– Lisa M. Hess
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary (1996)
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary (2001)
Patheos.com Expert (http://experts.patheos.com/expert/lisamhess/)
Clinical member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
Member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, Academy of Religious Leadership (Editorial Board)
Paradox and surprise face those who pursue deeper spiritual practice, theological wisdom, and even a religious calling “into the ministry.” Unbeknownst to incoming students, the pursuit of theological education in established institutions today furthers a faith that is recognizable in delight and compassion, even as it may just as easily deform it into a moral duty and autonomous professionalism so divisive in today’s religious ecology. How may those drawn into ministry formation today receive its deep theological treasures and sustain a vibrant faith with a theologically expressive delight able to companion the suffering of self and others?
Learning in a Musical Key: Insight for Theology in Performative Mode. Princeton Theological Monograph series. Pickwick Publications, (projected for November 2011).
“Pastoral Implications” Lectionary Homiletics Lent 2008
“Formation in the Worlds of Theological Education,”
Teaching Theology and Religion Volume 11 Issue 1
January 2008 (peer-reviewed)
“A New Sacred Grove” Teaching Theology and Religion Volume 10, Issue 3, July 2007 (peer-reviewed)
“Sabbath Observance for Religious Leadership: It’s Not
About Time or Eternity” Sustaining Pastoral Excellence
monthly, June 2007
“The Gift of Worship: Living Both Ways” in The Upper Room Worship Book, Accompanist and Worship Leader edition, ed. Elise Eslinger (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2007)
“Theological Interdisciplinarity and Religious Leadership”
Journal of Religious Leadership, Vol. 5, no. 1, Spring 2007
“Being Missional” The Clergy Journal, July/August 2006,
Vol. 82, no. 8
“What is Practical Theology?” Journal of Theology, Summer 2005
Introduction, George MacDonald’s Diary of an Old Soul
(New York: Barnes & Noble Publishers, 2006)
“The Challenge of Activism” The Clergy Journal, April 2006,
Vol. 82, no. 6.
“Leadership and the Church We Are Becoming” The Clergy Journal, May/June 2005, Vol. 81, no. 7;
“Toward a Full-Fledged Action Theory with a Perspective of Musical Transcendence” Verbum et Ecclesia, University of Pretoria – Gauteng, South Africa, Spring 2005 (peer-reviewed)
“A Contemplative Empiricism: Mindfulness, Wisdom, and Expertise in Teaching Spirituality in Seminaries,” Association
of Practical Theology Biennial Meeting, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, April 2008
“Bridging Private and Public: Music as Oral Event in Literate Religious Communities,” College Theology Society – Spirituality section; 2007 Annual Convention; University of Dayton, Dayton OH, May 2007
“Wholly Friends: Buddhist Perspective and Practice Toward Compassionate Companionship in a Violent World,” Midwest American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, March 2006.
“Music, Education, and Reconciliation: the Paradise Road Paradigm,” Music Consortium, Arts and Reconciliation Conference (celebrating 10 years of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission), University of Pretoria, Tshwane/Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, March 2005.