Well, this will be a short post, since things are rather hectic at the moment. Essay deadline day is a week and a half away and anyone who knows me will tell you what that means. Yes, that’s right, utter madness, late nights, and high levels of stress – all the way up to the point where the work is in and I can sleep for a couple of days straight! This year I have 3 items of work to submit (as well as 4 exams to sit at the end of May). These are a 10,000 word dissertation on Theories of Atonement and the Holy Spirit, a 3,000 word on Christian mission and inter-faith dialogue, and a 10,000 word piece known as the Pastoral Portfolio. For those doing the BTh like me this is the one item for submission that everyonemust do, everything else is personal choice (within limits, and sometimes mandated by your training establishment). The Pastoral Portfolio, however, is mandated as compulsory for all BTh students by the University’s rubrics.
The portfolio consists of three pieces, all of them theological reflections on a pastoral experience or encounter. One must be from within a Church Placement context, one from a Social Context Placement context, and the final related to a pastoral theology subject of your interest. I am considering my reaction to an experience during a Communion service in South Africa, the rankless nature of Navy Chaplains in comparison to everyday ministry, and ministry on the internet. And it is this final one that has me blogging for an ulterior motive this evening. You see, part of that final piece is an online web-project/blog which will be archived and submitted alongside a reflection on the process. Therefore, if you’d like to pop over to the Pixelated Parish site, read the pieces and comment if you’d like, that would be really helpful.
If I don’t blog again here for a couple of weeks it’ll be because my hands are typing vast academic tracts or I’m asleep. In the meantime, travel well.