The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning into God's New Creation - eBook
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The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning into God's New Creation - eBook  -     By: Courtney T. Goto

The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning into God's New Creation - eBook

Pickwick Publications / 2016 / ePub

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Title: The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning into God's New Creation - eBook
By: Courtney T. Goto
Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Pickwick Publications
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781498273916
ISBN-13: 9781498273916
Series: Horizons in Religious Education
Stock No: WW110572EB

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Believers and teachers of faith regularly know the in-breaking of God's Spirit in their midst, when revelatory experiencing unexpectedly shifts habits of thinking, feeling, and doing toward more life-giving ways of being and becoming. When the moment is right, Spirit breathes new life into dry bones. Though religious educators have much practical wisdom about facilitating learning that is creative and transformative, sharper concepts, cases, and theory can help them do it more critically and assist learners to practice openness to wonder, surprise, and authenticity. The Grace of Playing explains how we can create the conditions for revelatory experiencing by understanding it in light of playing. The notion of playing "as if" can be powerfully reclaimed from ecclesial ambivalence, casual speech, and commercial interests that often lead playing to be associated with childishness, frivolity, or entertainment. This book theorizes adults playing for the sake of faith, drawing on D. W. Winnicott's psychoanalytic theory, a revision of Jurgen Moltmann's theology of play, biblical texts, medieval devotional practices, as well as art and aesthetics that help local faith communities engage in theological reflection. Communal forms of playing in/at God's new creation provide insights into pedagogies in which learners are creating and are created anew.

Author Bio

Courtney T. Goto is Assistant Professor of Religious Education at the Boston University School of Theology and a codirector of the Center for Practical Theology. Her research interests include aesthetic teaching and learning; imagination, creativity, and embodied knowing in adult religious education; and intersections of power, privilege, and culture in practical theology. Goto is a third-generation Japanese American United Methodist.

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