I had the amazing experience of watching communicative rationality play out among a group of high school freshmen yesterday. We held our annual Confirmation preparation day for this year’s confirmands. One of the big tasks for this day is to help the students create a group creed. This has not always gone well in the past. Typically it has been a very laborious and painful process that ends up with one or two students taking the project home and writing the final draft.
This year I decided to use Peter Block’s method of community building to empower the students to co-create. Here is how it worked.
Deep in the Burbs is a story of people in formation. The task of this project—to ask how an increased awareness and understanding of the social Trinity might impact the ideation and praxis of spiritual formation in suburban ELCA congregations—implies that something might be changed, formed, or reformed in the research group—and me—as a result of the research. I will frame this formational process from three angles: the spiritual, the educational, and the catechetical. First, I will define my use of the term spiritual formation and how it relates to the study of spirituality. Second, I will discuss adult learning theory and name my pedagogical methodology. Third, I will discuss the specific discipline of religious education and my approach to adult catechesis.
Toward a Missional Spirituality in the Suburbs