The Contextual Theology Project (CTP) is designed as a multipronged project to familiarise the students of BTh with theologising based on the lived experience of the people and on the conteporary issues in Indian Society/ Church. The students are usually divided into groups in order to facilitate easy learning and each group is assigned a staff member from the Faculty of Theology as guide. The methodology followed is loosely based on the Social Science research methodology. Each year a new topic is selected based on relevance.
Broadly, the CTP has four stages:
1. Initial preparation which includes input sessions on the various issues related to the chosen topic, reading scholarly articles and books on the topic and preparation of the data collection instrument.
2. Data Collection which is done by every student, either individually or as a group. This is typically done during the summer holidays for about 10 to 15 days. Data is collected using the instrument developed in the previous stage.
3. Analysis and Interpretation happen after the students return to JDV the next academic year. The data collected by individuals is put together, and interpreted by them in groups supervised by the staff.
4. Theologizing is done based on the findings of the data from the previous stage. Each student reflects on the findings, and attempts to theologize based on Scriptures and Teachings/ Documents of the Church. Each group is guided actively by the assigned staff member in this. This final stage ends in a Scientific Paper submitted to the guide.
In the past years several topics of immediate relevance were reflected upon by the students of Theology. Last year, the topic was in tune with the Synod on youth: Young people, faith and vocation. This year, the CTP will explore the nuances of Indian society to identify the extent to which Indian citizens hold their culture and nationhood to be secure.