Theoretical Frames

Deep in the Burbs (DITB) was a participatory action research project. It was a gathering of nineteen people from three suburban ELCA congregations that wondered how an increased awareness and understanding of the social Trinity might impact our ideation and praxis of spiritual formation. We encountered the social Trinity in a communicative space and took action in our communities. In this chapter I will provide the theoretical framework for why it was necessary to use participatory action research as the methodology for this particular question. I will explore theories regarding adult learning and spiritual formation. I will also discuss the ELCA in a suburban context and the particular situation of each participating congregation of the DITB project within it. First, I will discuss the use of the term frame as a metaphor in this context.

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