The latest book in our series “Asian Christianity in the Diaspora” is Interreligous Pedagogy: Reflections and Applications in Honor of Judith A. Berling.
Please do order it for your libraries!
Interreligous Pedagogy: Reflections and Applications in Honor of Judith A. Berling
Editors: Park, Jung Eun Sophia, Wu, Emily S. (Eds.)
- Provides theoretical frameworks for engagements across conventional borders
Explores how collaborative learning model can be utilized in various teaching settingsExplores interreligious pedagogy with considerations of social, political, ecological, and cultural power dynamics
About the Book
This volume is a collection of essays by former students of Judith Berling based on her revolutionary interreligious pedagogy. Her pedagogy can be summarized as a student centered, collaborative, and engaging teaching and learning process sparked by various ways of boundary-crossing. In this enterprise, each chapter explores the importance of understanding and negotiating “differences” through dialogue. The authors provide theoretical frameworks for engagements across conventional borders, and explore how the collaborative teaching model can be utilized in various teaching settings. As an example of her dialogical approach, Judith Berling herself provides a response to the chapters.
“A teacher can become immortal when her insights and practices empower students to embrace new challenges and cross new boundaries in different contexts across their careers. In this collection of essays written by her students, we can see the indelible mark of Judith Berling’s deep learning, innovative methodology, interreligious engagement and respect for each person’s promise. Years ago Judith invited me into the “open space for mutual learning” that she has famously created for students and colleagues at the Graduate Theological Union. I am grateful that this volume, with rich examples that can be emulated, invites new participants to share and explore that open space.” (Michael Gilligan, President, Henry Luce Foundation, USA)
“Berling has been shaping the field of interreligious pedagogy not only through her scholarship, but more importantly through her dedication to whole person education whose purpose is to help her students become both informed scholars and respected human beings in the world beyond the academy. The education for the whole personhood is a value embraced by both Christianity, her lived religion and Chinese religions, her scholarly expertise, and she constantly crosses boundaries of different religious and cultural boundaries to embody the value in her scholarship, teaching and mentoring. This books is a small showcase of her life-long boundary-crossing pedagogy with many entrance points, turns, exits and reentries. Highly recommend it for both interreligious studies scholars and pedagogical practitioners!” (Boyung Lee, Professor of Practical Theology, Iliff School of Theology, USA)
“One of the biggest challenges in theological education today and for the foreseeable future is interreligious engagement. Judith Berling’s brilliant and multifaceted career includes developing and practicing interreligious pedagogy that offers multiple ways in which to effectively transform challenges into opportunities for greater understanding and appreciation of one another. This volume is a fitting tribute to the master teacher.” (Uriah Y. Kim, John Dillenberger Professor of Biblical Studies, Graduate Theological Union, USA)
“This collection of essays offers a rich introduction to Judith Berling’s practices of interreligious teaching and learning. Written by her students, the ideas reflected in each chapter are important in themselves, as embodied approaches to dialogue, interreligious pedagogy and interdisciplinary boundary crossing. I commend this book to all who are interested in new approaches to interreligious theological education and religious studies.” (Philip L. Wickeri, Advisor to the Archbishop on Historical and Theological Studies, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, Anglican Church)
About the Authors
Jung Eun Sophia Park, SNJM, is associate professor in Religious Studies at the Holy Names University. She is the author of numerous books, including Dislocation as Experience: Creating a Hybrid Identity, Constructing a Borderland (2010), and Border Crossing Spirituality: Transformation in the Borderland (2016). Her research interest is global women’s spirituality and cross-cultural spiritual direction.
Emily S. Wu teaches in the Religion Department and Service-Learning Program in Dominican University of California. She is the author of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the United States: Searching for Spiritual Meaning and Ultimate Health (2013).Wu’s teaching and community work also explore the diasporic, transnational, and cross-cultural Asian experiences.