Educating for Social Engagement

This seminar course will explore the ministry of creating theological vision and educational strategies to enable congregations to “turn outwards” and become more fully engaged in service, advocacy, and justice in their specific social and cultural contexts. Students will engage in reading and research, analyze a variety of approaches to forming faith communities engaged in social ministries, observe and analyze particular congregations and their ministries, interact with guest presenters, and develop a visioning, formation, and education plan for a particular congregation. Lecture/seminar, field observations, student presentations, opening and closing reflection papers, major educational design project.