ERIC Number: EJ892857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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Practicing in the Presence of Mystery: Responses to the Divine in Practical Theology and Religious Education
O'Brien, Maureen R.
Religious Education, v105 n4 p358-372 Jul 2010
In this essay, originally written as the presidential address for the 2009 REA:APPRRE annual meeting, the author explores possibilities for naming and responding to Divine presence with reference to postmodern categories and contemporary narratives. She draws on descriptions of God as "interrupting" history, the dialectic of "chronos" and "kairos" experiences of time, and ascetic practices to suggest how we may attend to God's activity. This leads to consideration of the distinctive and complementary strengths of Religious Education and practical theology, along with some specific challenges for REA:APPRRE at this stage in its history.
Descriptors: Christianity, Religious Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Time, Perspective Taking, Story Telling, Responses, Context Effect, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Philosophy
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