To be baptized
is to be in Christ and to share a common life of faith, a
Christ-like life intended to be radically different from that
of the world. It is a life of service and servanthood.
It is a life of action for justice, peace and reconciliation.
It is more than a momentary experience; it is the beginning of
a life-long process of growth in Christ.
seeks to express the content of faith in the clearest and most
coherent language available. The theologian speaks out of
the community of faith, participates in that community and reflects
The goal of education
is learning and learning occurs in many ways, under many circumstances,
and in a host of varied contexts. From one point of view,
learning is contiguous with living, certainly with growth.
Teaching is arranging environments and being present to others
in ways that assist their learning.
The main mission of theological education
is to better equip laity and clergy for faithful and effective
leadership in the service of Jesus Christ. Theological education
takes place throughout the church. It is closely linked
to spiritual formation.
The process of
Christian education can be outlined as follows:
Examine our lives - focus attention on some particular
practice or experience so that it can be named
Engage the church's faith - consider the faith of
the church contained in scripture and tradition and engage that
Renew and reform our faith - reflect upon our lives
in light of faith so as to gain insight
Live our faith - act upon these insights out of
new convictions and with new practices