What is Your Theology?

Oct 26, 2022 | 0 comments

-by Jessica Noonan, Associate Director of LEAD

The more people I talk to, the more I read and watch from new perspectives, and the more places I visit grows my own theology (or understanding of God). That is one advantage of living on the edges of a large city like Houston. You have no other choice but to engage with and interact with people different from you everywhere you go – it is so great! When I do my chaplain work at the nearby hospital, I get to minister to and pray with people from a variety of faith backgrounds – Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim. I am thankful for these encounters with all of God’s people as they expand my understanding of God. God is so much larger than we want to admit and too often we squish God into such a small box.

Serene Jones’s book, Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World, is her faith story. It’s the development of her theology from the time she is a child into adulthood. Through beautiful storytelling Jones shares her family’s complex history, her near-death experience, losing loved ones, becoming a parent, and being exposed to new cultures and new ideas. She shares how all of that life informed and sometimes reshaped her core beliefs about God as she lived out those beliefs in everyday life. There is a genuine, raw struggle in her story. And there is in yours too.

I encourage you to take some time this week and journal about your own understanding of God. Questions to wonder about:

  • Who are the significant people and what are the big events that shaped your childhood? How did they inform your theology?
  • What faith communities or other groups influenced your understanding of God? What lessons have you embraced in your understanding today?
  • When and where have you experienced different faith traditions and cultures that shape your theology today?

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