Saturday, March 03, 2012
Was great to listen to John Swinton, Professor of Practical Theology from Aberdeen University, speak at the Uniting Church of South Australia Synod today. Back in 2003, I wrote a journal article on his research method, along with John Drane’s: “Doing practical research downunder: a methodological reflection on recent trends in Aberdonian practical theology,” Contact 142, 1 (2003): 2-21. (I never realised it actually got published until 2007, when I met a Anglican ordinand from the UK, who helped me track down an actual copy.)
Then in September last year, I connected with John again, at the Ecclesiology and Ethnography conference in Durham.
Today John spoke on health, healing and community and it was wonderful. Here’s one (of many memorable) quote:
The task of the church is not world transformation but signalling kingdom through small gestures. John Swinton
As in this, colour and creativity in concrete places?