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.
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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
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