December 10, 2007 - recent posts on Organizational
Theory and Education
One of the books I have in me is a theology of failure-
I have spoken often of "my Midian" and the ministry of the
wilderness in exacting transformation.
I suppose that is one reason why I see Mezirow as high on the "able
to be integrated" quotient:
He points out that transformative learning theory always begins with
a disorienting dilemma, then follows self-examination with feelings
of guilt or shame;a critical assessment of assumption. But this may
be where Mezirow and the reality of grace start to diverge. Or rather
this may be where a branch occurs- one will either (a)follow the path
Mezirow suggests, or (b)allow the circumstance to freeze one in their
tracks, or conversely (c)wait upon the Lord to bring transformation
in the heart. I am still thinking about this. One may simply be unable
to negotiate change- rather casting oneself headlong on grace is the
There may not be options for new roles, relationships,and actions from
a temporal perspective. Moses was not planning a course of action in
Midian, althougt the shepherding skills he was gaining by grace would
serve him well in his newly assigned role.Maybe working with sheep was
a provisional trying out of the new role, but I doubt it was volitional.
Perhaps this is the same with new skill acquisition. It was his obedience
in the face of his lack of competencies that made him the most humble
Pauls commission in Acts 9:15-16 says I will show him how
much he must suffer for My names sake. When defending his
qualifications, Paul most consistently eschewed his accomplishments
in favor of his sufferings as a source of authority. His catalogues
of hardship (1 Cor 4:9-13; 2 Cor 6:3-5; 11:23-30) demonstrated his authority
and influence were not tied to position or office.
Transformation requires reintegration of reality, but it is not so intentional
as Mezirow makes it sound, in my mind.Reintegration of new assumptions
into one's life is a painful process. It's more painful in direct proportion
of how much has to be destroyed by the sculptor's hammer or the refiner's
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