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  1. Is daar enige skriftuurlike bewyse dat daar geen reen op die aarde geval het voordat Noag die ark voltooi het?

    • Hi Bossie. Dankie vir jou deelname. Sonder reën sou die aarde seker darem baie dor gelyk het. Al die hout waarmee die ark gebou is moes op ‘n manier lekker groei.

      Daar is egter ‘n ander dilemma. Die manier hoe gelowiges praat oor hierdie tipe ding lok net verder argumentasie uit waarin die een die ander wil uit oorlê met ‘bewyse.’ Hoe meer ‘bewyse’ voorgedoen word om mense te oortuig hoe meer weerstand toon mense dikwels teen die saak. Gevolglik word hulle harte gesluit.

  2. Dear colleagues, friends, and visitors: Keeping a civil tone your comments, endorsements, critique, or opinions are always welcome.

  3. Regarding the Personal Statement in respect of the CEMBA, my reading of Elmo’s statement is that the intended work points to the exciting possibilities attached to pushing the frontiers in the arena around the interface of practical theology and organisational practise. I feel this work has significant potential to add further insight into how we can leverage the intelligence inherent in organisations (as complex adaptive systems) through an inclusive collaborative approach.

    One potential area of interest that could benefit from this work is that the perspectives broadly outlined in the Personal Statement will to add to the dialogue around the extension of the leadership context from viewing leaders as a position, often resulting in the “hero-leader” syndrome and dysfunctions relating to power abuse and stagnation, towards a view of leadership as an inclusive process with more distributed power or empowerment. Viewing leadership as a process is more amenable to a way of being where the collective intelligence of an organisation is harnessed in a collaborative way with the consequent possibility of making organisations more resilient and able to renew itself more effectively.

  4. i am always intrigued by the word ‘practical theologian” …. but yes i do think they have a role to play in organizations…

  5. I love the fact that you include families, because families are the centre of all of this. Whether you mean family in the traditional sense of the word – dad,mom,kids, or in the ‘family structure’ of a company/organisation. In order for proper effective co-operation and productiveness everybody needs to work together. And this is where such practical application fits in well, because as a facilitator/coach one can guide them to reach their best ability, ever growing, closer to each other and ultimately closer to God.

  6. I’m a ordained minister of the Methodist Church of SA, having served full-time since 1988. One of my concerns was the manner in which the church relates to and is relevant in society, and in particular to secular organisations and corporations. I have registered for the degree in Organisational Praxis with the hope that this study will allow to bridge the gap between church and society, spirituality and organisation. The format of the course within the setting of a “study group” is much appreciated as the interaction with fellow students and supervisors is invaluable. These study groups are true contact groups in which friendships are being forged between learners who have the same concerns and passions. I am convinced that some of these contacts will reach beyond the boundaries of an academic degree. Being a registered student of UP has also offered access to the wider (world-wide) academic world through literature via the library and electronic media. I have found a new energy and purpose since registering for this course and would gladly recommend it to any prospective candidate.

  7. Hey Elmo

    Your invite to comment has been in my flagged item for so long that I was anxious that I would have missed the boat on the ensuing conversation. So I am the first to comment (it seems).

    Thanks for the reflection. As I was reading I found myself thinking of the transdisciplinary movement and wondered what it’s proponents would say about your reflection. You touch on a multidisciplinary composition of people you journey with, but I wonder what Manfred Max-Neef would have to say about knowing your lens (and how you therefore see the world you participate in) and what that means for working in spaces than span these fluid boundaries?

    I don’t think he’s reading this, so would love to hear what you think?