WELCOME

WELCOME

In this space, we invite you to share your experiences and build this website with us. We all journey together with God and with one another. We live through constant change: internal and external and as mothers, we understand change to a heightened degree. We are life-givers. The triune God is our life-giver. In this space, we will seek to learn how to integrate each part of our life so that what we might offer up is every aspect of ourselves as prayer.

Whether you seek Spiritual Rehabilitation or just a little Spiritual Replenishment, we hope that this site might be a place where we can feed you and you can feed us as we seek to develop a series of workshops that the church might use to meet women as they 'become' mothers: a time of such rapid transformation.

Our materials can be developed in response to what we discover here and most important of all, our stories can be told.

THE FUEL COURSE

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Please visit this page for the course theological rationale

There will be a theological rationale available soon for this course, exploring its aims and objectives and how it was created in response to a need.

Fowler's faith stages, whilst useful for the development of the course, also proved interesting for what they didn't pursue. Streib explains how 'studies in faith development in women present a strong proposal for revising the definition of faith to include a relational perspective....' This relational orientation is promoted by the course's preference for a kind of heuristic exploration over didactic teaching so that women wrestling with issues of power and self-reformulation can be given opportunities to discover their voice and 'make meaning' together. The name of the course hopes to corroborate this. Fuel is an acronym for 'Fellowship and Understanding as we Engage with Life as it is now.' The idea of the present moment and the very 'nowness' of life, as it is experienced with children, is emphasised so that whilst the course facilitates space to lament what once was, and is now lost, it might also engage practically with spiritual needs arising out of the new situation and be a place where women can forge out new spiritual disciplines. 

Over five weeks women are supported as they revisit scripture from their new point of view, engage in creative prayer and discuss their experiences together. In formulating activities, Fowler's categories of faith development were acknowledged. The course itself facilitates a level of self-consciousness which we feel is an inherent part of the experience of reorientation during matrescence. Fowler explores transition from Stage 4's individuative-reflective faith to Stage 5's Conjunctive faith and the course seeks to accompany women as they demythologise societal, traditional, religious and historical myths which construct the symbol of ideal mother. Perhaps women have already begun to do this as they have explored a dissonance between the image of motherhood they carried during pregnancy and the reality of mothering in practice. FUEL aims to facilitate women in a journey towards self-acceptance where identity is understood in terms of its value in God rather than against any system of artificial ideal. 

Booklets take women through each week of the course and include space for their own commentary and journalling to reinforce their sense of their ownership of the course and growing identity. 

(Part of Rachel's theological reflection, submitted Jan 2011 St John's College for Anglican Theological training). 

Sources:
Fowler, J.W. (1981). Stages of faith : the psychology of human development and the quest for meaning. San Francisco: Harper & Row.

Streib, H., (2003). 'Faith development research at twenty years'. Developing a public faith: New directions in practical theology, essays in honor of James. W. Fowler, ed. R. R. Osmer, St. Louis: Chalice Press, pp. 15-42