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Theological Field Education as a Bridge across Disciplines

Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO 80210, USA
Religions 2021, 12(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010010
Received: 4 December 2020 / Accepted: 21 December 2020 / Published: 24 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Practical Theology & Theological Education—An Overview)
Theological field education—also known as contextual education—operates as the explicitly embodied nexus of seminary-based learning, placing both practical theological and broader theological, religious, and/or spiritual educational frameworks in dialogue with one’s experiences within a particular site context. Drawing upon the example of the events that took place in March 1965 at the Edmund Pettus Bridge connecting Selma to Montgomery, as well as the bridge’s enduring function as a material and symbolic site of transformation, connections are made to the ways that theological field education bridges both practical theology and other areas of theological education, generally and as actualized specifically within one theological school’s field education program, through three overarching themes: Embodiment, reflection, and formation. In the acts of bridging that occur in each of these areas, points of commonality are discussed and illustrated. Finally, initial suggestions for further bridging between disparate academic fields and theological field education are offered toward the cultivation of a more integrative, transformative curriculum. View Full-Text
Keywords: theological field education; contextual education; practical theology; formation; theological reflection; embodiment theological field education; contextual education; practical theology; formation; theological reflection; embodiment
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