The official website of the Anglican Communion offers a wealth of resources for those interested in this branch of the Christian church. Along with news stories about current issues involving or relevant to the Communion or its members, there are sections on: the Archbishop of Canterbury; the Lambeth Conference (including archives of conferences from 1867 onwards); the Primates Meeting; and the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). Information about the ACC's ministries (which include ecumenical affairs, ethics and technology, and theological education) and of various Anglican networks (including the environmental network, the HIV/AIDS network, and the international family network) provides insight into the Communion's work. One slight drawback of this site is that it seems to assume a certain level of familiarity with the nature and structure of the Anglican Communion: it is not always easy to find introductory information describing the various bodies featured on the site. However, this is still a useful resource for those with an interest in the church's relation to society, or in modern Anglican ecclesiology.
Research in Ministry (RIM) Online is a freely available database offering an index of DMin (Doctor of Ministry) and DMiss (Doctor of Missiology) theses and projects by members of institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The full text of the theses is not provided, but details of the title, author, project advisor, and institution (who should be approached by those seeking copies of the works listed) are provided for each entry on the database, along with abstracts where these are available. Entries can be searched or browsed through linked keywords. The process of indexing began in 1981, but the texts listed date from the early 1970s to the present day. The database is updated four times a year.
The ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Catalog Web page gives details of various ATLA products that may be of interest to theologians. Access to three free online databases is provided: the Research in Ministry index of project reports and theses by Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Missiology students; the Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative, which offers digital images (including photographs, artwork, manuscripts, and so on) useful for the study and teaching of religion; and APCAT, the catalogue of the ATLA Preservation Program, which records bibliographic information for theological publications which have been preserved on microform.
The site also provides information about the ATLA Religion Database (though the database itself requires an institutional subscription, and cannot be accessed through the site). With over 1.4 million records, the database is the foremost index of scholarly journal articles, reviews, and essays published in multi-author works. A very valuable set of resources for theologians.
This is the homepage of 'Calling: A Blog To Nurture Vocation'. It is published by the Fund for Theological Education (FTE), an initiative which seeks to encourage and support the training of the next generation of religious leaders in North America. The blogs materials are presented in the form of story-telling under themes like: From the Congregation; Young Voices; Snapshot; Culture; Reviews; Strategies; and Leadership. Visitors are allowed access to all the blog's contents without charge. A user-friendly and interesting resource for students of religion.
The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) is an initiative set up in 1954 to support the training of the next generation of Church leaders in North America. This website provides information about their history; the programs and fellowships on offer; listings of job opportunities in religion and theology; a list of FAQs; and lightly annotated links to sites useful for theological education and scholarship, pastoral ministry and congregational life. It also allows for downloading several interesting items like their newsletter; lists of suggested reading; guidebooks; tips for letters of reference; a list of tips to keep in mind when approaching congregations for support; sample project proposals; book reviews; tips on how to apply for an FTE doctoral fellowship and how to succeed as a doctoral fellow; book recommendations; essays; and transcripts, powerpoint presentations and audio-recordings of conference proceedings. Visitors are also linked to the homepage of their official journal - 'Calling'. FTE is directed by Reverend Dr Trace Haythorn.
Newbigin.net provides an extensive online bibliographic and documentary archive relating to the work of Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), a British bishop and theologian whose subject area was the theology of mission. The site's core resource is a bibliographic database of articles and works by Newbigin together with a smaller number about him. As well as standard catalogue data, a substantial number of records link to a full-text version of the article or book. In total there are over 280 works available as PDF files (mostly essays or articles, but also including the text of a number of published books), dating from 1932 onwards. The texts themselves are also searchable. A brief biography of Newbigin is also provided. The site is the result of collaboration between a number of groups, including including the Gospel and Our Culture Networks in the UK and North America, the DeepSight Trust of New Zealand, the Council for World Mission (based in the UK), the Newbigin Estate, and the University of Birmingham Newbigin Archives.
This site is the Diocese of Partenia - not the webpage of the diocese, but the diocese itself. Bishop Jacques Gaillot, a progressive and activist bishop in an increasingly conservative Catholic hierarchy, was stripped of his bishopric (at Evreux, in France) in 1995. Summoned to Rome, he was reassigned to a patch of central Algerian desert, once a thriving community in the first millennium but now a sandy wasteland. In response, Bishop Gaillot created the first virtual diocese and has pursued his clerical duties from this base ever since. The website/diocese has become the diocese without borders, the diocese which excludes no one, worldwide, in seven languages. There is a brief history of the founding of the diocese, but most of the site is given over to the ordinary life of a diocese: Gaillot's record of his activities during the month; a sermon chosen for the month; and conversations among the churchgoers as they work to support each other, worldwide.
'Pulpit and Pew: Research on Pastoral Leadership' is an interdenominational project by Duke Divinity School aimed at enhancing the quality of pastoral leadership (clergy and lay) across America. It is directed by Nathan Kirkpatrick and receives funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc and the J.M.Ormond Fund of the Duke Endowment. This website gives visitors an overview of the project and the types of research they carry out; and provides access to their news releases; press coverage and other online resources. It also provides a list and the abstracts of books published to date; and allows visitors to view in full and to download a number of articles; research reports and surveys. An interesting and user-friendly resource for students of religion.
The Ricci Roundtable database, maintained by the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco, provides a collection of electronic reference resources focused on the relationship and impact of Christianity and Christian missions in China during the past few centuries. The site contains an impressive guide to archival resources on this topic from all over the world, with each entry detailing the institution that houses the relevant archive and listing the documents in question. Users are able to search through the online database and isolate specific library holdings in China or the United States or locate a specific resource by employing the search and index utilities. The site itself is directed towards the larger academic community, including both students and scholars. Among the tools that will appeal to both groups is a strong collection of fully searchable bibliographic and biographic material. The biographies themselves are brief, but include helpful pointers to additional resources. In addition, for those at more advanced stages of research, there is are directories of both institutions and individuals interested in Chinese-Western cultural relations. Those with a serious interest in this field will also wish to explore the main site of the Ricci Institute, accessible through the link on the site's front page.
Theology of the Body.net is a collection of online resources about John Paul II's theology of the body, described as 'an integrated vision of the human person, body, soul and spirit'. It aims to provide insight into Catholic teaching on matters such as marriage and celibacy, sex and sexuality, contraception, and the nature of love. There is a collection of articles on these and related subjects, along with links to the relevant sections of the catechism, the pronouncements of the Pontifical Council of the Family, and papal writings. Information is provided about the work of TOBIA, the Theology of the Body International Alliance. Other resources include a list of recommended books and CDs, details of relevant events and study groups, a discussion forum, and an annotated links list. While the tone and approach of this resource is broadly speaking popular rather than scholarly, it nevertheless provides a thought-provoking set of perspectives on some important issues.
The Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion is a selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion and theology. Included on the site are links to: syllabi; electronic texts and journals; bibliographies; listserv discussion groups; liturgies; reference resources; software; and much more. The guide aims to encourage and facilitate the use of electronic resources in teaching. For this reason, the site also includes links to materials on political and social issues - such as abortion, capital punishment and September 11 - which bear on religious questions.