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Saturday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
RC 3.06

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Re-Imagining Ecological Models for Religious Education
Sally Johnston (Yale Divinity School)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] Sallie McFague’s metaphorical theology challenges religious educators to live into the question: How can we re-imagine ecological models for religious education? In this paper I will explore a range of responses, comparing the educational implications of the theological work of Sallie McFague and Norman Wirzba, and considering Sharon Parks’ metaphorical and ecological re-imagining of James Fowler’s faith development theory. I will conclude by proposing “Sabbath friendship” as a healing metaphor for re-imagining an ecological model for religious education.

The Role of Religious Imagination for the Transformation of Consciousness Regarding the Ecological Crisis of Our Time
Miriam Martin (Saint Paul University)

Colloquium. [Notes] Mary Elizabeth Moore links the critical role imagination plays in religious education and in the formation of our self-understanding, our identity (Moore, 2005). Thus, if imagination is a constitutive dimension of faith and an abiding and necessary enticement to believe, hope, and love (Cote, 2003), what can imagination offer to the work of the transformation of consciousness required for a faith-filled response to the ecological crises of our time? This study explores the role of imagination in the religious education of leaders facing the ecological crisis today.

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Sally Johnston

Educational Ministry. Adjunct Professor., Union Presbyterian Seminary
I am interested in encouraging dialogue about ecological models of religious education and spiritual models of ecological education.

Miriam Martin

Professor, Saint Paul University

Saturday November 7, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Chastain B (Hotel Terrace Level)

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