Self Reflection Essay Instructions
Introduction to Christian Education
EL1515, Luther Seminary, Fall 2012
Reflect on your own experience with, and history of, religious education in light of Roberto’s ideas (which will be presented in class) and Palmer’s epistemological description of a “community of truth.” In doing so, please make sure that you answer at least the following questions:
How did you come to know yourself as a person of faith?
What are your earliest memories of someone sharing stories of God with you? Did you have any sense of participating in a “community of truth”? If so, in what ways?
Describe an experience that strengthened your faith, and describe an experience which challenged it. (If you are having a hard time thinking of these, your spirituality textbook might prompt some memories.)
Which of the four quadrants that Roberto identifies have you found yourself within (you may well have been in each of them at some point in your life, or in various contexts within your journey).
As you look over the educational leadership competencies (found here: </web/Portfolio.html>), which ones most intrigue you? Which ones are you already familiar with? Which ones do you think will be the most challenging for you to complete during your degree at Luther?
And finally, what is your current vision of educational leadership for faith? (this last element will be something that you need to include in your portfolio in section one, so this is a good place to begin articulating what you’d like that statement to be) Hint: there will be useful examples in both your core foundational textbook, and your spirituality textbook.
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