Sunday, March 09, 2008
I took this course in the hopes that it would aid me in learning how to minister to all people-those with widely diverse opinions as well as those who share my same experiences. I felt it was important to have the basis of the history and development of western thought from which to encompass all understandings.
At first I wondered if there could ever be common ground between God-centered and science-centered people. As the course progressed, my questions increased. How could I possibly learn and remember all these great thinkers and theories. With all these different theories, what common ground could there be. Then I began to realize that I will not be called on to repeat these facts. The person I minister to will have the benefit of my understanding the concepts underlying science and spirituality. I will have a well rounded knowledge from which to identify a person’s basis-I only have to listen and be open to what they are telling me. It is not bible preaching that will comfort someone in crisis. It is not science that will provide the answers to all those who are searching. It is a combination of both approaches and the person I am ministering to will lead me to what they need.
The most valuable lesson I have learned from this course is that I am able to minister to a person from both backgrounds. If I listen well enough I will know what he needs. I will also know when I need help, be it more facts of history and development of western thought or a mirror to delve deeper into my own abilities. There is a way to minister to all people who come across our path and invite us into their life.
Thank you for all the hard work you have done with this course. The overview was what I needed and will be a good resource for future studies. Your personal insights moved me and inspired me. I appreciate your including those –it helped to put a human face on this lesson.
Rev. Elizabeth Andres