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  1. 1. 2
  2. 2. But how?
  3. 3. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical
  4. 4. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  5. 5. Must mission mean competition?
  6. 6. THE WORLD FAIR OF RELIGIONSMy friend and I went to the fair. The World Fair of Religions.Not a trade fair. But the competition was fierce, the propagandaloud.At the Jewish Stall we were given handouts that said that Godwas All-Compassionate and the Jews were his Chosen People.The Jews. No other people were as chosen as they.At the Moslem stall we learnt that God was all-merciful andMohammed is his only Prophet. Salvation comes from listeningto God’s Prophet.At the Christian Stall we discovered that God is Love and thereis no salvation outside the Church. Join the Church or risketernal damnation.
  7. 7. On the way out I asked my friend "What do you think ofGod?" He replied, “He is bigoted fanatical and cruel.”Back home, I said to God, “How do you put up with thissort of thing? Don’t you see that they have been givingyou a bad name for centuries?”God said, “It wasn’t I who organized the fair. In fact, I’dbe too ashamed to visit it.” -- Anthony DeMello 
  8. 8. Competing nations ... Competing gods 10
  9. 9. Competing nations ... Competing gods
  10. 10. Gods of domination, conquest, and empire ....2 Gods of resistance, differentiation, and freedom ....
  11. 11. Gods of the oppressors2 Gods of the oppressed
  12. 12. VIOLENT GODS2 WHO DEMAND HUMAN (CHILD) SACRIFICE
  13. 13. Our god(s) versus your gods ... Empires and gods ... Emperors as gods ...Anti-idolatry as identity preservation ... Mission and colonialism ...
  14. 14. Mission as proselytism, pacification, assimilationCatholic (Spanish, French, Portuguese, etc.)Protestant (British, Dutch, American, etc.)
  15. 15. Indonesian tea, rubber, and peanuts
  16. 16. Mission as proselytism, pacification, assimilation(often unrecognized, but still real)
  17. 17. QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  18. 18. From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about howto live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians haveonly demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrongwith the cosmology and worldview behind more than fivecenturies of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slowdown. Christians have so much negative history and dogmato overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe thereligion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throesof an ecological crisis based in Western economies ofhyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500years of Christian domination.- Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
  19. 19. From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about howto live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians haveonly demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrongwith the cosmology and worldview behind more than fivecenturies of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slowdown. Christians have so much negative history and dogmato overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe thereligion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throesof an ecological crisis based in Western economies ofhyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500years of Christian domination.- Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
  20. 20. Dirty Energy
  21. 21. Clean Energy Conversion?
  22. 22. Mission as proselytism, pacification, assimilation ...Converting Mission to clean energy ...
  23. 23. words from vincentdonovan
  24. 24. “‘…do not try to call them back to wherethey were, and do not try to call them towhere you are, as beautiful as that placemight seem to you. You must have thecourage to go with them to a place thatneither you nor they have ever beenbefore.’ Good missionary advice, and abeautiful description of the unpredictableprocess of evangelization, a processleading to that new place where none of ushas ever been before.” - Vincent Donovan
  25. 25. Caves ofEllora 30
  26. 26. The Caves of ElloraAs the child of a missionary in India,who was the child of a missionary in India,who was the child of a missionary in India,I havea lot of Indiain my soul/marrow/terra forma.I breathedthe ancient heritage of Indiawhen I was three.I learned Marathi.I ate jalebes.
  27. 27. . . . and, then I got olderand went southto Tamil Naduand Kodaikanalto boarding school near Madurai.I visited,as a child,the caves of Ellora.I didnt know what to make of them,then.
  28. 28. Hindus and Sikhs and Buddhists and Jainsall carving cavesnext toeach otherin ancient times . . .side by side.(unknown)
  29. 29. clean energy mission 34
  30. 30. Embodiment of Christ
  31. 31. the mission of vocation:sending people out to do their daily work with uncommon love ...
  32. 32. the mission of example ...modeling another economy, another way of life
  33. 33. Solidarity with the Victim & Vulnerable
  34. 34. Witness ... Withness - Mission of Presence“Transgressive” friendship
  35. 35. The mission of presence
  36. 36. After Indira Gandhi was shot [by a Sikh extremist], two or threethousand people were killed in twenty-four hours in the riots thatfollowed. Mobs rampaged through streets looking for Sikhs to murder.Dave convinced Tony, a friend , that it was their job to go out and savethese Sikhs. Finding a besieged house, they put themselves betweenan armed mob and a Sikh family and saved them from certain death.He is ordinary, yet believes ordinary people should take extraordinaryrisks to confront the cruelty in our world." Drug addicts in India Mentally handicapped in Brisbane Solar energy cooperative Interfaith networks 41
  37. 37. the mission of the new evangelism: Proclaiming Jesus’ good news of the kingdom, reign, commonwealth, or dream of GodCalling people to rethink everything and learn/follow a new path
  38. 38. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
  39. 39. Neither revolution nor reformationcan ultimately change a society,rather you must tell a new powerfultale, one so persuasive that it sweepsaway the old myths and becomes thepreferred story …
  40. 40. … one so inclusive that it gathers all thebits of our past and our present into acoherent whole, one that even shinessome light into the future so that we cantake the next step…. If you want tochange a society, then you have to tell analternative story. - attributed to Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
  41. 41. The WorldRuns onStories.
  42. 42. SOME AREDANGEROUS.
  43. 43. Some haveTHE POWERTO HEAL ANDTRANSFORM
  44. 44. Prosperity Equity Security Societal SystemThink of our SocietalSystem.
  45. 45. It runs on a story … a framing story. Prosperity Equity Security Societal MachineFRAMING STORY
  46. 46. SIX FRAMING STORES TYPICALLY DIRECT HUMAN SOCIETIES:1.THE DOMINATION STORY: PEACE AND SECURITY THROUGH BEING IN CONTROL “If only we were in charge!” (Empire)
  47. 47. 2. THE REVOLUTION STORY: PEACE AND SECURITY THROUGH VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF OPPRESSORS.“If only THEY weren’t in control!” (Revenge)
  48. 48. 3. THE PURIFICATION STORY: PEACE AND SECURITY THROUGH NAMING, BLAMING, SHAMING, AND EXCLUDING A DANGEROUS MINORITY.“If only THOSE PEOPLE would change - or disappear.”(If only a minority would change.) (Scapegoating/Genocide)
  49. 49. 4. THE VICTIMIZATION STORY: PEACE AND SECURITY (and identity) THROUGH PRESERVING THE MEMORY OF A PAST INJUSTICE. “If only our oppressors would be brought to justice.” (If only the majority would change.) (Alienation)
  50. 50. 5. THE ISOLATION STORY: PEACE AND SECURITY THROUGH WITHDRAWING FROM THE CORRUPT, DOOMED MAJORITY.“If only we could be left alone to be ourselves by ourselves.” (Elite/elect remnant)
  51. 51. 6. THE ACCUMULATION STORY: PEACE AND SECURITY THROUGH ACCUMULATING POSSESSIONS IN A COMPETITIVE ECONOMY. “If only we could buy, enjoy, and stockpile what we desire.” (Economic Advantage)
  52. 52. DOMINATION PURIFICATION ACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATION REVOLUTION ISOLATION
  53. 53. DOMINATION PURIFICATION CONFLICT! ACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATION REVOLUTION ISOLATION
  54. 54. In Jesus’ day, these stories were at work.1. Domination story = Caesar, Pilate (with Sadducees and Herodians)2. Revolution story = Zealots3. Purification story = Scribes and Pharisees
  55. 55. 4. Victimization story = Galilean farmers, Samaritans, “sinners”5. Isolation story = Essenes6. Consumption story = rich landowners, stewards, “Gentiles” Are they at work today?
  56. 56. Domination: Us over themRevolution: Us versus themPurification: Us versus some of usVictimization: Us in spite of themIsolation: Us away from themAccumulation: Us competing with them.
  57. 57. Jesus came with a very different story: the good news of the kingdom of God. (“News” is a true story … and good news is a story of peace and joy.) It invited people to join anew the story of creation … or to join the story of New Creation.
  58. 58. The good news/story of creation called people to see God as the Protagonist or Hero of the story. It called them to become productive characters - not villains, and not victims either.
  59. 59. good news regenerative community of creationreconcile with God, neighbor, and enemy. repent defect join peacemakers
  60. 60. Domination: Us over themRevolution: Us versus themPurification: Us versus some of usVictimization: Us in spite of themIsolation: Us away from themAccumulation: Us competing with them. Creation/New Creation/ Reconciliation: Some of us for all of us.
  61. 61. NEW CREATION/ RECONCILIATION DOMINATION PURIFICATION HOSTILITY ACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATION REVOLUTION ISOLATION
  62. 62. NEW CREATION/ RECONCILIATION DOMINATION PURIFICATION ACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATION REVOLUTION ISOLATION
  63. 63. After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. The time has come, hesaid. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news! Mark 1:15
  64. 64. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
  65. 65. Martin Luther King, Jr."Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but ameans by which we arrive at that goal.""Through violence you may murder a murderer, butyou cant murder murder.Through violence you may murder a liar, but you cantestablish truth.Through violence you may murder a hater, but youcant murder hate.Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can dothat..."
  66. 66. Martin Luther King, Jr."We will not build a peaceful world by followinga negative path. It is not enough to say wemust not wage war. It is necessary to lovepeace and sacrifice for it. We must concentratenot merely on the negative expulsion of war butthe positive affirmation of peace. We must seethat peacerepresents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody,that is far superior to the dis-chords of war.
  67. 67. Somehow, we must transform the dynamics ofthe world power struggle from the negativenuclear arms race, which no one can win, to apositive contest to harness humanitys creativegenius for the purpose of making peace andprosperity a reality for all the nations of theworld. In short, we must shift the arms raceinto a peace race. If we have a will- anddetermination- to mount such a peaceoffensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealeddoors of hope and transform our imminentcosmic elegy into a psalm of creativefulfillment."
  68. 68. ISA 2:2 In the last daysthe mountain of the LORDs temple will be established as chief among the mountains;it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. ISA 2:3 Many peoples will come and say,"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths."The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
  69. 69. "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways,so that we may walk in his paths."The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD fromJerusalem. He will judge between the nations ISA 2:4 and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the ISA 2:5LORD.
  70. 70. Gods of domination, conquest, and empire ....2 Gods of resistance, differentiation, and freedom ....
  71. 71. violent gods of the oppressors violent gods of the oppressed 3rdoption a nonviolent God of reconciliation 77
  72. 72. the mission of the new evangelism:Recruiting people to join a global multi- faith movement A new paradigm for faith A new way of life A new understanding of God
  73. 73. 3rd The uniqueness of Christ: He revealsoption a nonviolent God of reconciliation, liberation, transformation, new creation ... Not a new religion: a new possibility for a new future for every religion.
  74. 74. 3rdoption A call to rethink everything (repent) ... for every religion, beginning with Christianity.
  75. 75. A new vision for Christian Mission:inspiring and mobilizing people to grapple with our greatest global crises:1. planet2. poverty3. peace4. religion
  76. 76. luke 10:29-37everyone is crossing roads
  77. 77. it all begins with crossing the road to get to the other ...
  78. 78. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  79. 79. AAre
  80. 80. you
  81. 81. ready
  82. 82. to
  83. 83. cross
  84. 84. the
  85. 85. road?
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