Thursday, June 19, 2008

Relating Theology to Life

Missiologist Ross Langmead of Whitley College in Melbourne writes:

“We seek to set assignments that require students to relate theology to life.”

“For example, in the course Faith and the Environment, students have to research a specific environmental issue and ask what difference, if any, it makes to think or act Christianly on it.”

“In the course, ‘Interfaith Dialogue’, students not only go out to temples and mosques; they have to interview a believer in another faith. For many students this is the first time they’ve spoken in depth to a Muslim, Jew, Hindu or Buddhist.”

“In the course, ‘Reconciliation’, students are required to design a project that builds peace or reconciliation and prepare a proposal for their church or agency to that effect.”

“In the course, New Missional Communities, students have to dream up and develop a proposal for an ‘emerging church’ for a specific sub-cultural group.”

Dr. Geoff Pound

Image: “That builds…reconciliation.”