Talking About God In Practice

Talking About God In Practice

by Helen Cameron


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Talking About God In Practice by Helen Cameron

Talking about God in Practice details the challenges and complexities of real theological conversations with practitioners, whilst providing an example of appropriate process, and a model of theological understanding by which to negotiate these complexities fruitfully.

Drawing on, and adapting, action research methods, this process enables researchers with practitioners to access 'implicit' theologies, embedded within practices. The disclosure of the theology borne by practice enables a fresh and often exciting insight for all concerned, which leads to renewal of both practice and theology.

The 'Theological Action Research' process offers effective and mutually constructive ways of engaging practitioners and 'academics' in authentic research partnerships, contributing to the proper rootedness of theological scholarship, and to capacity building among practitioners for further, self-led research, reflection, and theologizing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780334043638
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
Publication date: 12/08/2011
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr Helen Cameron is Director of the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Appendices vii

List of Figures vii

Introduction 1

Part I The Problem and Emerging Responses 5

1 The Problem of Talking about God in Practice 7

2 Practical Theology as a Response 18

3 Action Research as a Response 34

Part 2 A Fresh Response 47

4 Characteristics of Theological Action Research 49

Part 3 Theological Action Research: The Process Explained 61

5 What Is Theological Action Research? 63

6 Who Do We Need to Be to Do Theological Action Research? 70

7 Setting up Theological Action Research 83

8 Doing Theological Action Research 92

9 Reflection Leading to Renewed Practice and Theology 102

Part 4 Worked Examples of Theological Action Research 109

10 Theological Action Research in a Parish 111

11 Theological Action Research in a Diocese 121

12 Theological Action Research with a Faith-Based Agency 130

Part 5 Theological Action Research: An Initial Evaluation 139

13 Evaluating Theological Action Research: Learning Points in Theology and Method 141

Conclusions 154

Appendices 156

Bibliography 180

Index 184

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