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we need a theology ofinstitutions, movements. and                Communities
congregational grief,  shame, and blameclergy grief, shame, and  blamegrace for all!
Three possible futures:   Continuing contraction   Conservative resurgence   Pregnancy
Three possible futures:   Continuing contraction       - Shrinking numbers       - Wrinkling members       - Low retention...
Three possible futures:   Conservative resurgence       - Immigration fears       - Western domination       - Terrorism f...
Three possible futures:   Pregnancy       - Theological reformation       - Missional reorientation       - Post-national,...
we need a theology ofinstitutions, movements. and                Communities
CommunitiesFamilies, individuals, and organizations linked to a common environment, collaborating for the common good.
Institutions:Organizations which conserve      the gains made by past           social movements.
Social MovementsOrganizations which make proposals or demands to current institutions to make progress towards new gains.
Both movements and               institutions...Organize for their purposeNeed one anotherAre frustrated with one anotherB...
Without movements ...Institutions stagnate ...         Without institutions ...Movements evaporate ...
Some movementssuccessfully inject their values into the institutions they challenge             Other movementscreate thei...
Vital movementscall people to passionate, sacrificial personal commitment        Sustainable institutionscreate loyalty ac...
Parker Palmer’s 4 stages of              social change1. Divided no more2. Communities of  congruence3. Going public4. Alt...
From Greg LeffelFaith Seeking Action: Mission and Social Movements
Movements unite people to create or resist change. Throughthem, individuals seek a common voice to challenge, social,polit...
It takes collective, non-institutional(or prophetic) power to bring changeto institutions.               You can’t change ...
Movements are diagnostic, prognostic,and motivational (51)- They say what’s wrong- They say what’s needed- They motivate a...
Movements are context dependent.In certain periods, fundamental contradictions     in a society’s core understanding of it...
Leffel’s 6 Characteristics of Vibrant Social                                Movements
1. Opportunity StructureCurrent restraining realities ...             in tension with ...                   emerging oppor...
Opportunities:- Problems needing to be solved- Elites who hold power, resist change orpromote negative change- Fissures, P...
2. Rhetorical Framing/Conceptual                                     ArchitectureMovement leaders have to make a conceptua...
3. Protest (messaging) strategyRaising awareness, attracting growing numbers ofparticipantsCampaigns, tactics, deployments...
4. Mobilization Structures & Strategies- Authority and Decision-Making Structures- Transparency/Confidentiality, Communica...
4. Mobilization Structures & StrategiesJesus and the 12- Intense time of modeling, relationship building and visionsharing...
5. Movement Culture      “Movements are about changing a     society’s lifeway; a movement itself becomes an experimental ...
5. Movement culture- Emotional vibe (fun, serious, angry,playful, heady, gutsy, etc.)- Feel of spaces, physical and digita...
6. Participant BiographyHow does involvement benefit - or harm -participants? How does the movement promoteemotional and s...
1. Opportunity Structure2. Rhetorical framing3. Protest (messaging) strategy4. Mobilization strategy5. Movement culture6. ...
Jesus says the kingdom of God is like gardening (anorganic movement) not warfare (institutional action): Itspreads through...
Jesus seizes the opportunity structureprovided by conflicted elites(Pharisees/Sadducees;Herodians/Zealots) and strugglingm...
He provides rhetorical framing on hillsides, inhouses, on retreats, in public teach-ins, in debates,through parables, thro...
His protest (messaging) strategy includes publicdemonstrations (healings & miracles), teach-ins(sermon on mount), civil di...
He develops a mobilization strategy basedon 3, 12, 70, and multitudes. He entrustsfreely with responsibility and expresses...
He associates his movement culturewith love, joy, justice, risk, hope,creativity, courage, service,willingness to suffer, ...
He provides his disciples challenge, rest,retreat, encouragement, recovery afterfailures. They testify that their particip...
we need a theology ofCommunities, institutions and                 movements
What spiritual movement is trying to be bornamong us today?What are its demands/proposals?What role might we play in its e...
a new spiritual       identity
NotMilitant Religious RightInstitutional Religious Left
NotMilitant Religious RightInstitutional Religious Left                                      But Evangelical passion mixed...
NotConservative anti-science biasOld Liberal anti-spiritual bias
NotConservative anti-science biasOld Liberal anti-spiritual bias                                       But      Both pro-l...
NotStrong Hostile IdentityWeak Benevolent Identity                in relation to other faiths ...
NotStrong Hostile IdentityWeak Benevolent Identity                    in relation to other faiths ...                     ...
NotJesus as weaponJesus as embarrassment
NotJesus as weaponJesus as embarrassment                                       But       Jesus as bringer of good news of ...
A lot depends on the emergenceLiturgical         Social Action Evangelical                of Charismaticidentity.         ...
Movements move with the Holy Spirit.
Do not merely try to bring others to  where you are, as wonderful as that  place might be.But do not leave them where they...
Where do you see the   most momentum?Where do you see the  biggest obstacles?What do you “hear” in         your heart?
Christian futures:Mission and Social            Justice
What is the question taking    The Human             shape inside the                        Conventional View            ...
“Can you accept me where I am    and gently, wisely lead me        The Human                            Conventional View ...
spiritual emptiness corrupt   leadership poverty disease      ignorance hunger and malnutrition climate change            ...
HeatSolar Energy                              Prosperity               Resources                                          ...
Compiling and integrating thelists of global emergencies...       The Human                           Conventional View   ...
How do Presbyterian followers           of Christ engage their        The Human                            Conventional Vi...
Planet ...                             Conventional View                   Emerging View         The Human       God creat...
Poverty ...                            Conventional View                   Emerging View        The Human       God create...
Peace                            Conventional View                   Emerging View        The Human       God created the ...
Religion                           Conventional View                   Emerging View       The Human       God created the...
HeatSolar Energy                              Prosperity               Resources                                          ...
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Neither [violent] revolution nor[political] reformation can ultimatelychange a society, rather you must tella new powerful...
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  1. 1. we need a theology ofinstitutions, movements. and Communities
  2. 2. congregational grief, shame, and blameclergy grief, shame, and blamegrace for all!
  3. 3. Three possible futures: Continuing contraction Conservative resurgence Pregnancy
  4. 4. Three possible futures: Continuing contraction - Shrinking numbers - Wrinkling members - Low retention - Low evangelization - Constrained leadership - Secure finances
  5. 5. Three possible futures: Conservative resurgence - Immigration fears - Western domination - Terrorism fears/revenge - Playing to bases - New alliances (global, ecumenical)
  6. 6. Three possible futures: Pregnancy - Theological reformation - Missional reorientation - Post-national, post-partisan identity/ethos - Spiritual-social movement (Peace, planet, poverty) - New alliances (global, ecumenical)
  7. 7. we need a theology ofinstitutions, movements. and Communities
  8. 8. CommunitiesFamilies, individuals, and organizations linked to a common environment, collaborating for the common good.
  9. 9. Institutions:Organizations which conserve the gains made by past social movements.
  10. 10. Social MovementsOrganizations which make proposals or demands to current institutions to make progress towards new gains.
  11. 11. Both movements and institutions...Organize for their purposeNeed one anotherAre frustrated with one anotherBenefit or harm communities
  12. 12. Without movements ...Institutions stagnate ... Without institutions ...Movements evaporate ...
  13. 13. Some movementssuccessfully inject their values into the institutions they challenge Other movementscreate their own institutions, or pass away
  14. 14. Vital movementscall people to passionate, sacrificial personal commitment Sustainable institutionscreate loyalty across generations through evocative rituals & traditions
  15. 15. Parker Palmer’s 4 stages of social change1. Divided no more2. Communities of congruence3. Going public4. Alternative Rewards
  16. 16. From Greg LeffelFaith Seeking Action: Mission and Social Movements
  17. 17. Movements unite people to create or resist change. Throughthem, individuals seek a common voice to challenge, social,political, economic and cultural powers; movements, in fact,multiply the power of individual action through their uniqueform of collective, non-institutional power. (47-48)Social movements are non-institutionally organized humancollectives, that put meaningful ideas in play in publicsettings, that actively confront existing powers through thestrength of their numbers and the influence of their ideas,and that grow in size and power by inspiring others to act, inorder to create or resist change (48)A movement is “a segmented, usually polycephalus cellularorganization composed of unites networked by variouspersonal, structural, and ideological ties. (50)
  18. 18. It takes collective, non-institutional(or prophetic) power to bring changeto institutions. You can’t change the center/inside/priestly without proposals and pressure from the margins/outside/prophetic.
  19. 19. Movements are diagnostic, prognostic,and motivational (51)- They say what’s wrong- They say what’s needed- They motivate and mobilize forconcerted action.
  20. 20. Movements are context dependent.In certain periods, fundamental contradictions in a society’s core understanding of itself create the possibility of widespread and socially disruptive change. (52)Movements exploit opportunity:1. An active interest among elites in changingthe political structure2. Conflicts or corruption within elites3. Events that weaken established socialcontrol (war, disaster, economic collapse)
  21. 21. Leffel’s 6 Characteristics of Vibrant Social Movements
  22. 22. 1. Opportunity StructureCurrent restraining realities ... in tension with ... emerging opportunities.
  23. 23. Opportunities:- Problems needing to be solved- Elites who hold power, resist change orpromote negative change- Fissures, Problems among elites thatmake the status quo vulnerable- Values of the movement in conflict withvalues of elites- Potential advocates and allies inacademic, civil society, arts, church,government, business, science, etc.
  24. 24. 2. Rhetorical Framing/Conceptual ArchitectureMovement leaders have to make a conceptual and verbalcase for their movement by answering questions like these:How do we redefine reality?How do we disrupt or change current realities?How do we name our grievances? Articulate our positivevision for the way forward?How do we motivate and sustain dissatisfaction with thestatus quo, and affection for our shared vision?How do we justify our aims in terms of 5 lines of moralargument (Jonathan Haidt): justice, compassion, tradition,loyalty, and purity?How is the movement liberating? (liberal)How is the movement conserving? (conservative)
  25. 25. 3. Protest (messaging) strategyRaising awareness, attracting growing numbers ofparticipantsCampaigns, tactics, deployments, making demands, publicrelations, sustaining conflict, forcing a crisis, managinginternal tensions, managing stigmatization, showing results,maintaining momentum, not overreacting, definingacceptable level of disruption,- Gaining attention - demonstrations, sit-ins, teach-ins, etc.- Building Networks of Participants and Allies- Wisely Identifying and Engaging Opponents Movements must be convergent (creating broad, vigorous alliances) and insurgent (confronting real problems upheld by elites and the systems that privilege them).
  26. 26. 4. Mobilization Structures & Strategies- Authority and Decision-Making Structures- Transparency/Confidentiality, Communication Plans- Leadership development, Relational Development, ConflictManagement Plans- Coalition development- Resource, Technology, Finance Mobilization andManagement- Evangelism, recruitment, induction- Renewal and Increase of commitment- Awareness of levels of commitment (core, activists,supporters, listeners, opposition, indirect impact, unaware
  27. 27. 4. Mobilization Structures & StrategiesJesus and the 12- Intense time of modeling, relationship building and visionsharing- Contagious passion- Periodic sending and returning- Final sending/Succession insured- Warnings of expected trials, failures, conflicts- “Polycephalic” structure - connection without control- Self-organizing units- Welcoming of new leaders (Paul)- Reproducible expansion- Both individual agency and group agency (Paul, Philip,Antioch)- Both planning and spontaneity
  28. 28. 5. Movement Culture “Movements are about changing a society’s lifeway; a movement itself becomes an experimental field where anew way of life can be, to some degree,experienced and where the movement’s ideals, values and common vision are put to the test.” (61)
  29. 29. 5. Movement culture- Emotional vibe (fun, serious, angry,playful, heady, gutsy, etc.)- Feel of spaces, physical and digital- Songs, slogans- Virtues, values, moral ethos- Dress, Graphics,- Nicknames, terminology- Emotion, motivation, motion
  30. 30. 6. Participant BiographyHow does involvement benefit - or harm -participants? How does the movement promoteemotional and social sustainability ... avoidingburnout, squabbles, etc.How does it contribute to personal formation:- character- attitudes- knowledge- recovery from trauma- relationships- renewalWhat do participants gain from being involved?
  31. 31. 1. Opportunity Structure2. Rhetorical framing3. Protest (messaging) strategy4. Mobilization strategy5. Movement culture6. Participant Biography
  32. 32. Jesus says the kingdom of God is like gardening (anorganic movement) not warfare (institutional action): Itspreads through seeds ... sown into systems to grow. The seeds of the message. The seeds of people who personally embody the message. The seeds of communities who socially embody the message.
  33. 33. Jesus seizes the opportunity structureprovided by conflicted elites(Pharisees/Sadducees;Herodians/Zealots) and strugglingmasses (Galilee/Judea)
  34. 34. He provides rhetorical framing on hillsides, inhouses, on retreats, in public teach-ins, in debates,through parables, through rituals and practices.He repeats key themes - commonwealth of God,life to the full, life of the ages, liberation - rootedin dynamic tension with tradition.
  35. 35. His protest (messaging) strategy includes publicdemonstrations (healings & miracles), teach-ins(sermon on mount), civil disobedience (turningtables), guerilla theatre (exorcisms), festivals(feasts & feedings), naming evil (woes), namingheroes (blessings).
  36. 36. He develops a mobilization strategy basedon 3, 12, 70, and multitudes. He entrustsfreely with responsibility and expresses highconfidence in his agents (greater things shallyou do ...)
  37. 37. He associates his movement culturewith love, joy, justice, risk, hope,creativity, courage, service,willingness to suffer, nonviolence.
  38. 38. He provides his disciples challenge, rest,retreat, encouragement, recovery afterfailures. They testify that their participantbiographies have been forever changed forthe better.
  39. 39. we need a theology ofCommunities, institutions and movements
  40. 40. What spiritual movement is trying to be bornamong us today?What are its demands/proposals?What role might we play in its emergence?
  41. 41. a new spiritual identity
  42. 42. NotMilitant Religious RightInstitutional Religious Left
  43. 43. NotMilitant Religious RightInstitutional Religious Left But Evangelical passion mixed with progressive social vision of common good, “beloved community”
  44. 44. NotConservative anti-science biasOld Liberal anti-spiritual bias
  45. 45. NotConservative anti-science biasOld Liberal anti-spiritual bias But Both pro-learning and pro-spirituality
  46. 46. NotStrong Hostile IdentityWeak Benevolent Identity in relation to other faiths ...
  47. 47. NotStrong Hostile IdentityWeak Benevolent Identity in relation to other faiths ... But Strong, theologically-rooted benevolent spiritual identity as neighbors, peacemakers
  48. 48. NotJesus as weaponJesus as embarrassment
  49. 49. NotJesus as weaponJesus as embarrassment But Jesus as bringer of good news of the kingdom of God
  50. 50. A lot depends on the emergenceLiturgical Social Action Evangelical of Charismaticidentity. this new
  51. 51. Movements move with the Holy Spirit.
  52. 52. Do not merely try to bring others to where you are, as wonderful as that place might be.But do not leave them where they are either. Instead, go with them to a place neither you nor they have ever been before. Fr. Vincent Donovan (adapted)
  53. 53. Where do you see the most momentum?Where do you see the biggest obstacles?What do you “hear” in your heart?
  54. 54. Christian futures:Mission and Social Justice
  55. 55. What is the question taking The Human shape inside the Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as“spiritual but not religious?” is the story that we find ourselves in? ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined that the entire universe and all it contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, but humanity is hopelessly lost and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  56. 56. “Can you accept me where I am and gently, wisely lead me The Human Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as to a better way of life is the story that we find ourselves in? ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined that the entire universe and all it contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, but humanity is hopelessly lost and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, so I can play my part exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its in building a better world?” go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  57. 57. spiritual emptiness corrupt leadership poverty disease ignorance hunger and malnutrition climate change emergenciesconflicts Financial InstabilityWater/Sanitation subsidies/tradebarriers population/ migration GLOBAL communicable diseases FOUR education governance/corruption hunger education gender inequality child mortality maternal health environmental sustainability ethnic conflicts terrorism weapons of mass destruction organized crime networks energy demands clean water population growth authoritarian regimes
  58. 58. HeatSolar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Framing Story
  59. 59. Compiling and integrating thelists of global emergencies... The Human Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as1. Planet is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves,2. Poverty exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his3. Peace Jesus’ message: How did Jesus respond to the crisis? can God help individuals be happy and successful until then? Jesus says, in essence, “If you want to be among those specifically qualified to escape being forever punished for your contemporaries: living under domination by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and groups – including your own religious leaders - are leading you farther and farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves4. Religion your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  60. 60. How do Presbyterian followers of Christ engage their The Human Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as communities with each crisis? is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves,1. Planet exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his2. Poverty Jesus’ message: How did Jesus respond to the crisis? can God help individuals be happy and successful until then? Jesus says, in essence, “If you want to be among those specifically qualified to escape being forever punished for your contemporaries: living under domination by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and groups – including your own religious leaders - are leading you farther and farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves3. Peace your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news.4. Religion 1 2 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  61. 61. Planet ... Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  62. 62. Poverty ... Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  63. 63. Peace Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  64. 64. Religion Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  65. 65. HeatSolar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Framing Story
  66. 66. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
  67. 67. Neither [violent] revolution nor[political] reformation can ultimatelychange a society, rather you must tella new powerful tale, one sopersuasive that it sweeps away theold myths and becomes the preferredstory …
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