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    1. 1. reframing our beliefs for a new millennium
    2. 2. From the place where But doubts and loves we are right Dig up the world Flowers will never grow Like a mole, a plow. In the spring. And a whisper will be The place where we heard in the place are right Where the ruined Is hard and trampled House once stood. Like a yard. Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai
    3. 3. a new kind of christianity: ten questions that are transforming the faith
    4. 4. Something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born. It is as if something were crumbling, decaying, and exhausting itself, while something else, still indistinct, were arising from the rubble.... We are in a phase when one age is succeeding another, when everything is possible. Vaclav Havel, “The New Measure of Man”
    5. 5. It would be very surprising if this religion, so youthful, yet so varied in its historical experience, had now revealed all its secrets. Diarmaid MacCulloch (Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years [Viking, 2009] p. 1016)
    6. 6. Fr. Vincent Donovan: Do not leave them where they are. Do not bring them to where you are, as beautiful as that place might be. Instead, go with them to a new place neither of you has ever been before.
    7. 7. 500 years ago: Luther’s 95 theses. Theses are statements of belief intended for debate, to bring us to a new state. Needed today: not statements, debate, or a new state (static location) Rather ...
    8. 8. Needed today: New questions to create conversations to lead us on a new quest.
    9. 9. Statements ! ? Questions
    10. 10. What are the questions? 1. The narrative question: What is the shape of the biblical narrative? Storyline, plotline? 2. The authority question: What is the Bible, and what is it for? How does it have authority? 3. The God question: Is God violent? Why does God seem so violent and genocidal in so many bible passages?
    11. 11. 4. The Jesus Question: Who is Jesus, and why does he matter? 5. The Gospel Question: What is the gospel - a message of evacuation or transformation? Exclusion or inclusion?
    12. 12. 6. The church question: What do we do about the church? 7. The sex question: Can we deal with issues of sexuality without fighting and dividing? 8. The future question: Can we find a more hopeful vision of the future?
    13. 13. 9. The pluralism question: How should we relate to people of other faiths? 10. The next step question: How can we pursue this quest in humility, love, and peace?
    14. 14. How things should/could/might be Tension How things are Tension How things used to be
    15. 15. reframing our beliefs for a new millennium
    16. 16. Question 1: What is the shape of the biblical narrative? (A pre-critical question)
    17. 17. Eden Heaven Fall Salvation History/ The world Hell
    18. 18. Platonic Ideal Platonic Ideal Fall Atonement, purification Into Aristotelian Aristotelian Real Real Hades
    19. 19. Pax Romana Pax Romana Civilization, Rebellion development, into colonialism barbarism Barbarian/ assimilation pagan world Destruction, defeat
    20. 20. Is there an alternative understanding?
    21. 21. sdrawkcab gnidaer Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Charles Finney, John Wesley (or Calvin), Luther, Aquinas, Augustine, Paul, Jesus reading forwards Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus
    22. 22. Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    23. 23. Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
    24. 24. Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
    25. 25. G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e s i s Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    26. 26. HUMAN DESTRUCTION G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e HUMAN VIOLENCE s i s HUMAN EXPLOITATION Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    27. 27. HUMAN DESTRUCTION G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e HUMAN VIOLENCE s i s HUMAN EXPLOITATION Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    28. 28. Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    29. 29. Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a new powerful tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths and becomes the preferred story …
    30. 30. … one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into the future so that we can take the next step…. If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story. - attributed to Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    31. 31. reframing our beliefs for a new millennium
    32. 32. Question 10: How can we engage with these questions without fighting and dividing?
    33. 33. A way of thinking about organizational change: insights from macrohistorians
    34. 34. Coral: holy people __________ Ultraviolet: compassionate communities Violet: globally-networked individuals __________ Indigo: “citizens of the world” Blue: nation-states/democracies Green: kingdoms/empires Yellow: warlords Orange: agricultural chiefdoms Red: hunter/gatherer band
    35. 35. Coral: one with God __________ Ultraviolet: holistic, unifying Violet: integral, systemic, otherly __________ Indigo: pluralist, relativist, globalist Blue: individualist, rationalist, ideologue Green: nationalist, rules, codes Yellow: feudal, power-oriented Orange: tribal, magical, animist Red: survival, instinctual, “reptilian”
    36. 36. Coral: Quest for theosis __________ Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness) __________ Indigo: Quest for honesty Blue: Quest for Individuality Green: Quest for Independence Yellow: Quest for power Orange: Quest for security Red: Quest for survival
    37. 37. Coral: Quest for theosis __________ Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness) __________ Indigo: Quest for honesty Blue: Quest for Individuality Green: Quest for Independence Yellow: Quest for power Orange: Quest for security Red: Quest for survival
    38. 38. Cultures may include two or more zones, but will have a center of gravity in one. They may regress.
    39. 39. Development = 1.Differentiate/Transcend 2.Integrate/Include
    40. 40. If we don’t differentiate or transcend, we experience stagnation, fixation and stuckness. If we don’t integrate and include, we experience disassociation and a backward attack-focus.
    41. 41. Coral: Quest for theosis __________ Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness) __________ Indigo: Quest for honesty Blue: Quest for Individuality Green: Quest for Independence Yellow: Quest for power Orange: Quest for security Red: Quest for survival
    42. 42. First tier zones think in terms of right/wrong and good/evil. Other zones are evil/wrong: our zone is good/right.
    43. 43. Second tier zones think in terms of appropriate and adequate. Other zones are adequate for their times and situations; we seek the zone that is appropriate for us here and now.
    44. 44. Think of climbing a ladder. You gain a new and wider view from each rung. Your earlier view was not wrong - only partial. Early zones truly describe the way the world looks to people at that vantage point. You couldn’t get to the higher rungs if it weren’t for the lower rungs.
    45. 45. This approach is not absolutist. It doesn’t claim one view is right and previous (or later) ones are wrong. Nor is it relativist. It doesn’t say that no views are truly right, but only think they are. It says all views are partial and that greater wholeness is better than lesser wholeness.
    46. 46. St. Paul seems to agree: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned like a child, But when I became an adult, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, But then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, Even as I have been fully understood.
    47. 47. So faith, hope, and love abide, these three; But the greatest of these is love. I will show you the most excellent way. Follow the way of love. Amen.
    48. 48. Exercise: Consider the following in light of the spiral dynamics schema: Coral: one with God __________ Your life Ultraviolet: holistic, unifying Violet: integral, systemic, otherly Your church __________ Indigo: pluralist, relativist, globalist Your denomination Blue: individualist, rationalist, ideologue Green: nationalist, rules, codes Your nation Yellow: feudal, power-oriented Orange: tribal, magical, animist The world Red: survival, instinctual, “reptilian” Where is the center of gravity? Where are the points of tension? Where are breakthroughs happening?
    49. 49. How can we help our communities move forward? What will cause people to entrench? What cost will we pay for stimulating forward movement? How can we make our churches safe for people at each zone? How can we not get stuck?
    50. 50. reframing our beliefs for a new millennium

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