Faith+activism

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Presentation as part of St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Gisborne's lecture series on public theology.

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Faith+activism

  1. 1. Faith & Activism  Growing Up  Influences  Urban Vision  Catholic Worker  Ploughshares  Private vs. Public Theology  Biblical Imperatives
  2. 2. Growing Up  lower-middle class, egalitarian family  mainstream church upbringing  teenage evangelical conversion
  3. 3. Growing Up  crisis of faith  2nd conversion  Urban Vision  Te Ora Hou
  4. 4. Moana Cole (1993)
  5. 5. Catholic Worker − Dorothy Day & Peter Maurin − Rule:  works of mercy & hospitality  communal farming  nonviolent resistance − Christian anarchism − Notable associates: − Phil & Dan Berrigan − Thomas Merton − Amon Hennesey − etc.
  6. 6. Ploughshares / Plowshares
  7. 7. Ploughshares  9/9/1980: General Electric Nuclear Missile Facility in Pennsylvania – Berrigans + six others damaged nuclear warhead nose cones & poured blood on documents  Principles:  absolutely nonviolent to people;  remaining on the scene to take responsibility;  some effort to turn swords into ploughshares  up to 18 years imprisonment  targets: live nuclear weapons, fighter jets, personal field weapons, satellite dish, etc.
  8. 8. Ploughshares
  9. 9. Private vs. Public Theology  Privatised faith − Americanization of faith − Christianity & Consumerism − super-spirituality, dualism & other-worldliness  Bad Public Theology: − abortion clinic bombings − ‘enough is enough’ march − Hero Parade protest  The Principle of Grace (1 Corinthians 13)
  10. 10. Biblical Imperatives Jesus' public mission (Luke 4) OT imperatives:  Judges / Kings / Prophets  justice, hope & liberation NT imperatives:  grace, hope & new order Personal-Public faith continuum
  11. 11. Faith & Activism in NZ • Parihaka + prophets • Suffragettes • 20th Century Conscientious Objectors • Riverside Community • Anti-nuclear protests • Springbok Tours • Hikoi • New Monasticism
  12. 12. East Timor (1993-1997)
  13. 13. America’s Cup 1995
  14. 14. Waihopai 2008
  15. 15. Waihopai 2008
  16. 16. South Pacific Christian Anarchists  2006 (Tauranga); 2007 (Queensland); 2008 (Akaroa); 2009 (Melbourne); 2010 (Wellington) Sarvodaya (the constructive programme):  alternative business models, gardening, neighbourhood organising, refugee support, youth work, low carbon lifestyle, etc. Satyagraha (the resistance programme)  anti-war civil disobedience, dumpster-diving, decolonisation education and activities, etc.
  17. 17. Te Tairawhiti 1998- 2010

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