Practices, Rituals and the Christian Imagination

Designation: DMIN 8473

The most vital and subtle lessons of the Christian faith and life are conveyed in practices, rituals and gestures, which are formative and powerful because they are embodied theology that refuses to separate the mind, heart and body. Since the period of the early church, Christian practices and rituals have been places of the revelation of God and the encounter with Jesus Christ. They function as a prism allowing Christians to view the world through a particular lens, providing a new frame for interpreting life and imagining the world. Through the actions and symbols of Christian ritual, worshipers encounter the living God, discover profound connections within the body of Christ, and experience the transforming power of the Spirit.  Yet the rituals of the church often fall short of their potential for such encounter and transformation.  This course will examine what makes rituals work and what hinders them from fulfilling their purposes.

Recommended Prior Study

Instructor

Dr. Irma Fast-Dueck
Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Canadian Mennonite University: adcinfo@acadiau.ca

Available at Acadia Wolfville Campus

Course Information
Current Schedule - One-Week Intensive - Fall Term 2019 Designation Instructor

Oct. 21-25, 2019

DMIN 8473 X1 Dr. Irma Fast-Dueck