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ERIC Number: EJ1152361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
Learning as Encounter between Self and Other
Valk, John
Religious Education, v112 n4 p334-337 2017
In this article, the author John Volk, professor of Worldview Studies at Renaissance College, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, looks forward toward the November 2017 Religious Education Association Conference, which is entitled "Learning in Encounter: Crossroads, Connections, Collaborations", and says that the conference presents a rare opportunity for Religious Education Association (REA) members to engage with self and others. The others will come in a variety of forms from near and far on a similar journey of discernment. The author reflects upon things he has learned in his encounters with others throughout his own career. Having encountered secular, atheist, and humanist "others", Volk points toward four things that have stood out for him over the years from those encounters: (1) Learning encounters with the "other" necessitate mutual trust and respect, if not friendship. The "other" is as sincere in their beliefs and values as is the "self". (2) Learning encounters broaden and deepen one's own worldview. Encounters with indigenous Peoples in Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa have propelled the author to examine his own tradition. (3) Learning encounters become a lifelong discernment of one's own truth and certainty, a spiritual journey engaging life's ultimate questions. Insights gleaned from secular "others" open up new questions, perhaps even new possibilities. (4) Learning encounters increase one's literacy, of one's own beliefs and values and no less those of the "other". Learning encounters with the "other" open up the human spirit to journey beyond worldviews that limit its scope to the saeculum, to tap the divine mystery at the core of traditional religions, through varieties of meditation, ceremony, ritual, and contemplation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; New Zealand; South Africa
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