Through Centurions Guild, I have been developing intensive workshops based on my theological training and military experience. I have a short list of disciplinary centers of gravity around which each workshop will pivot. I hope to include visual and participatory teaching methods in the sessions in order to create an engaging learning environment. The plan is to create and continually revise a Keynote presentation for each module and incorporate various audio, video, and literary tools to aide in the learning process. Based on the “train the trainer” model I learned in the Army, each session is meant to equip attendees to be able to share what they learned with their broader congregation or community. A modular structure allows each session to stand alone, but also lend itself to several being taken as a series. If everything works out, I will also have materials to give each person who attends that they can take home with them for further reading, viewing, listening and distribution.
If any of this sounds interesting, shoot me an email at logan[at] centurionsguild.org and we can talk about conducting one of these lessons in your neck of the woods. To get a (very) rough idea of the breadth of subjects I’m hoping to eventually cover, here are the themes I anticipate exploring;
- “God’s Shalom in the Midst of Human Violence” – intensive exegetical Bible study focusing on scriptural soldiers and war in the Old and New Testaments, with particular emphasis on controversial passages and people
- “Death Before Idolatry” – origins of historical theology about violence focusing on the early Church, from Pentecost to emperor Constantine
- “The Virtues of War” – ancient and modern moral philosophy, especially virtue ethics and military service, including a history of the just war traditions, thinkers, and effectiveness
- “For God and Country (in that order)” – narrative theology as a framework for understanding story-telling, the significance of military testimonies, hagiography, and how the concept of character can transform the way we think about war, warriors, and the very nature of theology
- “Heartfelt Grief to Moral Injury” – theological, literary, and medical history of the forms taken by combat stress (such as soldiers heart, shell shock, PTSD, & moral injury), descriptive introduction to terms, people, and events that shaped it’s trajectory
- “Conscience and War” – pastoral theology and psychology provide crucial resources for deciphering the experiences surrounding combat that make up a person’s moral formation before and fragmentation during war in order to understand moral reintegration after war