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Friday, November 1 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Breakout 1.06: Normativity and Innovation: Future Oriented Religious Education

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How to work with normativity in the Religious Education faculty/program
Jos De Kock (ETF Leuven)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] How does a sufficient reflection on normativity look like in teaching religious educators? Partly based on the theoretical frameworks of De Kock and Norheim (2018) and De Kock, Sonnenberg and Renkema (2018) directions for working with normativity in RE faculties/programs is provided and discussed on. These directions are based on taking empirical observations in RE practices (including the daily lifes of students) as a starting point for organizing pedagogical and theological reflection on the level of four layers of normativity.

The Essential Role of Innovation for Educating in Faith and Life that Promotes Inclusion and Respectful Relationships: Some findings from an Action Research Study of Adult Faith Education in Canada 
Carol Kuzmochka (Saint Paul University)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] Among the findings of an Action Research Study of Adult Faith Education in Canada is the realization that innovative educational frameworks are – themselves – a source of hope for moving toward transforming practice that heals the division between faith and life. This paper explores how engaging an awareness-based action research approach and creative exaptation unleashes interdisciplinary wisdom from religious education, business change management, and social sciences to innovate adult religious education that promotes inclusion and respectful relationships - rather than divided societies.

Challenges and Opportunities for Asian Canadian Immigrant Churches and its educational implications
Nam Soon Song (Knox College of the University of Toronto)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] The research explores the opportunities and challenges for Asian Canadian Immigrant churches that are simultaneously housing first and second-generation congregants in two or three separate language services under the same roof. This research seeks critical information and educational implications to help transform current challenges into opportunities for these churches by examining what responses are required by ACICs to be relevant in meeting the needs of the two or three language congregants, which will lead to a sense of the future direction for these churches.

Keywords: action research, asian canadian, canadian adult faith education, creative expectation, empirical research, future church, innovation, multicultural, normativity, pedagogy, re program, theology.


John Valk

Professor, University of New Brunswick

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Carol Kuzmochka

researcher and part-time professor, Saint Paul University
I'm the principal researcher for an Action Research Project on Adult Faith Education in Canada. I also teach and practice.

Nam-Soon Song

Professor, Knox College
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Jos De Kock

Professor of Practical Theology | Rector, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium

Friday November 1, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Cabinet Room
  Breakout, Research Interest Group