Reorienting adult faith formation

Dan Harper in his blog recently made some comments about shifting from the customary way of offering a selection of adult courses (not unlike a community college) to a model where goals are established in advance.

This is right, of course.

Unitarian Universalism shares an unfortunate trait with much of the genteel end of Protestantism in that values options more than direction, when both are quite valuable. And when someone volunteers time and resources to learn more and grow deeper in faith, I think you can say that person has used choice. Whence cometh direction?

The Episcopal Church (I’m not sure which agency) has a rather minimal site on Theological Education for All, which assumes there is — if not a curriculum; that is, meta-plan — for lay adult education, then at least categories that may be covered for the sake of comprehension.

And what is the first, must-read book they advise?

Maria Harris’s Fashion Me a People: Curriculum in the Church

And guess what? It is also on the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee reading list that Jim (Peregrinato) has “Amazoned.”

I read it about ten years ago (in seminary) and must have already been in synch with it, because I don’t recall being radicalized or annoyed by it. I’ll have to see if I have it somewhere around here and pick it back up.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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