Participating in communities of truth in Spring 2013

Posted by tom | Jan 30, 2013

"'To teach is to create a space in which the community of truth is practiced.' . . . Community is clearly central to four issues that have long been basic to the life of the mind: the nature of reality (ontology), how we know reality (epistemology), how we teach and learn (pedagogy), and how education forms or deforms our lives in the world (ethics). Under these rubrics, I offer some notes toward a recovery of community that is appropriate to the world of education and rooted in a spiritual understanding of 'the hidden wholeness.'" -- Parker Palmer. "To Know as We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey" (HarperCollins, 1993, xiii), see

Do you long for "a space in which the community of truth is practiced"? With regard to Emerging Scholars I pray and work toward such spaces been found and/or created. Furthermore, I explore what such communities look like and how they can be supported/developed further.

A little more of the story: If you have been following the ESN FB Feed you realize that this is a reading for "EM/SF56: Strategies for Formation in the Church" (Evangelical Seminary). My first class is started on Monday evening and as has been my experience at Evangelical, I found it "a space in which the community of truth is practiced." To God be the glory!

In addition to taking this class, I have two students with whom I'm working with as a Ministry Mentor (PM694 Mentored Ministry II). What a joy to invite Joe and Holly into campus ministry for a term. They'll not only be part of the mix in South Central PA (with an emphasis on PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society/CMDA), but also engage with ESN's various on-line endeavors including this "community." Pray for us to as we seek to nurture "a space in which the community of truth is practiced."

Thank-you for being part of the larger community of truth of which I am member AND an encourager/support of the smaller communities of truth of which I am member! To God be the glory! 

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