Pomomusings & Beer: Opening up the Conversation for All

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There were the slides from my presentation at the 2010 Theology After Google conference in Claremont, CA from March 10-12, 2010.

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  • 2 Assumptions: 1) Theology needs to be freed from the academy.

    Seminary conversation: “theology should only be done by those trained in the field.”
  • 2nd Assumption: “Theology, as a FUNCTION of the Christian church, must serve the NEEDS of the church.”
  • Why am I here? Not a PhD or a student - tho I am married to one.

    No idea - ask Tripp.

    But I think because I’ve tried to live this out.
  • Those of us who are PRACTITIONERS need to get theology OUT of the academy, INTO the church, and then OUT of the church and INTO the world...

    Two examples: Pomomusings & Beer.
  • Graduated college / moved to Idaho.
  • Not a LOT going on there....
  • Started blog.

    After pimping myself - had diverse/large readership.

    Instead of just goofy Idaho stuff...





  • People wanted theology.
  • People wanted theology.
  • People wanted theology.
  • People wanted theology.
  • People wanted theology.
  • People wanted theology.
  • People wanted theology.
  • People wanted theology.
  • People wanted theology.
  • I was hungry for theological conversation.

    And now - I desire to create spaces to serve as host / facilitator of online convos.
  • Does it always work? No...

    Misunderstanding, confrontation, anonymity, hurt.

    It’s easy to be an ass online.
  • But even with that possibility, I’ve seen good/deep convos come from the blog.
  • 1st Series: Kingdom of God

    Muse on the Kingdom of God. No more direction than that.
  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Where else can you find Tony Jones, a JAVA computer programmer and Ryan Dobson published in the same place...?

  • Plurality 2.0 / pluralism & the church...

    Hot issue / reality of our world.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • So I invited others to serve as co-facilitators w/me.

    People from a wide array of contexts and perspectives.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Blog was a personal outlet for theological exploration - try on new ideas, etc.

    But through guest writers/commenters, we all begin to form and inform one another.

    We all have an equal voice & contribute to conversation.
  • Online community IS real community.

    But face-to-face communication is equally important.

    And beer is an IMPORTANT part of theological conversation.
  • Not the first one.

    But the first one in our area/town - might be in yours too.
  • How do we do it?

    Who shows up: teachers, Safeway IT managers, college kids, retired folk, PhDs from the Lawrence Livermore Lab, Rabbis.
  • How do we do it?

    Who shows up: teachers, Safeway IT managers, college kids, retired folk, PhDs from the Lawrence Livermore Lab, Rabbis.
  • Could we cover the same discussion topics in a SS class?

    Sure - but you can’t get rid of class/teacher/student feeling

    The “aesthetic” of it - feeling of it - is so different. We’re all in it together, working together to figure this out.
  • Could we cover the same discussion topics in a SS class?

    Sure - but you can’t get rid of class/teacher/student feeling

    The “aesthetic” of it - feeling of it - is so different. We’re all in it together, working together to figure this out.
  • Taking theology out of academy & into the church - and out of the church & into the world.

    We do so as facilitators & hosts. That’s how I view role on Pomo & at Theology Pub.

    Wish I were wise sage. I’m not. Providing opportunities for theological reflection.
  • Taking theology out of academy & into the church - and out of the church & into the world.

    We do so as facilitators & hosts. That’s how I view role on Pomo & at Theology Pub.

    Wish I were wise sage. I’m not. Providing opportunities for theological reflection.
  • Taking theology out of academy & into the church - and out of the church & into the world.

    We do so as facilitators & hosts. That’s how I view role on Pomo & at Theology Pub.

    Wish I were wise sage. I’m not. Providing opportunities for theological reflection.
  • Taking theology out of academy & into the church - and out of the church & into the world.

    We do so as facilitators & hosts. That’s how I view role on Pomo & at Theology Pub.

    Wish I were wise sage. I’m not. Providing opportunities for theological reflection.

  • Pomomusings & Beer: Opening up the Conversation for All

    1. 1. POMOMUSINGS & BEER Opening up the Conversation for All
    2. 2. Theology, as a FUNCTION of the Christian church, must serve the NEEDS of the church. Paul Tillich
    3. 3. Umm, are you SURE you’re at the right place?
    4. 4. POMOMUSINGS
    5. 5. Hagerman, ID • pop. 656
    6. 6. the bible ministry worship postmodernism biblical interpretation sexuality theology youth ministry culture
    7. 7. Online Conversation #FAIL
    8. 8. THE KINGDOM OF GOD
    9. 9. PLURALITY 2.0
    10. 10. BEER
    11. 11. THEOLOGYPUB
    12. 12. Taking theology out of the academy & into the church... Taking theology out of the church & into the world...
    13. 13. Taking theology out of the academy & into the church... Taking theology out of the church & into the world...
    14. 14. ADAM WALKER CLEAVELAND Twitter: @adamwc Facebook: facebook.com/adamwc Pomomusings.com AdamWC.me

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