April 11, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter
Bob Turner, a librarian at Harding School of Theology, participated in an unprecedented gathering of archivists, librarians, and historians from all three historical streams of the Stone-Campbell Movement: the Churches of Christ, the Christian Churches and churches of Christ, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Focused on the “Pedagogy of the Archive,” the twenty colloquy participants came from across the country to spend three days in March in Dallas, TX, developing innovative strategies for teaching with historical documents and artifacts from the Stone-Campbell Movement. Topics included the importance of digitization and websites for teaching rare historical materials, and the colloquy concluded with creation of a new online Stone-Campbell Teaching Archive. This digital repository includes instructional images and related tips for teaching the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement, with artifacts from all the traditions and institutions represented at the colloquy.
Turner said that he felt privileged to be a part of the conversation and that, “it was good to represent Harding and our significant historical collections.” Regarding the the Stone-Campbell Teaching Archive, he noted its potential by saying, “We have such a rich history. Hopefully this will be a place where we can tell our story in a way that gives voice to all three streams of our tradition. I’m very excited about the future of this project.”
Participants in the colloquy plan an online conference this summer to discuss additional initiatives to support teaching and greater appreciation of the Stone-Campbell movement.
The Colloquy on the Pedagogy of the Archive was supported by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, which is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and located at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
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