Theological action research training day for doctoral students and researchers: 23rd September 2020

This training is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to embark on their own theological action research project.  The format on this occasion had to be adapted to enable online delivery due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Thankfully this had the benefit of enabling participation from further afield including from other countires.

The next available date for this training is January 6th 2021. Booking details.

Participant Feedback

“I think everything worked really well. I really enjoyed it thank you and so many of my questions were answered via the jam board and feedback from the groups. Three key insights: the type of conversations in Reflector meetings, a theology of revelation, the data is also reading me/us.”

“The insights are really questions about how to let go of the research question, which is also related to not looking at the data as a problem to be solved, as I understand it. Those questions are sticking with me if this is the right methodology for my project. I also appreciate how much this promotes ownership, which is key for my research. I liked the online format — it made it possible for me to attend.”

Three key insights: “Be prayerfully attentive to the data. The formal voice can include other disciplines. TAR is about discernment through conversation.”

“I have definitely learned about the power of conversational method through this training especially group conversations we had.”

“[My understanding of theological action research is now] deeper – surprise and conversation all now have more weight and validity.”

“Today has made me realise that I’ve missed having theological conversations! Hearing other people made me realise how much I’ve grown in this area since I first heard about it… so feel more confident. Will certainly pay attention to whose voices are at the table and whose voices may be missing.. so will apply that to the conversation partners.”

“A group can quickly become comfortable using language and concepts [of] the four theological voices. The processing of data in a group setting can produce outcomes greater than the sum of its parts. TAR is more adaptable and flexible that I had understood. Of course I would have loved more time and time together in person, but this was an excellent training given the constraints we are all under.”

“The categories and characteristics have been filled out, the group work gave a first taste of the difficulty and promise of the conversational approach and the four voices. the interview and summaries added a lot of practical wisdom about the practice.”

“The exercises in groups and general session were informative. I really loved the polyphonic and dialogical nature of the methodology. Stimulating and inspiring.”