Fashion Me A People A Critical Analysis

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If a reader picked up Maria Harris book -- Fashion Me a People, expecting to find a resource design treatise or a resource selection guide, that reader would be disappointed. Harris' book is not about designing or selecting published resource materials for religious education; instead, it is a description of her theory of religious education.


In describing this "curriculum," she describes her entire vision of religious education.
The bases for that vision are laid out in Part I of the book, in Harris' understandings of "church," "education," and "curriculum." She begins by addressing a teleological question: toward what end are we to live as the church In response, she offers her concept of "pastoral vocation" as a way of life. Religious education then follows as the entire church's process of recognizing, developing and exercising vocation. (Martin 1-2) Curriculum in this educational vision is the life of the church, given form. The curriculum task is to shape and reshape the entire church environment for people's lives, so they can live into their vocation.
This sets up Part II of the book, which looks at the educational vision: the particular forms appropriate for the curriculum of religious education. Turning again to her ecclesiology, Harris finds five components of the curriculum: koinonia, leiturgia, didache, kerygma, and diakonia. Each of these basic forms of the church's life is essential to the church's identity, to the pastoral vocation of Christians, and to the educational process. ...
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