Reflection (Theology)

Silence in Support of Speaking How Reflective Practices Can Lead to Transformative Preaching

Author
Elizabeth B Frey
Abstract
Reflective practices grounded in silence are essential strategies for engaging difficult scripture texts. This thesis offers resources for preparation and ongoing formation in the preaching life. The author reviews the literature on difficult scripture texts and proposes interpretive methods for depth analysis. She explores how reflective practices support interpretation by bringing together theological reflection with the adult pedagogical theory known as Transformative Learning to focus on the preacher's frame of reference. She proposes a model of reflection in sermon preparation and investigates its effectiveness in a collaborative study. Finally, she offers four markers to assess reflective practices in preaching.

Theological reflection as a mentoring paradigm in theological field education for the integration of theology into the life of the ministry

Author
Sim Swee-Kee
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to implement the discipline of theological reflection as a mentoring paradigm for seminary students in theological field education for the integration of theology into life and ministry. A twelve week session was conducted with students presenting case studies on assigned areas of life and ministry using the proposed theological reflection paradigm. This was then processed in a group setting for mentoring and community progression. Through the project, participants learned the importance of the discipline as well as acquire a method of reflection necessary for integrating and interacting experience with theology.

Theobiography: searching for divine images in our personal stories

Author
Betty J Bradford
Abstract
The author proposes that people of faith are committed to multiple images of God and that every image of God has the potential to create or destroy the religious life. Theobiography is developed as a process for discovering and articulating the divine images that are functional and embedded in our theology of life through reflection on our past, for the purpose of acknowledging a more complete personal theology of God. Personal story and theological reflection by the author is the model for clergy and laity to use theobiography as a source for personal reflection.

Narrative counseling theory as a model for pastoral care and teaching theological education in clinical settings

Author
Susan Allers Hatlie
Abstract
This study examines whether the narrative method is a useful approach for Clinical Pastoral Education in prisons and other settings. It explores use of narrative theory as a pedagogical approach, a model for theological reflection, and a method for facilitation of group process. It explores how the framework of narrative and social construction enhances interest generated learning that is technical, practical, and emancipatory (Mezirow's Transformational Learning Theory); learning in relation to thinking, feeling, and behaving (Corey's Group Process Theory); and theological reflection (Tillich and Liberation theorists). Relation, meaning, sanctification, and empowerment are considered in the development of this pastoral theology.

Imaginative spirit: experiencing the intimate God in congregational life

Author
Ronald Frank Messer
Abstract
The author of this project shows how the local church as a community can learn to draw upon one's imaginative spirit through the art and discipline of theological reflection in order to nurture one's spiritual growth. Rev. Messer in pursuing this project engages local congregations to cast their nets into the deep waters of faith. It is Rev. Messer's attempt to show inherent within any congregation is the imaginative spirit and the gift of theological reflection. With this gift a congregation will experience the intimate God in congregational life. By the Holy Spirit may you discover God's prophetic vision.

Faith reflection: a methodology for the spiritual emergence of volunteers

Author
Paula D Lehman
Abstract
This project proposes that intentional faith reflection by volunteers in the context of a small group can stimulate and strengthen spiritual emergence of individual volunteers. Based on oral interviews and written questionnaires, the research compares the spiritual experiences and perceptions of volunteers who have and have not participated in faith reflection. The research reveals that faith reflection provides a valuable vehicle for volunteers to process deep questions of faith as they seek transformation through spiritual emergence.

Theological reflection in the local church: a theological reflection retreat to improve the deacon ministry of Winnwood Baptist Church

Author
Douglas Crabb
Abstract
The thesis of this project is that training in the discipline of theological reflection will enhance and improve lay-pastoral care in the life of the congregation. The method of research included assisting participants to clarify their beliefs through a confession of faith workshop; engaging in action-reflection experiences before and after the retreat; and utilizing a theological reflection model to improve analysis and assessment of pastoral care experiences. This project also included the design and utilization of two diagnostic tools. Post-retreat evaluations and assignments indicate some evidence of improvement in experience assessment and some increased comfort and confidence in lay-pastoral care.

Reenvisioning the leadership of principals in Catholic education

Author
Mary H MacKinnon
Abstract
This thesis studies the development of a process of critical theological reflection from a Christian feminist perspective. The process aimed to assist principals in Catholic education to identify their own faith development needs and to clarify their ministry in today's cultural climate. The process was developed with seven principals in the Halton Roman Catholic School Board (Burlington, Ontario) from June 1990 to June 1991. The research is qualitative and the results indicate that small base community experience of theological reflection has deep ministerial significance for leaders in Catholic education, and that the process developed is an effective adaptable, adult learning model for religious education.

Remembering the dream: a theological reflection process for single parents

Author
Jacquelynne Kulig
Abstract
The intent of the project is to influence systemic change in the church, beginning with parish, that reflects sensitivity to single parents. The project design incorporates a process for empowering single parents within a local parish to minister to other single parents using a model of theological reflection that fosters personal spirituality and articulation of the faith from the perspective of a single parent. Operative theological, christological, ecclesial, and ministerial assumptions are named and guide the process. A survey is developed to assess the formal needs of single parents and recruit single parents for the group process. Six sessions are designed to facilitate development of theological reflections skills.

A story retold: a process of theological reflection for parish pastoral councils

Author
Thomas F Sularz
Abstract
This thesis incorporated two workshops. In the first workshop, the target group gathered to experience a process of theological reflection on the mysteries of God, Jesus, church and ministry, with an aim to gain an appreciation for pluralism and diversity. The second workshop was on the development of communication skills (empathetic listening and assertive self-disclosure as vehicles to becoming collaborative). The Whitehead method of experience in dialogue with the culture and tradition predominated. The result was a greater awareness of the need for faith-sharing and for the development of additional communication skills in learning the process of collaboration.
Subscribe to Reflection (Theology)