*I was quite distracted during this session with my own Thesis proposal. Also the ‘teaching’ style was entirely reading an article that we didn’t even have a copy of. Still, I’ll list a few major points of the class; and the update will be brief.*

Today’s session was led by Dr. Joseph George, UTC faculty for Pastoral Ministry and Counselling, and focussed on ’emperical study’.

At UTC there is a common push for the value of emperical studies, even in Theology papers. So, Dr. George focussed on the the problems and methods of emperical study in the field of social research.

His article details:
Joseph George, “Research in Pastoral Care and Counselling: Methodological Issues and Directions.” Bangalore Theological Forum (June 2004): 80-100.

Honestly, I wasn’t interested to hearing an article being read, so I am not able to reflect adequately on the content until I myself have read the article for myself.  But this is the conclusion of his paper. I have highlighted key ideas.

“Social Research venture is a skilled task that involves commitment for thorough and systematic investigation of a topic/event/people/behavior/phenomenon in order to find facts, to interpret, draw conclusions, and to suggest practical implications. The researcher must be fully aware of a methodology that will help him/her to integrate data from the field with theoretical and theological insights. A pastoral counsellor/researcher is more than a social researcher. He/she must discern the theological vision and commitment to the community as important dimensions of his/her vocation. The researcher needs theoretical as well as practical skills in order to undertake a project and bring it to completion. One’s continuous reading and practice in the field will enable the scholar to conceptualize, design, execute, and interpret, and to make conclusions that could be inter-subjectively verifiable and reliable.” p. 96.

Hope this will give at least a glimpse of what was covered today.