The Redeeming Connection: A Pastoral Theological Reflection for Transformative Practices of Care
Sabbatical Lecture | April 17, 2018 | 11:10 a.m. | Room 205
How do patterns of chronic disconnection and disempowerment, especially among the marginalized, disrupt the traditional doctrines of atonement and moral imperatives of self-sacrifice? How do assumptions about the nature of God, redemption, church, and community shape growth, relationships, and wider contexts of care? Drawing from Relational Cultural Theory, the lecture focuses on naming and deconstructing obstacles of mutuality and empowerment while presenting the capacity to connect and reconnect as foundational to formation and care. The lecture also explores how relational images of God the giver, the given, and the giving can help understand and respond to the complexity of compelling human experience.
All are welcome to attend this sabbatical lecture.