Something that my reading and writing of the past few months has gotten me thinking about are the distinctions between various types of thought and work that occur within the religious realm. I am wonder about the distinction between theology and ideology, between theology and philosophy, and between theology and doctrine. These area very different questions so I’ll focus on the last one. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by douglashunter on March 4, 2009
Sorry to post about something not directly pertaining to a church lesson but there is an event at BYU next week that I wanted to let the Feasters who live in the area know about. The event is called “Speaking Across Differences” at the BYU law school, on Wednesday March 11th @ noon in Library Room 275/276.
It consists of a screening of my short film The Constant Process about the life journey and theology of lesbian priest Susan Russell. There will also be a discussion (with me) afterwards that I hope will address a number of topics: from the audience’s personal responses to Susan’s story , to the ethics of engaging the other, to personal responses to the ethical / theological dimensions of prop 8.
If you can, please attend, it’s an opportunity for thoughtful dialogue around challenging issues.
Posted by douglashunter on January 16, 2009
A short, poorly written, pop quiz for the sake of poking fun at seeds and signifiers. . .1980′s style, naturally. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by douglashunter on October 5, 2008
Some thoughts concerning Lesson 19: Stand Fast Through the Storms of Life.
1) When addressing the storms of life, or trials, or suffering, what types of suffering are we talking about? The opening example of the lesson from Joseph’s life is a dramatic story of individual physical torture, as a result of his teachings and leadership of the Church. This type of suffering is also implied / described at several other times in the lesson even though no other such dramatic examples are provided. Physical suffering for the cause of the church, for the sake of faith in God dominates the material, but there are mentions or suggestions of other types of suffering such as the photo of a family in the hospital found on p. 234, or the mention of Joseph having a serious illness on p. 233. Nonetheless it’s worth asking how broad the notion of suffering presented in the lesson is? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by douglashunter on August 25, 2008
In reading Alma and in listening to the lessons on Alma the past few weeks. I am struck by how the notion of liberty is used throughout the text. It seems to me that the concept is present in the text in a fully modern sense. This would be in the sense that it was present in a young post revolutionary America and as found in the writing of John Stuart Mill. This really jumps off the page for me every time I read the sections of Alma that give captain Moroni’s reasons for going to war, in that he gives his reasons directly in terms of liberty as such. Am I alone in thinking that this is curious or begs to be investigated? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by douglashunter on August 4, 2008
I apologize in advance for the poor condition of these notes. I am posting them anyway because for the first time in months I actually have some lesson planning done before Saturday night!
I see this lesson as quite naturally lending itself to discussions of several areas:
1- The historical context of 19th century America.
2- Some possible differences between how we understand geography today and how early Saints may have thought of it.
3- The promises and risks to community that come with the concept of Zion.
4- The literal and figurative concepts of Zion and the different implications of each for our faith and action.
Posted by douglashunter on December 8, 2007
A little off topic, I realize, but knowing there are a few folks interested in philosophy here Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by douglashunter on July 12, 2007
My participation in this blog has been marked by a closer examination of how I present lessons, my goals, and expectations when presenting a lesson. I have to say that in the past 6 months I’ve made significant changes to how I prepare and present lessons. In short the change can be described as a move away from a close analysis of the material, the reading of supporting scripture and the structure of the lesson to a concern for being able to ask good questions. It seems to me now that the single most powerful form of preparation I can do is to create good questions. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by douglashunter on June 11, 2007
I seem to recall that back in December or January we decided as a group to do this blog as a 6 month trial run and then take stock, see how we have done, what we have done, and consider how well it has meshed with the wiki page. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by douglashunter on May 5, 2007
Lesson 20: The Women of the Church
For Mother’s Day I have been asked to teach this lesson, hopefully, others will be doing the same, and jumping forward to lesson 20 won’t be too disruptive. As usual I’ll give a brief outline of the lesson and then go into some ideas / thoughts that I hope can serve to generate some discussion. Frankly, I am looking forward to discussing this lesson because I find the material so challenging, but more on that later. Read the rest of this entry »