Global Pedagogy: "A Table Conversation"

From: Volume 1, Issue 3: Fall 2004 Pages 140-151

Abstract

Evangelical Christian education has historically been tied to a western, if not outright North American, worldview. However, missional efforts by evangelical churches, like the Church of the Nazarene, as well as a growing global awareness present new challenges for the task of discipleship. Competing concepts within globalization complicate the task. Concepts epitomized in Benjamin Barber's terms "McWorld" and "Jihad" may result in educational strategies resembling either commodity-based commercialism or tribal coercive violence. Christian educators must develop a pedagogical conversation based on alternative visions of diversity and unity, using redemptive images cultivated from ecclesial and family settings. This article proposes such an alternative sacramental/familial image, global pedagogy as table conversation, and projects how such a vision might overcome the educational challenges presented by commercial domination or violent reaction.

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