670-2 Urban Contextual Theology

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The application of Transformational Conversations approach to Urban Theological Research.

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Transformational Conversations Applied to a Research Thesis:

Transformational Conversations Applied to a Research Thesis A Theological Framework for the MATUL degree Finding God (3-6) in a context of oppression (7) through solidarity (8), spiritual power (15,20), advocacy (10), entrepreneurial vision (17), community organization (16-22) - Exodus 3

Urban Theological Foundations:

Urban Theological Foundations Is God or was God? Is God or does God? Is God incarnate or cosmic? Is God a holistic Story teller or a rationalist philosopher?

All theologies are Contextual Theologies:

All theologies are Contextual Theologies

Epistemology of MATUL:

Epistemology of MATUL The MATUL is based of a different understanding of knowledge and theology to that of modernist systematic theology It does not grow from logical Catholicism The centre of Jesus ’ theological approach was not systematic theology Systematic theology is one type of contextual theology from Western Europe

Transformational Conversations:

Transformational Conversations Developing Oral Theologies For Oral Cultures Developing Formal Theologies From Oral Cultures In Urban Contexts

MATUL:

MATUL Based on Urban Contextual Theology Poor people are largely oral learners. They are story-tellers not linear Aristotolean logicians Jesus reached the poor through oral techniques Storytelling, parables, proverbs,

MATUL Theological Process:

MATUL Theological Process Every course in the degree is a theological course But we utilise a “ transformational conversations ” approach We start with situations in the slums and the stories of those situations then reflect on parallel Biblical stories to understand Biblical praxis for those situations

Jesus, Paul & Plato:

Jesus, Paul & Plato 1 Cor 1:30 Paul trained by Gamalial, disciple of Plato and Socrates, as well as Hebrew rabbi Paul rejects philosophic knowledge approach Centers on wisdom Christ is our wisdom Holy Spirit as centre of revelation

Elements of a Web of Belief:

Elements of a Web of Belief

Part of New Global Theologies:

Part of New Global Theologies This is part of a trend in developing global theologies around the world in developing nations and represents an information age tribal/global culture 21 st century shift.

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I. Beyond the Pastoral Cycle To Urban Transformation II How to apply this to MATUL research and courses

Beyond Dialogue: Transformational Conversations:

Beyond Dialogue: Transformational Conversations The Bible is stories (narrative) Theology is stories Theology is conversations An Example: A Hui for migrant ethnic leaders Issue: 2 nd generation kids Role of the theologian as thematizer The issue, decoding the issue in the midst of the stories in small groups Integration of the issue

Transformational Conversation on an Issue:

Transformational Conversation on an Issue 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Interfacing the conversations

Transformational Conversation on Land Rights:

Transformational Conversation on Land Rights 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation Land Rights 1. Entrance Stories: Violence, Dispossession Socio-Economic Analysis: UNHabitat Literature, Best Practices, Community Organization, Cross-nation Legislation Biblical Reflection on Land and Land Rights, Jubilee, Prophets, Exodus, Theological Analysis: Brueggeman -3 Movements 5. New Action Stories: Rebuilding, marches, new legislation, comm orgn…. Structures as Conversationalists: Rebuilding Communities, Community Organizations Voicing Biblical Values Interfacing the conversations: Engagement with NHA (public theology), Jubilee Year, Research on Latrines (Dignity)

Transformational Conversation on an Slum Latrines:

Transformational Conversation on an Slum Latrines 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Interfacing the conversations

Transformational Conversation on an Entrepreneurship:

Transformational Conversation on an Entrepreneurship 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Interfacing the conversations

Transformational Conversation about psychologically damaged slum children:

Transformational Conversation about psychologically damaged slum children 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Interfacing the conversations

Transformational Conversation as a Thesis Framework:

Transformational Conversation as a Thesis Framework 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Research indicators Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis How do the people theologise ? 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Research how structures are speaking. Interfacing the conversations Working with the church or community organization to act Anthropological analysis

Extended Thesis:

Extended Thesis Initial round of research New Action steps

Relationship TO Eliston’s Missiological Research:

Relationship TO Eliston ’ s Missiological Research Review your research proposal Chapter 1. Context: Did you define the context, describe it? Significance: Did you state the significance of your study for the people? for missiology? Entrance Story: Does it capture the reader into your questioning?

Central Research Issue:

Central Research Issue Are you best to use a problem statement or a research question? Have you converted the question to statement and vice versa? Can you describe your question to a stranger in 3 minutes? Does it contribute to the advancement of knowledge? What are five questions that derive from your problem statement?

Other Details: Intro Chapter:

Other Details: Intro Chapter Theoretical basis for your research approach. What style of research is this and what theoretical framework does that come from? Theoretical approach for your theological or missiological framework? Perhaps two paragraphs in the intro chapter then expand this in the literature review and the methodology chapters. Definitions? Acknowledgements

Setting up your template:

Setting up your template After your project proposal is approved Convert it to Chapters 1: Intro 2. Lit Review 3. theological background 4. methodology Add in headings for your other chapters Table of Contents Data Data analysis Conclusions Bibliography Appendices Make sure all are formatted appropriately from the outset with h1, H2, H3 being consistent

References:

References Elliston, E. J. (1997). Introduction to Missiological Research . Pasadena: Unpublished manuscript, chapter 1. Grigg, V. (2000b, Nov 2000). Urban Theology as Transformational Conversation: Hermeneutics for the Post-Modern Cities. 3. Retrieved from http://pcbc.webjournals.org/articles/1/11/2000/3177.htm

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