Millennial Transitioning Theology
A theology specifically done with the voices and experiences of young adults would be cool, but the world does not need another realm of theology to underpin another’s experience.
I have heard of theological movement that accounts for cultures but not particular stages of life. I believe within many movements, this specific group can find solace, such as within feminist theology, womanist theology, and regular theology; but one that is tailored for this group of people I believe is critical to add to the theological field, especially in this day and climate.
We’ve discussed the younger generations draw backs/ resistance to Christianity and theology. Most millennials do not claim Christianity because the religious traditions have scarred them and do not appeal or apply to their circumstances. I resonated with millennials in that traditional Christianity does have a scarring effect on the human experiences of those different from the majority; in laymen terms; it seems like a bunch of people fighting for the right for their humanity to be understood and/ or a bunch of people talking over each other not focusing on God but their own agenda. In the constant bickering, it seems as though the focus is shifting but not in a direction that allows for all to be heard but to preserve their own. It is a neglecting of voices.
Before seminary I believed theology and its movements did not allow for a walking alongside of purposes to account for other voices, but it was an either/or situation (either God is ____ or He is not). The truth I am discovering is that these movements ARE calling for a mutual understanding, but somewhere in the human psyche [the fall], mutuality gets misunderstood as a form of succession not commonalities. Hints the major need for reconciliation in our world. Mutuality does not have to strip one party of their identity and should not cause division.
Theology and Ethics
I read Women Encounter God: theology across the boundaries of difference where Linda Moody goes into Feminist, Mujerista, and Womanist theological movements, what they stand for and how they can account for a holistic view of women doing theology. It starts with Feminist theology as a response to white male theology, calling for a shift in non-gendered language and accounting for women’s views in interpretations of scriptures. Then Mujerista and Womanist theology argue that feminist theology does not account for the independent realities of women of color, their histories and experiences that shape their beliefs. Mujerista theology is a liberation theological view that accounts for Latin American women’s experiences read in the biblical narrative and their ways of doing theology in community; listening to their oppression and how their theology listens to their reality of God as being within creation and community and liberating them from oppression. Womanist theology seeks to represent all peoples, and within this context, black women in every form they may take. This form of womanist theology takes special focus of the history of the slave narrative in the black experience and the relation to suffering and survival seen in Jesus Christ.
These are beautiful, but there are 3 theological movements that can stand together and say, “theology must account for individual humanity of all of creations and their realities.” They seem to instead, pin against each other rather than walk alongside one another.
Unfortunately, that is easier said than done in theology (as I’m getting a sneak peak in seminary of the different voices all wanting the same thing but seems to be driven by personal agendas of accounting for one more than another instead of equally being heard and supporting one another.)
Ministries to and with Persons of Disabilities and their families
In ministries to/with PWD, is the most evident I’ve seen the lack of reconciliation/ mutuality. Not within the materials for class but in ways that ideologies and experiences are shared that are important, but differ in one word therefore seems to scrap the previous ideal and exalt their own. It is frustrating because it seems simple!!! Listen to the other parties and insert the compassion and grace of God that says, “your experience is valid, let us join forces that shows God’s multidimensionality within His creation.” This is the sentence that seems to be missing. Where is the sacrifice of self and compromise? Maybe it is “too early for me to see it” or maybe “that’s what everyone is actually saying” and I’m not understanding correctly.
These multi-sects of theology and Christianity are not helpful in a theology of reconciliation if we are not putting it all together for ourselves and the rest of the world to use/ live out. But I am a first year so what do I know?
I like the idea of adding a millennial transitioning theology to the game because it would address the damages done by traditional Christianity, the expression of realities for both millennials and those emerging into adulthood, and hopefully live out the reconciliation of other voices within their stand for vocalization. I hope to accomplish reconciliation of voices in my lifetime or at least scratch the surface.