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Book | Thketch of The Christian Imagination by Willie Jennings

Willie Jennings book, The Christian Imagination, is “A probing study of the cultural fragmentation—social, spatial, and racial—that took root in the Western mind [it] shows how Christianity has consistently forged Christian nations rather than encouraging genuine communion between disparate groups and individuals.” (from Amazon.com book description.

Book | Learning as Transformation by Jack Mezirow and Associates

imageMezirow, Jack. Learning as Transformation: Critical Perspectives on a Theory in Progress. 1st ed. The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

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a pdf of learning as Transformation by Jack Mezirow my notes

“Transformative learning refers to the process by which we transform our taken-for-granted frames of reference (meaning perspectives, habits of mind, mind-sets) to make them more inclusive, discriminating, open, emotionally capable of change, and reflective so that they may generate beliefs and opinions that will prove more true or justified to guide action. Transformative learning involves participation in constructive discourse to use the experience of others to assess reasons justifying these assumptions, and making an action decision based on the resulting insight.” (8) read more

Book | Exploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education by Elizabeth Tisdell

imageExploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education by Elizabeth Tisdell

My Notes…

Assumptions about Spirituality:

  • spirituality and religion are not the same, but for many people they are interrelated
  • spirituality is an awareness and honoring of wholeness and the interconnectedness of all things through the mystery of what many refer to as the Life-force, God, higher power, higher self, cosmic energy, Buddha nature, or Great Spirit
  • spirituality is fundamentally about meaning making
  • spirituality is always present (though often unacknowledged) in the learning environment
  • spiritual development constitutes moving toward greater authenticity or to a more authentic self
  • spirituality is about how people construct knowledge through largely unconscious and symbolic processes, often made more concrete in art forms such as music, image, symbol, and ritual, all of which are manifested culturally
  • spiritual experiences most often happen by surprise
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    Book | Spirituality and Theology: Christian Living and the Doctrine of God by Philip Sheldrake

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    Spirituality and Theology by Philip Sheldrake

    This book is a gold mine for my research. Sheldrake connects the contemporary study of Christian Spirituality directly to the Social Trinity. He also provides an excellent historical summary of why spirituality and theology have been estranged since the dawn of the modern era.

    My Annotated Scan of the section  The Significance of Trinitarian Theology. (75-83) He defends Augustine against accusations of individualism.

    The fundamental truth of our existence is that human beings and God are both rooted in mutual self-giving love. To exist consists of being-in-relationship. (78) read more