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The Openseminary Methodology: Practical Theology as Personal, Local and Transformative

Faculty of Theology, Stirling Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne 3170, Australia
Academic Editor: Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook
Religions 2021, 12(8), 652; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080652
Received: 22 June 2021 / Revised: 5 August 2021 / Accepted: 14 August 2021 / Published: 17 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Practical Theology & Theological Education—An Overview)
Theological education continues to be subject to rapid social and technological change, which is further exacerbated by the recent global pandemic. Practical theology as a discipline continues to grow, being well placed methodologically to engage with diverse contexts and these global realities. The task for theological education is whether it can meet these challenges and be part of the transformation required. Openseminary as a methodology and program was developed in the early 2000s by Wynand De Kock to enable students to both learn practical theology as a methodology, as well as reflect theologically in their own context. Over the last two decades, it has run in South Africa, at Tabor College in Australia, as well as Palmer Seminary in the United States. In what follows, the methodology and program are explored in terms of their genesis, history, and current articulation. It is argued that it is a practical theological methodology well suited to the personal, local, and transformative goals of theological education today. View Full-Text
Keywords: Openseminary; practical theology; personal pedagogy; local; transformative Openseminary; practical theology; personal pedagogy; local; transformative
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Macallan, B. The Openseminary Methodology: Practical Theology as Personal, Local and Transformative. Religions 2021, 12, 652. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080652

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Macallan B. The Openseminary Methodology: Practical Theology as Personal, Local and Transformative. Religions. 2021; 12(8):652. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080652

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Macallan, Brian. 2021. "The Openseminary Methodology: Practical Theology as Personal, Local and Transformative" Religions 12, no. 8: 652. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080652

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