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  1. 1. something is trying to be born: envisioning a new kind of Christian faith Text
  2. 2. From the place where we are right Flowers will never grow In the spring. The place where we are right Is hard and trampled Like a yard. But doubts and loves Dig up the world Like a mole, a plow. And a whisper will be heard in the place Where the ruined House once stood. Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai
  3. 3. a new kind of christianity: ten questions that aretransforming 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. Fr. Vincent Donovan: Do not leave others where they are. Do not bring them to where you are, as beautiful as that place might be. Instead, go with others to a new place neither your nor they have ever been before.
  6. 6. 500 years ago: Luther’s 95 theses. Theses are statements intended for debate, to bring us to a new state. Needed today: not statements, debate, or a new state (static location) Rather ...
  7. 7. Needed today: New questions to create conversations to lead us on a new quest.
  8. 8. Statements ! ? Questions
  9. 9. Statements (or theses) create debates that bring us to new a state (or status). ! ? Questions create conversations that launch us on new quests.
  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. a new kind of christianity
  16. 16. Question 1: What is the shape of the biblical narrative? (A pre-critical question)
  17. 17. Hell Salvation History/ The world Fall HeavenEden
  18. 18. Hades Atonement, purification Aristotelian Real Fall Into Aristotelian Real Platonic IdealPlatonic Ideal
  19. 19. Destruction, defeat Civilization, development, colonialism assimilationBarbarian/ pagan world Rebellion into barbarism Pax RomanaPax Romana
  20. 20. Is there an alternative understanding?
  21. 21. the danger of a single story chimamanda adichie
  22. 22. There is a word, an Igbo word, that I think about whenever I think about the power structures of the world, and it is "nkali." It's a noun that loosely translates to "to be greater than another."
  23. 23. Like our economic and political worlds, stories too are defined by the principle of nkali: How they are told, who tells them, when they're told, how many stories are told, are really dependent on power. Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti writes that if you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their story and to start with, "secondly."
  24. 24. 25 Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African state, and not with the colonial creation of the African state, and you have an entirely different story.
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. Exodus: Liberation & Formation
  27. 27. Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
  28. 28. Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy
  29. 29. Exodus: Liberation & Formation G e n e s i s Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy
  30. 30. Exodus: Liberation & Formation G e n e s i s Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy HUMAN DESTRUCTION HUMAN VIOLENCE HUMAN EXPLOITATION
  31. 31. Exodus: Liberation & Formation G e n e s i s Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy HUMAN DESTRUCTION HUMAN VIOLENCE HUMAN EXPLOITATION
  32. 32. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
  33. 33. 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 …
  34. 34. … 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)
  35. 35. a new kind of christianity
  36. 36. Question 2: The Bible Question The Bible Question What is the Bible? Or:What is it for?
  37. 37. Barna Group: New Research Explores How Different Generations View and Use the Bible ... However, despite these similarities, the Barna studies show that the youngest generations are charting a new, unique course related to the Bible. Here are the types of changes being forged by young adults: •Less Sacred – While most Americans of all ages identify the Bible as sacred, the drop-off among the youngest adults is striking: 9 out of 10 Boomers and Elders described the Bible as sacred, which compares to 8 out of 10 Busters (81%) and just 2 out of 3 Mosaics (67%). •Less Accurate – Young adults are significantly less likely than older adults to strongly agree that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches. Just 30% of Mosaics and 39% of Busters firmly embraced this view, compared with 46% of Boomers and 58% of Elders. •More Universalism – Among Mosaics, a majority (56%) believes the Bible teaches the same spiritual truths as other sacred texts, which compares with 4 out of 10 Busters and Boomers, and one-third of Elders. •Skepticism of Origins – Another generational difference is that young adults are more likely to express skepticism about the original manuscripts of the Bible than is true of older adults. •Less Engagement – While many young adults are active users of the Bible, the pattern shows a clear generational drop-off – the younger the person, the less likely then are to read the Bible. In particular, Busters and Mosaics are less likely than average to have spent time alone in the last week praying and reading the Bible for at least 15 minutes. Interestingly, none of the four generations were particularly likely to say they aspired to read the Bible more as a means of improving their spiritual lives. •Bible Appetite – Despite the generational decline in many Bible metrics, one departure from the typical pattern is the fact that younger adults, especially Mosaics (19%), express a slightly above-average interest in gaining additional Bible knowledge. This compares with 12% of Boomers and 9% of Elders. ...
  38. 38. What do we mean when we say the Bible is authoritative? What do we mean by authority? What do we mean by authority?
  39. 39. The Bible as Constitution • What purposes do constitutions (or social contracts) fulfill? • What problems arise with this approach?
  40. 40. Bible as Conversation • The Bible as a cultural library • Artifacts from stories within stories
  41. 41. LEGAL CONSTITUTION COMMUNITY LIBRARY Uniformity Diversity Preserve order Preserve diversity agreement argument enforcement encouragement
  42. 42. LEGAL CONSTITUTION COMMUNITY LIBRARY Rules to live by Stories to live by Conformity Creativity Analyze, interpret, argue Enter, inhabit, practice amendments? new acquisitions
  43. 43. Inspiration • what would an inspired constitution look like? • what would an inspired community library look like?
  44. 44. 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?
  45. 45. 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?
  46. 46. 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?
  47. 47. 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?
  48. 48. Question 10: How can we engage with these questions without fighting and dividing?
  49. 49. A way of thinking about organizational change: insights from macrohistorians
  50. 50. 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
  51. 51. 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”
  52. 52. 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
  53. 53. 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
  54. 54. Cultures may include two or more zones, but will have a center of gravity in one. They may regress.
  55. 55. Development = • Differentiate/Transcend 1.Integrate/Include
  56. 56. 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.
  57. 57. 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
  58. 58. First tier zones think in terms of right/wrong and good/evil. Other zones are evil/wrong: our zone is good/right.
  59. 59. 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.
  60. 60. 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.
  61. 61. 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.
  62. 62. 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.
  63. 63. 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.
  64. 64. Exercise: Consider the following in light of the spiral dynamics schema: Your life Your church Your denomination Your nation The world Where is the center of gravity? Where are the points of tension? Where are breakthroughs happening? 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”
  65. 65. 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?

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