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Tuesday, March 4

  1. msg Discussion Question 1 message posted Discussion Question 1 Discussion Question 1   Recall your response to the Preparatory Question for this unit.  In rev…
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    Recall your response to the Preparatory Question for this unit.  In reviewing the possible goals, participants and elements for TR outlined in the Instructor’s Notes, which of these do you consider most important in your own current experience of TR?  Why?  If you are not able to name a current experience of TR for yourself, which goals, participants and elements might be most important for you in the future?
     
    My present Theological reflection is on a young dedicated Christian brother who died recently in my area of  pastoral ministry. In our judgement, the young man was God fearing, trust worthy and aspires towards holiness.  He was diagnosed HIV positive. A promising you graduate who since after his graduation ten years ago have not been able to secure a good job and was not married.  His illness was not dictated early enough, though he actually received adequate treatment, recovered but later relapsed and died.  His death was shocking and looks absurd to every one. This sad event have been of serious concern to me, and have made me be thinking, raising some questions in my mind: Where was God when this young man went through these ordeal?; Where actually lies the value and essence of human life; the value and importance of suffering and human toil and what really happens after death? 

    Participants TR involved: 
    A) An individual person
    I choose this because it concerns me as an individual person.

    Elements of TR to be used:
    1) Personal experience / cultural context / Experiences and situations.
    2)  Christian Tradition.
    I choose these element for TR because they are the most appropriate to properly address the challenging situation. 

    TR goals to achieve: 
    1. Growth in spiritual wisdom and ability to discern God’s presence and activity in our challenges. 
    2. Strengthening of one’s identity and sense of wholeness as a person.
    3. Increased sense of meaning for one’s life and ministry.

    I consider these the most important goals to achieve in my TR in the present situations/context of my life. The realization  of them will give meaning and answers to the questions raised, and will prepare me to face many more future challenges in my life and ministry.
    3:29 am

Friday, October 25

  1. msg Discussion Question 3 message posted Discussion Question 3 I very much agree with the thought of Libermann that for a missionary to truly evangelize  the peop…
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    I very much agree with the thought of Libermann that for a missionary to truly evangelize  the people, he must first accept the people for whom they are - their culture, believe, values, etc. The missionary at first contact with another culture must empty himself of all biases, prejudices and embrace the new culture and people. That is exactly what St Paul means by being all things for the people in order to bring them to Christ. With this approach, the missionary will easily win the people's trust and confidence. One of the major ways of entering into a new culture and people is learning and speaking their language. With this the people will easily accept you and the message you are carrying. I think this is the main thrust of theology of inculturation - marriage between people's culture and the gospel message of Christ. There may still be the need to modernize, transform, or bring in new ideas into the culture and life of the people. But that will gradually take place after the initial acceptance of the new culture and people.

    Naturally as a person the reactions I usually have when encountering a new culture and people are fear, feeling of superiority and withdrawal. Though this depend on the context. Yes, Natural as human being, we always want to maintain our comfort  zones, feels superior than the others. Changes most times are not easily welcomed. But as a religious Through the impacts of personal experiences and formation I have learnt to be patient, to with hold judgement, to accept the new culture and people, have open mind to the new mission areas ( posting and transfers ), cultures and people. 
    11:30 am
  2. msg Discussion Question 2 message posted Discussion Question 2 I accept Uzukwu's thesis to a reasonable extend considering the fact that Africans originally had g…
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    I accept Uzukwu's thesis to a reasonable extend considering the fact that Africans originally had good and valuable cultural heritage such as: Communal living, believe in sacredness of life (Sanctity of life),  monotheism/pantheism; strong, purposeful and visionary leadership; sound/good arts and culture which are gradually being eroded as a result of colonialism, modernism, and encounter with other cultures. If the values and cultures are systematically  retrieved and modernized, it will go a long way in healing Africa holistically. Another consideration is the way and manner of the realization  of  this thesis considering the fact that Africans have imbibed the present negative cultures and values over so many years, and have internalize them. Well education, enlightenment, reorientation etc can go a long way in achieving this. 
    11:29 am
  3. msg Discussion Question 1 message posted Discussion Question 1 Discussion Question 1.  Uzukwu’s opening pages provide a small social analysis of the crisis situa…
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     Uzukwu’s opening pages provide a small social analysis of the crisis situation in Africa.  Do you understand your own context to be one of crisis?  Why or why not?
     
    The present Nigerian societal context is one of crisis. For so many years there has been series of religious rivalry and conflict between the Christians and Muslims in the country particularly in the northern part of the country. These have led to destruction of lives and properties whose worth are inestimable.  In most of the northern states of the nation, the Christians cannot freely gather to worship for fear of the Muslim terrorists especially the group called Boko Harram who has unleashed a lot mayhem/harm on the Christians and fellow Muslims alike. 

    Nigeria like most other countries in the world has its own share of natural disaster. Nigeria is among the nations in the world that is affected annually by flood. This has claimed so many lands, houses, government projects and lives whose values worth millions of Naira. 

    Nigerian nation is classified among the ten most corrupt nations in the world. It is speculated that nine out of every ten Nigerian is corrupt. Bribery and Corruption exist in every sector of Nigerian life and culture. People embezzle government and societal money and properties without being probed, prosecuted and penalized. Injustice is being perpetuated in Nigeria daily. Individual  rights and privileges are denied of them. Job opportunities, political positions, admission into schools, even sometimes academic qualifications are not given based on merits but rather on federal character, Quoter system, ethnicity, tribe etc.

    Nigeria is presently rated among the ten most risky nations. In Nigeria today because of the global challenge of terrorism, and religious crisis, there is high level of insecurity of lives and properties. The hopeless thing about this situation is that the present government in nigeria seem to have no solution or plan to tackle terrorism in Nigeria. 

    The poverty rate in Nigeria is high. An average Nigerian can't afford a good square meal. Majority of Nigerians are jobless. Hence can't afford the luxury of meaningful living in the country.

    In the area of infrastructure, Nigeria is struggling. Most roads and  other infrastructures in Nigeria are in bad shape.  Electric power supply is epileptic, there are no good portable water in the urban and rural areas. 
    Sickness, diseases, and infection is on the increase in Nigeria. The mortality rate is high particularly among children, pregnant and nursing mothers, and the aged. Killer diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, etc are rampant. 

    Nigeria is one of the African nations experiencing bad governance. As I indicated earlier, leadership position in Nigeria is not by merit, hence what we have is half baked leaders, and selfish leaders who lack vision. In honesty, Nigerian nation is fragmented, in serious crisis and heading to doom. It seriously need thorough overhauling, reorientation, transformation and renewal. 
    11:26 am

Thursday, October 24

  1. msg Discussion Question 2 message posted Discussion Question 2 Discussion Question 2 In Krisak’s discussion of “tools” for theological reflection, choose one too…
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    In Krisak’s discussion of “tools” for theological reflection, choose one tool (experience, self-awareness, text or community) and consider how your own formation so far in religious community has shaped your understanding of it.  

     Self-awareness : It was Plato who said that " an unexamined life is not worth living." This highlights the importance of self-awareness in an individual's life. Self-awareness is the ability to be conscious of the activities that occurs in ones' life both internally and externally. It is the ability to know one's self, to have the capacity to go into the self to discover the realities or truth within the self. Self-awareness is an important tool for theological reflection in the sense that it enables the individual to discover God in the self before discovering Him in the others.  It is said that " charity begins at home", also that "One can not give what he does not have." Hence without self-awareness it might be impossible for the missionary to utilize the other three tools of theological reflection effectively in ministry.
    My formation in the religious houses has greatly and positively shaped my understanding and appreciation of Self-awareness. Through the courses we shared in the seminary formation, personal experiences, encounter with the formators in the seminary and religious communities, I have come to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of self-awareness as an essential tool in theological reflection, relationships and ministry. Self-awareness leads to self discovery, and the awareness of God's presence in our lives. It enables us to be aware of our strength, weaknesses, abilities, talents, values, lacks and offers opportunities for personal transformation. Self-awareness in Christian formation leads to self appreciation, good self esteem and healthy relationship with God and human beings. Thanks to the Initial and On-going formation in my religious life for these knowledge. 
     
    4:09 pm
  2. msg Discussion Question 3 message posted Discussion Question 3 (36)  As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried an…
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    (36)  As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (37)  So he said to his disciples, The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. (38) Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.   Matthew 9:36-38.

    I choose this passage because it makes the understanding of practical theology easier and more practical. It highlights very much Veling's attributes or features of Practical theology: Attentiveness, Thoughtfulness, shows understanding to human challenges, contextual,  bridging the gap between Systematic theology and Pastoral theology, attending to human needs,  etc. 
    3:55 pm
  3. msg Discussion Question 2 message posted Discussion Question 2 Veling sees practical as a Divine science that bridges the gap between Systematic theology and Pa…
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    Veling sees practical as a Divine science that bridges the gap between Systematic theology and Pastoral theology (human contextual situations). He opined that practical theology  uses the gospel to address human situations. He views practical theology as  thoughtful, attentive, and shows understanding to human context and situations. In his opinion Practical theology is less a thing to be defined than activity to be done, it is more of a verb ( action ) than a noun. He thinks that practical theology sees life as on-folding, still becoming, and endeavors to keep relationship with the world open. The work of practical theology is Vocational Work. These are some of the features or characteristics of practical theology he highlighted.
    3:52 pm
  4. msg Discussion Question 1 message posted Discussion Question 1 The story of the homeless shelter in the micro-lecture clearly brings the ideas of Practical Theo…
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    The story of the homeless shelter in the micro-lecture clearly brings the ideas of Practical Theology to limelight in the sense that it made theology to be more concrete and addresses human contextual situations ( the homeless were sheltered). Practical theology is an attempt to bridge the gap between Theology ( systematic theology ) and ( pastoral theology) human contextual life. It is an attempt to make the gospel more alive and active,  to use the gospel to address human situations. Hence the story of the homeless shelter perfectly fits into the realm of practical theology. 
    From my understanding of Veling's presentation of Practical Theology, I believe he sees the story of the homeless shelter as Practical Theology in action. Veling considers practical theology as a Divine science that bridges the gap between Systematic theology and human contextual situations. He views practical theology as a theology that uses the gospel to address human situations. He presented practical theology as  being thoughtful, attentive, and shows understanding to human context and situations. The story of the homeless shelter perfectly represent these ideas of Veling.
    3:48 pm

Thursday, October 3

  1. msg unit2 discussion2 message posted unit2 discussion2 I very much appreciate the values you described that are in the person of Peter especially his stea…
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    I very much appreciate the values you described that are in the person of Peter especially his steadfastness and readiness to learn from his mistakes. But personally I mostly identify with the personality of Christ because of his friendly, gentle, humane and forgiving nature. I very much admire these virtues and desires to have them. He was very natural, at home with the disciples,  and humble to the core. The step he took in reconciling with Peter and the other dispels; the ritual of actualizing is so perfect and calls for emulation.
    7:53 am
  2. msg unit2 discussion2 message posted unit2 discussion2 I very much appreciate the values you described that are in the person of Peter especially his stea…
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    I very much appreciate the values you described that are in the person of Peter especially his steadfastness and readiness to learn from his mistakes. But personally I mostly identify with the personality of Christ because of his friendly, gentle, humane and forgiving nature. I very much admire these virtues and desires to have them. He was very natural, at home with the disciples,  and humble to the core. The step he took in reconciling with Peter and the other dispels; the ritual of actualizing is so perfect and calls for emulation.
    7:53 am

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