Theological reflection: A spirit of inquiry

By Rev. Val Kenyon

Reflection at its essence is about asking questions and for most of us we are quite familiar with the asking and answering of questions as we spend a great deal of our lives sorting through the challenges of life, great and small, in the course of daily living.

Although a part of Christian thought and tradition from the very beginning, theological reflection may be a bit less familiar to us as in this kind of reflection we are asking many of our questions with the intention of deepening our understanding of our faith, the nature of God and how all of this connects to and interacts with the daily living of our lives and our ongoing development as individual disciples of Christ and members of a Christian community.

A great deal has been written on this topic highlighting different techniques and approaches, however, at the heart of theological reflection we find our “wonderings”. Far more of a process than a product, theological reflection supports a spirit of inquiry, taking us on a journey of discovery, with many stops along the way as we with time begin to connect the dots between our understanding of God and our everyday choices.

What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean to be the ‘body of Christ’ in this place and time and how are we to live faithfully in it. And out of all of this, how is God to be first understood and then proclaimed, as we ‘preach the good news’ in the living of our lives, participants within God’s activity?

These questions are addressed, of course, within our communities as we gather for worship and for study, and for other excellent learning opportunities offered throughout the Diocese on a regular basis. As an additional resource to you, you will find within the curriculum of the Education for Ministry program currently offered within the Diocese of Huron, that theological reflection features prominently in this program of formation for laypeople.

For more information about EfM or to discuss possibilities, please contact Libi Clifford, the Diocese of Huron EfM Coordinator or myself Val Kenyon at [email protected]

Rev. Val Kenyon is an EfM animator in Huron.