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ELAINE GRAHAM'S VISIT A BOOST FOR EfM CANADA
Sponsored by Education for Ministry Canada, British lay theologian Elaine Graham visited British Columbia and Alberta from April 1st-14th. In Vancouver, she spent a day with faculty and students at the Vancouver School of Theology, delivered a public lecture at St. Marys, Kerrisdale, led a workshop on Theological Reflection at St. Faiths Church, and preached at Christ Church Cathedral on the Sunday. In Calgary, she gave a public lecture on Faith and the City at Christ Church, Elbow Park, before going on to Vernon, where she repeated her Vancouver program for people in the Diocese of Kootenay and the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior. Her presentations were challenging in many ways. The following is a summary of her Vancouver and Vernon presentations.
What are pastoral theology and its closely related discipline practical theology? Until the latter part of the 20th Century they consisted largely of helpful hints on how to deal with individual problems presented by parishioners. In the 1950s, however, Clinical Pastoral Education for clergy encouraged study of the living documents of peoples lives presented in the course of pastoral counselling. The shortcoming of this was that theology could be eclipsed by psychology, and focus was on individuals rather than the communities of which they were a part. The social activism of the 1960s was largely a response to the growing secularisation of society (underlined by British Prime Minister Harold Wilsons impatience with broad policy as mere theology); but this emphasis on praxis tended to pay insufficient attention to issues of formation and nurture. The 1970s and 1980s were marked by the growth of liberation theology, which used base communities of laypeople for the study of scripture, not to keep people in line, but to encourage and empower the oppressed, and to see the church, not as hierarchy alone, but as the whole people of God. However, the tendency of liberation theology to ally itself with Marxist ideology lost it much official support.
All these movements sprang as efforts to bridge the gap, from the 18th Century on, between theory and practice, and to overcome the official invisibility of women in the life of the church. People began to see that baptism makes all of us theologians, and the rise of an educated laity encouraged them to reflect on the meaning of their own everyday experiences. Theology began to be done from the ground up, rather than being seen as a package of dogma handed down from on high. The use of action-reflection-action models helped people to see that theology is indeed practical. There was resistance to theological reflection, however, by those who saw it as having the potential to raise questions and undermine hitherto unquestioned assumptions.
Today, however, most people recognise the need for all of us to be theologically educated. A ten-year-old level of Sunday School education is not enough. Theological reflection can help us integrate theory and practice. It does not divert us from loving our neighbours, but helps us do so more effectively, and to see more deeply into the reality of who we are. It encourages us to shatter the stereotypes which limit us and others; but it also involves the risk of breaking out of our comfort zones. It links faith and life, tradition and experience, and calls us to be faithful practitioners. It reminds us that theology is a body of knowledge which encourages Christian virtue and the practice of what is genuinely good for us; it helps us achieve integrity with freedom. All theology arises out of practical concerns (as Pauls New Testament letters remind us). Theology is more a verb than a noun. It is not just a churchy activity, but can be applied to every sphere of life. It can take many forms, such as journaling, story-telling, biblical narrative, corporate theological reflection, public discourse, translating our beliefs into action, and enculturation of universal truths into local societies and customs. Good theological reflection is fun, struggle, calling, costly, useful, graceful, catholic, and of course theological.
We would like to thank Anne Anchor for coordinating the Vancouver visit, Norman Knowles for arrangements in Calgary, and All Saints parish for hosting all three Vernon events and of course our thanks to Elaine Graham for her challenging, stimulating and encouraging presentations.
Congratulations to our 2008 graduates!
Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior
Sheila M. Redding, Cathy M. Wozlowski
Diocese of British Columbia
Amy K. Hamilton, Margaret C. Sherwood, David L. Sinclair, Sylvia V. Sinclair, Marilynn Futer, Desiree W. Chan, Ian R.Q. Dodd, Lyn A. Vogan, Cathy J. Beise,Jane E. Jennings, Katherine R. Kelly, Theodore C. McLeod - Mentors
Diocese of Calgary
Dennis J. Laughton, Forbes Newman, Tim M. Christison, Heather R. Dumka, Carly J. Grimsen Seligman, Blake E. Kanewischer,Michael A. Rothery, J. David Farrell, Elizabeth M. Madaro, Elizabeth J. McLennan
Diocese of Kootenay
Linda L. Wilson, Claire L. Mapes, Nan K. Prittie, Jennifer M. Mobbs, Joanne E. Simpson, Richard A. Simpson - Mentors
Diocese of Montreal
Geraldine F. Kavanagh, Kevin P. Carlin, Brenda E. MacKenzie, Iva J. Mondor, Gloria C. Augustus,Shirley A. Newell, Anne E. Barnett, Robert T. McLachlan, Yvonne C. Wakeland, William N. Wilson, Karen L. Chalk, Mark J. Rogers - Mentors
Diocese of New Westminster
Gillian McIntyre, Claire L. Prentice, Elizabeth E. Martin, Chris Magrega, Wallace G. Shea, John A. Carne, Stacey K. Jordan-Knox, Linda K. Hodgins, Dawna L. Hodgins, Eilleen Anderson, Kellie A. Warnock, Bev J. Saumier - Mentors
Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
E. Jane Clattenburg, Warren H. Tay, Dorothy I. Tay, Janet V. Mortimer
Diocese of Ottawa
Sally M. Anger, Marie D. Barkley, Glenn E. D. Becksted, Rosann Carr, David G. Hunt, Jane K. Magoon, David R. Magoon, Marilyn F. M. McLaren, Arlene E. Armstrong, Janet I. Graham, Anne C. Hunt, Judy A. Jacques, M. Joan Larocque, Marnie E. Marriott, Shelley R. Prins, Alice E. V. Thompson, Anthony J. Hopkins, Wendy Shaw, David R. Moat, Douglas F. Lewis, Alana C. Rockburne, Craig S. Bowers - Mentor
Diocese of QuAppelle
Basil G. Pogue, Susan R. M. Page, S. Elizabeth Turnbull
Diocese of Ruperts Land
Elizabeth M. Moore, Rene Jamieson
Diocese of Toronto
M. Maud McCarty, Laurie Bickerton, Sandra P. Butler, Cecilia Boudreau
Diocese of Western Newfoundland
Madonna R. Hooper, Lorna Pennell
Congratulations to recently consecrated Bishop Jane Alexander of Edmonton. She is a strong supporter of EFM, and we in turn look forward to supporting her in her new ministry.
We are sad to announce that Johnna Camp has had to resign as Director of EFM at Sewanee due to ill health. She will, however, continue as a trainer and mentor. We thank her for her contributions to EFM and pray for a restoration of her health and strength. We are, however, happy to note that Sissie Wile has been appointed Interim Director in Johnna's place. She has a long and distinguished record with EfM as a Trainer and as Assistant Director. We look forward to her leadership in her new position.
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