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Monday, January 08, 2007


Margaret Sutherland

but the issue that jumps out to me is that if we are become or emerge towards a church where each person contributes / participates then the "congregation" needs educated in what this means.

I think this is a hugely important point. Are people really surprised when people don’t participate when given the opportunity?? Government have tried with the consultation process but guess what – few people participate! Churches (or anyone else for that matter) can’t expect people to make paradigmatic shifts in thinking and acting without some support and guidance to get them there. I see moving from a didactic style to a participatory style as a process and a journey. There are lots of good participatory approaches in use in society – see participatory methodologies in use in relation to community in parts of the African continent, South America, work of Paulo Freire to name but a few. We would do well to explore these and learn from them.

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