Seminary of the 3rd Age – Jonathan Barker
Prayer as Discerning the Will of God
Jonathan is an actively retired Uniting Church minister who continues to draw on insights of the “New Secular Religious Mode” and its practices originating from his time as a member of the Chicago based Order Ecumenical whose aim was the renewal of the church for its mission with the disempowered. He doctoral dissertation on A Theology of Social Transformation was awarded by the Graduate Theologian Union, Berkeley.
His presentation, “Prayer as discerning the Will of God” is a reflection on the dynamics of prayer within a post-modernist world view.
How does one pray when the very idea of a divine power intervening to save after the holocaust seems nonsense to so many? Jonathan proposes that because nothing can finally destroy the freedom we have as human beings, prayer becomes a way of discerning the “necessary deeds” which we are required to alleviate human suffering and be Christ-like in our daily lives.
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