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Practical Theology: Reflecting on Community Ministry

March 23 – May 18, 2020

How do we give an account of why we are engaged in mission and what we are learning from community ministry? “Practical Theology” explores disciplined reflection as a way of making connections between current ministry beyond the gathered church and the church’s traditions, and emphasizes the importance of communicating our insights to our congregations.

Participants will practice a variety of methods, discovering as they go which work best for their learning and thinking styles. We will explore three main types of reflections as well as strategies for sparking them and habits for sustaining reflective practice. Assignments will stress thinking, writing, and conversation on the course boards, not heavy reading.

While particularly valuable to deacons in their role as interpreters, the course is open to all members of the baptized engaged in leading missional activity and community ministry.

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Josephine Borgeson

Deacon Phina Borgeson brings to her work with CALL more than forty years experience teaching, facilitating, and mentoring in ministry education and formation. She thrives on encouraging deacons, those preparing to be deacons, and other members of the baptized to make connections among their daily lives, cultural and civic contexts, and faith traditions. She lives in Sonoma County, California, where her community ministry focus is on policy and practices for just and resilient food systems.