I have to admit that I enjoy my EMMU studies! Both this year and last the assignment topics have been engaging and relevant and I learnt from being forced to put my thoughts down on paper. I do get frustrated though by the length of the assignments. They are necessarily short (and I'm not complaining) but my thoughts are long.
The assignment I worked on yesterday involved reading a booklet and applying it to the Marikana event. It was an interesting exercise, but I found myself convinced that we are seriously lacking in intellectual integrity in our theological and contextual thinking. I know that we are student ministers and perhaps are pre-school theologians, but I am not finding enough serious grappling in the Methodist Church.
I think it is unfashionable to disagree with others - after all, we should accept and love each other and co-operate and so on. But do we advance if we don't dialogue? And does that not require at least temporary disagreement?
But I find that I lack the courage to enter the discourse. I am too easily cowed by the dismissive word. I am too afraid of hurting an author who has at least made an attempt to get something out there. (And I am too afraid of offending my assignment marker...)
Where to now?