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Made in the Image of a Maker

Exploring public theology through creative practice 

This four-session, online workshop builds on an understanding that we can live out our faith in public in a way that demonstrates integrity with our convictions and commitments while simultaneously respecting the pluralism and religious diversity of our democracy. Each class builds on the others, and brief optional readings are provided in advance of each session for participants looking to broaden their experience.

Session One begins by exploring what “public theology” can mean and why the arts might be a particularly good tool for engaging with issues tied to care for the public good. Sessions Two through Four focus on a particular arts-based technique that leaders can use in their communities for team-building, community engagement, and/or as part of reflection and visioning. Each session will focus on one main type of practice but will include a “warm-up” activity that can be used either to prepare for the longer activities or on their own as smaller stand-alone practices. Opportunity for experiencing the different techniques will be matched with chances to reflect on how it might be used in the community. Participants will come away from each of these sessions with at least two concrete facilitation techniques that they can experiment with in their own communities and organizations. 

Dates: Online, Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. CDT, September 23, 30, October 7, 14
Registration Deadline: September 20 (materials will be mailed to you before start of first session)
Cost: Ten or fewer years in ministry, pay-what-you-can ($50 suggested minimum); More than ten years in ministry, $200
Scholarships available. Contact our director of educational design at eknisely@austinseminary.edu

Each session will end with an opportunity for participants to consider with each other ways in which the practices shared might inspire work in their own communities. No previous art or facilitation experience is necessary for any session.

 

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