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Theological empowerment of lay leaders: a citizen science projekt in Switzerland and Austria


Müller, Sabrina; Todjeras, Patrick (2021). Theological empowerment of lay leaders: a citizen science projekt in Switzerland and Austria. Ecclesial Practices, 8(2):185-198.

Abstract

The present research project addresses the question of how the theological literacy and agency of volunteer church leaders can be fostered so that cooperative church leadership can be achieved. The Protestant Churches of the Canton of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Austria, together with the Centre for Church Development of the University of Zurich, designed a participatory research process. The aim was to increase the communicative and participative competence of volunteers. Together, through a creative and discursive process, the foundations, educational processes and tools necessary for theological empowerment were developed with the volunteer church leaders. The cooperative project combines research and practice in the sense that practitioners were actively involved in generating, evaluating and discussing the data. In addition, in this project we found ways to continue participatory research – for example through online discourse formats – and thus not lose the essence of such research in times of covid-19.

Abstract

The present research project addresses the question of how the theological literacy and agency of volunteer church leaders can be fostered so that cooperative church leadership can be achieved. The Protestant Churches of the Canton of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Austria, together with the Centre for Church Development of the University of Zurich, designed a participatory research process. The aim was to increase the communicative and participative competence of volunteers. Together, through a creative and discursive process, the foundations, educational processes and tools necessary for theological empowerment were developed with the volunteer church leaders. The cooperative project combines research and practice in the sense that practitioners were actively involved in generating, evaluating and discussing the data. In addition, in this project we found ways to continue participatory research – for example through online discourse formats – and thus not lose the essence of such research in times of covid-19.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Institute of Theology
08 Research Priority Programs > Digital Religion(s)
Special Collections > Centers of Competence > Centre for Church Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion
Language:English
Date:2021
Deposited On:29 Dec 2021 06:23
Last Modified:21 Dec 2023 08:13
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:2214-4463
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/22144471-bja10028