light fires
2
3
4
tipping point
most exciting time
anxiety dropped away
statistics of decline
signs of hope
something
happened to
me ...
light fires
light fires
of hope
of concern
of courage
light firesW
ET
BLAN
KETS!
light fires
beginning with your own
light fires
issue permission slips
permission to dance
Did early Christianity have this kind of ecstatic ritual?
Oh, yes. It was a real surprise to me to come across the evidenc...
Reformation, where a number of interesting things take place. One is
the dancing manias of the 14th century and later, whe...
a time to pace
a time to march
a time to dance
permission to dance
What’s missing today is a
high-quality discourse on
rethinking the design and
evolution of the entire
system from scratch....
permission
to dance to
a new tune
the
melody
of
creation
words from vincent
donovan
After some time among the Masai, Donovan
described, with some disillusionment, the
version of Christianity he and other
We...
“Preach the gospel to all creation,” Christ
said. Are we only now beginning to
understand what he meant? I believe the
unw...
a new tune
“salvation” =
God’s saving love
for all creation.
Question 1:
What is the shape of the
biblical narrative?
(A pre-critical question)
Hell
Salvation
History/
The world
Fall
HeavenEden
Hades
Atonement,
purification
Aristotelian
Real
Fall
Into
Aristotelian
Real
Platonic IdealPlatonic Ideal
Destruction,
defeat
Civilization,
development,
colonialism
assimilationBarbarian/
pagan world
Rebellion
into
barbarism
Pax...
Is there an
alternative
understanding?
Liberation
Reconciliation
Creation
The ever-expanding story space of creation ...
Liberation
Reconciliation
Creation
32
permission to dance
to a new rhythm
The urgent rhythm of mission in a world facing -
- Environmental catastrophe
- Unprecedented privilege and inequality
- So...
we don’t dance to celebrate being out of danger
we dance to survive the danger.
They dance and sing as we arrive.
Dust rises ‘round us like rusty smoke.
Our dancing crowd moves like a swarm
Up the hill,...
A baby cries in fear,
Mine the first white face his eyes have ever seen.
In light of what has happened, he is right
To cry...
They sing and dance again as we depart.
For a while I join them stomping in the rising dust,
Wishing I could stay.
What ar...
The rhythm and dance of mission ...
Joyful singing as defiance
Upraised hands as protest
Movement as resistance.
permission to dance with new
partners
old silos
Imagine an
emergence/convergence
- Progressive and post-
Evangelicals
- Missional mainliners
- Progressive Catholics
- Act...
permission to dance
with new freedom
new joy
improvisation
in ecclesiology
liturgy
catechesis
formation
governance
ministry
permission
to dance
to a new tune
45
permission to dance to
a new rhythm
permission to dance with new
partners
permission to dance with new
freedom
new joy
light fires
issue permission slips
light fires
issue permission slips
invite others into the
interpretive community
Interpreting what
Christian faith will
mean, be, and do
after the fall of
Christendom and its
structures ...
What our faith will
become ... what it can
be ... is not pre-
determined. Our
choices will affect
the outcome.
The kingdom of God is
not a matter of food
and drink ...
The kingdom of God is
not a matter of food
and drink ...
circumcision, holy days,
priesthood, animal sacrifice, holy
templ...
The kingdom of God is
not a matter of food
and drink ...
buildings, budgets
deficits, hierarchies
plans, pensions
The kingdom of God is
not a matter of food
and drink ...
doctrinal disputes
power struggles
desperate attempts
buildings, ...
The kingdom of God is
not a matter of food
and drink ...
doctrinal disputes
power struggles
desperate attempts
fear
playin...
The kingdom of God is
not a matter of food
and drink ...
doctrinal disputes
power struggles
desperate attempts
fear
playin...
The kingdom of God is
not a matter of food
and drink ...
doctrinal disputes
power struggles
desperate attempts
fear
playin...
The kingdom of God is
not a matter of food
and drink ...
but of justice
peace
and joy
in the Holy Spirit
light fires
issue permission slips
invite others into the
interpretive community
light fires
issue permission slips
invite others into the
interpretive communitybeginning
w
ith
yourself!
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
Festival of homiletics 2014 lecture
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  1. 1. light fires
  2. 2. 2
  3. 3. 3
  4. 4. 4
  5. 5. tipping point most exciting time anxiety dropped away statistics of decline signs of hope something happened to me ...
  6. 6. light fires
  7. 7. light fires of hope of concern of courage
  8. 8. light firesW ET BLAN KETS!
  9. 9. light fires beginning with your own
  10. 10. light fires issue permission slips
  11. 11. permission to dance
  12. 12. Did early Christianity have this kind of ecstatic ritual? Oh, yes. It was a real surprise to me to come across the evidence that Christianity might once have been a danced religion. Certainly, some of the early church leaders thought this was great and spoke of what seems to have been circle dancing, perhaps around an altar. I was surprised to learn that there weren't even pews in Catholic churches until, I think, the 15th century or so. But in the late Middle Ages you start hearing the church fathers and the hierarchy continually complaining about the custom of dancing in churches. You wrote something about labyrinths in medieval churches being connected to sacred dancing. That is a conjecture of one historian I was reading. He said the labyrinths were meant to be danced through in a sacred dance-- perhaps initiating new priests and nuns.
  13. 13. Reformation, where a number of interesting things take place. One is the dancing manias of the 14th century and later, where whole towns seem to be seized by this irrepressible desire to get out in the streets and dance. It’s been a puzzle to historians for a long time. I think you could rule out any biological causes like some toxin causing these things, which is what historians thought for a long time. It was contagious, but it was visually contagious. Bystanders to these crowds of dancers would be propelled to join in by the music and the dancing. Why do you think dancing was driven out of the church? Who drove it out? The hierarchy of the church, because it was thought to be disruptive, for one thing. It was thought to be lewd. That word is used again and again to describe ecstatic dance rituals of many people throughout the world, as European missionaries found them in the 17th through 19th centuries, or the church fathers viewed women dancing in churches in the late Middle Ages. They always said, "Oh God, this is gross or obscene." Another thing--if the dancing that was going on in the churches was ecstatic, then that presents a threat to organized religion. Whenever people can access deities directly without the intervention of a religious hierarchy, they don't need to have hierarchy so much. So you have a long fight in the Catholic church to suppress what they call enthusiasm, from the Greek meaning "possessed"--having a god
  14. 14. a time to pace a time to march a time to dance
  15. 15. permission to dance
  16. 16. What’s missing today is a high-quality discourse on rethinking the design and evolution of the entire system from scratch. - Otto Scharmer
  17. 17. permission to dance to a new tune
  18. 18. the melody of creation
  19. 19. words from vincent donovan
  20. 20. After some time among the Masai, Donovan described, with some disillusionment, the version of Christianity he and other Western, Euro-American missionaries had imported into Africa: “an inward-turned, individual-salvation-oriented, un-adapted Christianity” (8). He became so disillusioned with this approach that he felt the need to move away from the term salvation altogether. One paragraph in his book especially intrigues me:
  21. 21. “Preach the gospel to all creation,” Christ said. Are we only now beginning to understand what he meant? I believe the unwritten melody that haunts this book ever so faintly, the new song waiting to be sung in place of the hymn of salvation, is simply the song of creation. To move away from the theology of salvation to the theology of creation may be the task of our time”
  22. 22. a new tune “salvation” = God’s saving love for all creation.
  23. 23. Question 1: What is the shape of the biblical narrative? (A pre-critical question)
  24. 24. Hell Salvation History/ The world Fall HeavenEden
  25. 25. Hades Atonement, purification Aristotelian Real Fall Into Aristotelian Real Platonic IdealPlatonic Ideal
  26. 26. Destruction, defeat Civilization, development, colonialism assimilationBarbarian/ pagan world Rebellion into barbarism Pax RomanaPax Romana
  27. 27. Is there an alternative understanding?
  28. 28. Liberation Reconciliation Creation
  29. 29. The ever-expanding story space of creation ... Liberation Reconciliation Creation
  30. 30. 32 permission to dance to a new rhythm
  31. 31. The urgent rhythm of mission in a world facing - - Environmental catastrophe - Unprecedented privilege and inequality - Social, religious, political tension - with unprecedented weapons. - Breakdown in institutions, including religious ones
  32. 32. we don’t dance to celebrate being out of danger we dance to survive the danger.
  33. 33. They dance and sing as we arrive. Dust rises ‘round us like rusty smoke. Our dancing crowd moves like a swarm Up the hill, through the village, to the center. Short men smile and clap their welcome. Women sway in tattered skirts. One old woman leaps and spins, Breasts flapping like out-turned pockets, Arms arcing out like wings. She dips, leans this way, that, Eyes wild and alive as a dare. Boys around me fuse like pistons Into an engine of percussion. They jump and stomp, rise and fall, Feet in complex rhythms Beating the earth-drum with themselves As one. We share the ecstasy of tribal and tribeless finding one another After a thousand centuries Apart. Led by the hand, I stoop down, crawl sideways, fingerprinting red dust, Into a Batwa hut of sticks, vines, mud, grass. I, a visitor here, a stranger welcomed, strangely warm, Adjust to the dim and humane light: Reed mats, a torn mosquito net, dirt floor, three stones, A cooking pot and gray embers from the morning fire. I turn, push out, and squint, delivered back into stark midday sun. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  34. 34. A baby cries in fear, Mine the first white face his eyes have ever seen. In light of what has happened, he is right To cry, In this, his sad world, and mine, of light And dark. These little people, small as splinters in the palm of Africa’s pain - Their poor neighbors despise them: smelly, dirty, poor, simple. They have too little water to drink, None to spare for washing. They sleep on dirt, in huts, On land they do not own. When it rains, they get wet. Unowned, they even lack the value of slaves. They do not count. In school, Tutsi and Hutu alike make fun, Reconciled in their shared disdain, And so Batwa seldom last more than a year or two In school, If that. The chief, named No-Name by his parents, Gathers us beneath a kind of trellis. Speeches are made. People clap. Eyes meet eyes. Shy smiles form. Gifts exchange. My eyes brim. Somehow they know I am here To keep a promise and save My soul. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  35. 35. They sing and dance again as we depart. For a while I join them stomping in the rising dust, Wishing I could stay. What are they singing? I ask. The translator by my side leans toward me: They are singing a good-bye song, he says. The Batwa sing and dance when guests arrive And when they leave. They sing and dance when they have food, he says, And when they hunger they sing and dance. They survive, he says, This way.
  36. 36. The rhythm and dance of mission ... Joyful singing as defiance Upraised hands as protest Movement as resistance.
  37. 37. permission to dance with new partners
  38. 38. old silos
  39. 39. Imagine an emergence/convergence - Progressive and post- Evangelicals - Missional mainliners - Progressive Catholics - Activated Anabaptists and peace churches - Ethnic churches ...organizing for collaborative action!
  40. 40. permission to dance with new freedom new joy
  41. 41. improvisation in ecclesiology liturgy catechesis formation governance ministry
  42. 42. permission to dance to a new tune
  43. 43. 45 permission to dance to a new rhythm
  44. 44. permission to dance with new partners
  45. 45. permission to dance with new freedom new joy
  46. 46. light fires issue permission slips
  47. 47. light fires issue permission slips invite others into the interpretive community
  48. 48. Interpreting what Christian faith will mean, be, and do after the fall of Christendom and its structures ...
  49. 49. What our faith will become ... what it can be ... is not pre- determined. Our choices will affect the outcome.
  50. 50. The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink ...
  51. 51. The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink ... circumcision, holy days, priesthood, animal sacrifice, holy temple, holy city, dietary laws, isolation from the other ...
  52. 52. The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink ... buildings, budgets deficits, hierarchies plans, pensions
  53. 53. The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink ... doctrinal disputes power struggles desperate attempts buildings, budgets deficits, hierarchies plans, pensions
  54. 54. The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink ... doctrinal disputes power struggles desperate attempts fear playing it safe running for cover buildings, budgets deficits, hierarchies plans, pensions
  55. 55. The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink ... doctrinal disputes power struggles desperate attempts fear playing it safe running for cover buildings, budgets deficits, hierarchies plans, pensions personal ambition political games trivial pursuits
  56. 56. The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink ... doctrinal disputes power struggles desperate attempts fear playing it safe running for cover personal ambition political games trivial pursuits hostility conflict anger buildings, budgets deficits, hierarchies plans, pensions
  57. 57. The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink ... but of justice peace and joy in the Holy Spirit
  58. 58. light fires issue permission slips invite others into the interpretive community
  59. 59. light fires issue permission slips invite others into the interpretive communitybeginning w ith yourself!
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