“Theology is an academic discipline, to be pursued like other disciplines, with rigor; but its sources lie not in the study or the library, but in the nature of Christian life. The mainspring of theology is in the decisions that Christians—all Christians—have to make; simply because they are Christians.”
-Andrew F. Walls, Foreword to Re-Imagining African Christologies ed. Victor Ezigbo (Pickwick, 2010).
OMSC@PTS’s new digital curriculum seeks to train a new generation of OMSC global partners to better observe and share how God is at work in their particular social and cultural contexts. Delivered fully online through Princeton Seminary’s online learning platform over the course of an academic year, participants will earn a certificate in Lived Theology and World Christianity. The curriculum brings together video lectures, online seminars, personal mentoring, and collaborative workshops to provide participants the tools and support they need to plan and execute their own lived theology projects in a digital community of practice and theological reflection.
APPLICATIONS TO JOIN OUR INAUGURAL COHORT FOR THE 2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR WILL BE AVAILABLE LATE SPRING, 2022.
Lived theology is an emerging sub-discipline at the intersection of sociological, anthropological, and theological research that seeks to discern and articulate how God is present and engaged in and through the lived experiences of the church. We believe it is a promising paradigm for the multidisciplinary fields of Mission Studies, World Christianity, and Intercultural Theology. Curious to learn more? You can view Dr. Easten Law’s introductory lecture on Lived Theology and World Christianity below.
In keeping with OMSC’s legacy, this curriculum and certificate is designed to, first and foremost, engage in God’s mission by amplifying the voices of the world Christian movement. By the close of this course, students will be able to…
- … Recognize and understand the basis for the emerging field of lived theology and consider its implications for the study of mission, world Christianity, and intercultural theology.
- … Experiment with qualitative research methods as a tool for theological reflection and pastoral engagement within their sense of vocation and their ministry/research contexts.
- … Explore the ways lived theology and its various methods are being adopted in scholarship from different parts of the world.
- … Reflect on lived theology’s potential for addressing foundational questions of mission and discipleship in the world church.
This digital curriculum consists of two units, content modules and workshop sessions, released together each month across an academic year (September to May)
Content modules are largely self-guided and asynchronous, which means that much of the work will be completed on your own time. While all readings and video lectures will be completed independently, group discussion threads will provide forums to discuss the material with one another. In addition, a monthly synchronous online forum (to take place on Zoom or Whatsapp) will be scheduled at the end of each month to provide space for face to face conversations. Module topics include (but will not be limited to)…
- What is Lived Theology in the Context of World Christianity?
- Qualitative Studies of Living Faith – A Methodological Review
- Qualitative Research & Theological Construction
- Majority World Perspectives & Case Studies
- Ecumenical & Missional Impulses
Each module features video lectures from prominent scholars and practitioners including…
- Dr. Pete Ward (Durham University, UK)
- Dr. Nancy Ammerman (Boston University, USA)
- Dr. John Swinton (Aberdeen University, UK)
- Dr. Mary Clark Moschella (Yale Divinity School, USA)
- and many more…
Workshop sessions are oriented toward providing space for you to explore the implications of the content in your own sense of vocation, research, and ministry. Workshop sessions consist of three components: (1) active participation in a series of questions posed in the discussion board on the month’s topic, (2) Written assignments that culminate in a small qualitative research project, and (3) individual and/or small group coaching with the instructor once a month.
- Articulating our Theological Standpoints
- Discerning Questions & Methods
- Analyzing of Culture and Contexts
- Exploring Living Faith in Multiple Contexts
- Negotiating Living Faith Inwardly & Outwardly
- Discerning God’s Presence and Theologizing Together.
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