Soulful Exploration for Adults (Ages 16+)
Building Your Own Theology (BYOT), by Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert, is one of the best-known titles in UU adult religious education. Partly in response to it, Rev. John Morehouse wrote a dissertation called Creating Theology Together, calling for a re-imagining of the individualized search for truth and meaning and the development of a shared theology in UU congregations. He wrote that such a shared curriculum “would begin to reinvigorate our foundational purpose and drive”. In particular, he thought, a shared theology would support a congregation in doing social justice work grounded in shared values and mission.
What’s the difference between these two curricula?
Building Your Own Theology is a learning exercise that invites individuals to identify their deeply held values, and to build a personal theology based on who they want to be.
Creating Theology Together goes further. It helps us see how our identity and theology are shaped by our lived experience.
By understanding our personal theology, we can engage and deepen our commitments in covenantal faith community. Then we can name and claim our shared theology, to inform and shape a public theology that grounds our faithful actions in the world.
Creating Theology Together joined the Fahs Curriculum Incubator program in April 2017, funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalism. A team of religious educators, led by Julica Hermann de la Fuente, includes Rev. Katie Romano Griffin, Anna Bethea, and Rev. Kate Lore. In addition, an advisory team of lay and religious leaders deeply committed to multicultural competencies and community work are working with the writers as the curriculum nears completion, including Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith, Christina Rivera and Elandria Williams. (From Fahs Collaborative Newsletter)
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