especially to people and institutions in pain.  Sometimes, there is no difference between a liberal and a fundamentalist except in content.  Learning what the Spirit is saying to the Churches and its Seminaries requires discernment and dialogue.  My hope is there could be greater integration in the new model, the seminary proposes.  That creation will probably take more then six days! 

     Meanwhile, the Scriptural question remains to all people on both sides, “Can the eye say to the foot, I have no need of thee?, needs to be encountered.  Not to be right, but to sustain the churches and community!  I believe this to be the hermenuetical process, for the Secular and the sacred, as well as the liberal and fundamentalist.  And we desparately need to depend on God’s Holy Spirit to breathe in us, all, to accomplish that!

  • Anonymous

    Speaking only for myself, I would hope this committee would also be considering some vehicle where the essence of BTS, as well as the name as a “school”, could be subsumed by Husson; which could deal with all the “back room” issues of Financial Aid, Admissions, Transfer Credits, etc.

    NESCOM appears to have kept most of its original identification, while enjoying the perks of association with the collegiality of Husson University.

    The economies of scale of such a strategy would, most certainly, improve the cost structure that’s unable to be sustained.

    It’s my belief that Business, Accounting and Medical students could benefit from exposure to Ethics as well as Seminarians could benefit from a healthy exposure to Accounting and keeping the books for a small church.

    I’d think the Liberal Theologians could learn as much from the Conservative Accountants, visa versa.

    It would be too bad to have BTS literally “disappear”, or become just another “online” scheme after all these eons…

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