We did a one year program called "Construct Your Own Theology." Developed in-house, we did one theological locus a month, spending four weeks as follows:
- What does everyone think about __________?
- What is the history of Christian thought about _________? How do we get to (what passes for) orthodoxy on the subject?
- What are some modern ideas about __________? (compare creeds, statements of faith, what theologians say, where ever there's something to discuss)
- How have the past three weeks informed you? Have your thoughts about ______ changed, and if so, how? If you feel even more strongly about how you originally thought, share why.
We covered the Creator God, Jesus on Earth, Christ as the Son, the Holy Spirit, evil/harm/bad things that happen, sin, redemption, ministry, the church, baptism, communion, and one that's slipping my mind at the moment.
It was a lot of work, because there was a lot of research for weeks 2 and 3, but it helped our group understand each other. We had people who came from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Dutch Reformed, Evangelical Free, Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ backgrounds, so it was very interesting to hear each other.