By Rev. Canon Val Kenyon
Did you know that theological reflection works in the same ways that our minds work?
When we find ourselves in a new situation, we typically draw on past experiences to help us decide whether we should choose a new way of responding or stay with something that has worked for us in the past. Out of habit we often choose solutions that have been tried and true, however, as we live in changing times, old ways of doing things are working less and less frequently and it may be that in making a new choice that transformation is possible.
While we can of course theologically reflect on our own, it can also be done with others as we hear their thoughts and reflections. With time and practice, reflecting becomes a habit, and we will find ourselves returning to it in formal and informal situations.
As we practice theological reflection we are bringing our own real-life experiences and drawing on Scripture and Christian tradition. As we reflect, we depend on God’s Spirit showing us the way. In the end by God’s grace, theological reflection offers us a new way of looking at things, and may even suggest new action for us to take.
Theological reflection is at the heart of the EfM program and a regular part of EfM sessions and participants get practice in reflecting with others also interested in learning more about it.
If you would like to learn more about this or any other part of the Education for Ministry (EfM) program, please do not hesitate to be in with either Libi Clifford, the Diocese of Huron EfM Coordinator or myself Val Kenyon at EFM@huron.anglican.ca.
Rev. Canon Val Kenyon is EFM Animator in Huron.
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