GUILDWORKS PASTORAL CARE AND CHAPLAINCY COMMUNITIES
BENJAMIN B DEVAN has taught religion, philosophy, and African American literature at North Carolina Central University, Peace College, and a January term mini-course at MIT titled, “Religion: Bringing the World Together, or Tearing the World Apart?” He completed his MA in Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary, his MDiv at Duke University, a ThM at Harvard in World Religions with a thesis on evangelical Christians and Islam, and is now a doctoral candidate at Durham University, UK, writing a dissertation on the New Atheism.
Michael CarterMICHAEL CARTER is involved in education from curriculum design and classroom teaching to speaking at national conferences which he’s been active in for two decades. His teachings posts have ranged from Kindergarten to University level. In the mid-1990’s, Michael was asked to develop an art program for Westminster Academy in Memphis, TN., one of the premier Classical Christian Schools in the U.S., where he eventually taught Art, History and Latin for several years. Currently Michael teaches art and creative writing at Trinity Christian Preparatory School in Charlotte, NC.
Jason A GoroncyJASON A GORONCY (PhD, St Andrews) is a Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament teaching in the areas of theology, church history and pastoral care, and who serves as Dean of Studies at the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership in Dunedin, as the adviser on local ordained ministries and local ministry teams for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Jason has published in a number of academic and popular journals, has contributed to select edited volumes and is currently working on two monographs on PT Forsyth. His current research interests lie chiefly in Reformed identity, theological anthropology and ministerial formation.
ERLING HOPE currently serves as President of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, NYC, and served as Artist-in-Residence for Andover Newton Theological Schools summer Institute for Theology and the Arts, 1999-2002, and served as Pastoral Clerk for Peconic Bay Quaker Meeting from 2006-2009. He is a tourist trapped in a local’s body and a third generation maker of things.
DEBORAH RISA MRANTZ is currently an MDIV seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston MA; she is also founder and principal creative of LOGOS GUILDWORKS MINISTRIES. Deborah’s work has developed over thirty years from formative arts-worship apprenticeships at Congregationalist Punahou School, continuing through Jewish theological work in sculpture and liturgical-ecumenical arts, maturing and culminating with work in the lexicons of language—publishing, printing, and cross-sensory digital design. In an inter-religious syntheses melding Judaism’s culture, faith and ethnicity with Christianity’s worship and contemplative life, Deborah articulates both these faiths re-envisioning God’s word, pastorally partnering the passion of the first Evangelists with Chassidic Judaism’s joyful witness, contemporarily voicing theological richness in the Hebrew bible and Christian Gospels.
EXECUTIVE MUSIC MANAGER AND INTERFAITH CONSULTANT
FRANK FREDERICKS is the Executive Director of World Faith, an interfaith community service network with chapters in six countries. Fredericks works as an Online Marketing Consultant and has consulted businesses, artists, and non-profits, including the Cordoba Initiative. As an active blogger, Frank contributes to a number of blogs, including the Huffington Post. He is an Interfaith Youth Core Fellows alumnus, UN Alliance of Civilizations presenter, and has been interviewed by Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets.
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For any cultivar of religious and spiritual endeavors, forging new ground of belonging for ministry that bridges our Abrahamic faiths while building vibrant, new communities–in an already burgeoning, modern, prophetic culture is both arduous and exhilarating. You are here.
You’re at the intersecton of three great Abrahamic faiths engaging with each other, with Jewish, Muslim and Christian adherents encouraged to enter into dialogue about faith’s most difficult questions, religions’ newly emerging, considered and re-examined answers (from conservative to contemporary theologies), to contribute to spiritual and worship communities’ cross-faith building-blocks for engagement in a culture of life. New places, paradigms existing squarely inside unique faith-specificity, while following the golden thread between them.
From the Wailing Wall of Solomon’s temple, to the dome of the rock at Al Aqsa, to the Church of the HolySepulchre–we’re called to tender openness and welcome for strangers entering our tents. And to cultivate compassion, mercy, lovingkindness in warm hospitality for others where shared fellowship informs lived faith. Where differences remind us not to turn away strangers–but to extend deep embrace from our common crossroads, to ‘pitch our tent among strangers’ and prayerfully, invite God’s grace entering through angels unaware. We’ll continue to bring LOGOS GUILDWORKS MINISTRIES online these next few months. As conversations ensue, interact via our youTube channel with different dimensions in faith-formation and pastoral care–our language and lexicon of the Good News of God’s word and work in the world. Please journey patiently with us. And Godspeed.