More Minority Teachers Needed at Theology Schools

June 5, 2009 - 1:31 PM
A prominent group of religious scholars is calling for more blacks, Asians, Hispanics and American Indians to become teachers at theological schools.
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) - A prominent group of religious scholars is calling for more blacks, Asians, Hispanics and American Indians to become teachers at theological schools.
 
The group, Fund for Theological Education, said at a meeting Friday at Vanderbilt University that minority teachers at theological schools have increased in recent years but they are still underrepresented. Figures show that most of the teachers are white men.
 
More than a third of the some 250 U.S. and Canadian theological schools accredited by the Association of Theological Schools say they do not have a minority on their faculty.
 
The Atlanta-based advocacy group says minorities need more financial support and mentoring to help them become teachers.