I am hoping that I can get some help. I am currently in gradschool, getting a Masters in theology. I am currently attending a Lutheran seminary, but I am taking most of my electives at the local Catholic seminary. I may end up entering the Catholic seminary and get a Masters from them as well, though this is not a certainty yet.
I was planning on going on for a doctorate, but am now seriously re-thinking this plan. I love learning and love academia, but it is very difficult to balance family (with a husband with a career that cannot move around the country) with a career that often involves moving about the country to get a doctorate, as well as positions in teaching. Adjunct positions lack intellectual freedom, are also difficult to come by, and often involve moving about. Many of these positions are only for a year, and even tenure track positions are not guaranteed and require tons of schmoozing and 80 hour work weeks. At this point in my life --I am married and would like to eventually adopt kids (we can’t have kids) and don’t think I can be married to the academic life-- I am looking for a much more stable yet somewhat intellectually fulfilling path.
Asking the faculty at the Lutheran seminary is pretty limited, since I don’t want to work in a Lutheran church. Asking the faculty at the Catholic seminary is limited as well, for they are in the sole business of making priests. I am the only female student on the entire campus!
So, please help me: What are my career options with a Masters in theology? I don’t think I have the personality to work with kids, though I am open to the possibility of teaching kids. But what else is there? I don’t want to leave the world of religious studies/faith/catholic studies/spirituality, so going off into some other field is not where I want to go. Ideas? Suggestions?
I have looked on catholicjobs.com, but would really like a more solid plan than “seeing what is out there”. Any ideas, websites, books, would be greatly appreciated.