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Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
where
faith
meets
 our
world
A story about
a youth camp
Conventional View                   Emerging View

The Human       God created the world as perfect,       God created the world as good, but
Situation: What but because our primal                  human beings – as individuals, and as
is the story that
                ancestors, Adam and Eve, did            groups – have rebelled against God and
we find         not maintain the absolute               filled the world with evil and injustice
ourselves in?   perfection demanded by God,             like a terrible disease. God wants to save
                God has irrevocably determined          humanity and heal it from its sickness,
                that the entire universe and all it     but humanity is hopelessly lost and
                contains will be destroyed, and         confused, like sheep without a shepherd,
                the souls of all human beings –         wandering farther and farther into
                except for those specifically           lostness and danger. Left to themselves,
                exempted – will be forever              human beings will spiral downward in
                punished for their imperfection         sickness and evil.
                in hell.1
Basic           Since everyone is doomed to             Since the human race is in such desperate
Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this
questions did   questions: how can individuals          question: what must be done about the
Jesus come to   be saved from eternal                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to
answer?         punishment in hell and instead          the general human condition and its
                go to heaven after they die? How        specific outworking among his
                can God help individuals be             contemporaries: living under domination
                happy and successful until then?        by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                        various competing sects.
Jesus’ message:     Jesus says, in essence, “If you     Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and
How did Jesus       want to be among those              groups – including your own religious
respond to the      specifically qualified to escape    leaders - are leading you farther and
crisis?             being forever punished for your     farther astray. I have been sent by God
                    sins in hell, you must repent of    with this good news – that God loves
                    your individual sins and believe    humanity, even in its lostness and sin.
                    that my Father punished me on       God graciously invites everyone and
                    the cross so He won’t have to       anyone to question and reject what they
                    punish you in hell. Only if you     have been told and instead follow a new
                    believe this will you go to         path. Trust me and become my disciple,
                    heaven when everyone else is        and you will be transformed, and you will
                    banished to hell.”2 This is the     participate in the transformation of the
                    good news.                          world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                        now.”3 This is the good news.

1
  Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,
plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.
2
  This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its
instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
2 questions:                         Conventional View                   Emerging View


 From Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a
                 The Human
                 Situation: What
                                 God created the world as perfect,
                                 but because our primal
                 is the story that
                 we find
                                 ancestors, Adam and Eve, did
                                 not maintain the absolute
                                                                         God created the world as good, but
                                                                         human beings – as individuals, and as
                                                                         groups – have rebelled against God and
                                                                         filled the world with evil and injustice
                 ourselves in?
                                     Revolution of Hope
                                 perfection demanded by God,
                                 God has irrevocably determined
                                 that the entire universe and all it
                                 contains will be destroyed, and
                                                                         like a terrible disease. God wants to save
                                                                         humanity and heal it from its sickness,
                                                                         but humanity is hopelessly lost and
                                                                         confused, like sheep without a shepherd,
                                 the souls of all human beings –         wandering farther and farther into
                                 except for those specifically           lostness and danger. Left to themselves,
                                 exempted – will be forever              human beings will spiral downward in
                                 punished for their imperfection         sickness and evil.
                                 in hell.1




What are the top global
                 Basic           Since everyone is doomed to             Since the human race is in such desperate
                 Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this
                 questions did   questions: how can individuals          question: what must be done about the
                 Jesus come to   be saved from eternal                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to
                 answer?         punishment in hell and instead          the general human condition and its
                                 go to heaven after they die? How        specific outworking among his
                                 can God help individuals be             contemporaries: living under domination




problems?
                                 happy and successful until then?        by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                                         various competing sects.
                 Jesus’ message:     Jesus says, in essence, “If you     Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and
                 How did Jesus       want to be among those              groups – including your own religious
                 respond to the      specifically qualified to escape    leaders - are leading you farther and
                 crisis?             being forever punished for your     farther astray. I have been sent by God
                                     sins in hell, you must repent of    with this good news – that God loves
                                     your individual sins and believe    humanity, even in its lostness and sin.
                                     that my Father punished me on       God graciously invites everyone and
                                     the cross so He won’t have to       anyone to question and reject what they
                                     punish you in hell. Only if you     have been told and instead follow a new
                                     believe this will you go to         path. Trust me and become my disciple,




 What does the message of Jesus
                                     heaven when everyone else is        and you will be transformed, and you will
                                     banished to hell.”2 This is the     participate in the transformation of the
                                     good news.                          world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                                         now.”3 This is the good news.

                 1
                   Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,
                 plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.




        say to those problems?
                 2
                   This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
                 Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its
                 instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
Top Global Problems:
High Noon (20)
           The Human
           Situation: What

           we find
                               Conventional View

                           God created the world as perfect,
                           but because our primal
           is the story that
                           ancestors, Adam and Eve, did
                           not maintain the absolute
                                                                   Emerging View

                                                                   God created the world as good, but
                                                                   human beings – as individuals, and as
                                                                   groups – have rebelled against God and
                                                                   filled the world with evil and injustice
           ourselves in?   perfection demanded by God,             like a terrible disease. God wants to save
                           God has irrevocably determined          humanity and heal it from its sickness,
                           that the entire universe and all it     but humanity is hopelessly lost and




United Nations University (15)
                           contains will be destroyed, and         confused, like sheep without a shepherd,
                           the souls of all human beings –         wandering farther and farther into
                           except for those specifically           lostness and danger. Left to themselves,
                           exempted – will be forever              human beings will spiral downward in
                           punished for their imperfection         sickness and evil.
                           in hell.1
           Basic           Since everyone is doomed to             Since the human race is in such desperate
           Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this
           questions did   questions: how can individuals          question: what must be done about the
           Jesus come to   be saved from eternal                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to
           answer?         punishment in hell and instead          the general human condition and its



Copenhagen Consensus (10)
                           go to heaven after they die? How        specific outworking among his
                           can God help individuals be             contemporaries: living under domination
                           happy and successful until then?        by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                                   various competing sects.
           Jesus’ message:     Jesus says, in essence, “If you     Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and
           How did Jesus       want to be among those              groups – including your own religious
           respond to the      specifically qualified to escape    leaders - are leading you farther and
           crisis?             being forever punished for your     farther astray. I have been sent by God
                               sins in hell, you must repent of    with this good news – that God loves
                               your individual sins and believe    humanity, even in its lostness and sin.




Millennium Development Goals (8)
                               that my Father punished me on       God graciously invites everyone and
                               the cross so He won’t have to       anyone to question and reject what they
                               punish you in hell. Only if you     have been told and instead follow a new
                               believe this will you go to         path. Trust me and become my disciple,
                               heaven when everyone else is        and you will be transformed, and you will
                               banished to hell.”2 This is the     participate in the transformation of the
                               good news.                          world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                                   now.”3 This is the good news.

           1
             Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,




PEACE plan (5)
           plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.
           2
             This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
           Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its
           instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
United Nations University: The State of the Future
Top Fifteen Challenges: How can …
1. … sustainable development be achieved for all?
2. … everyone have sufficient clean water without
                                     Conventional View                   Emerging View

                 The Human       God created the world as perfect,       God created the world as good, but
                 Situation: What but because our primal                  human beings – as individuals, and as
                 is the story that
                                 ancestors, Adam and Eve, did            groups – have rebelled against God and


conflict?
                 we find         not maintain the absolute               filled the world with evil and injustice
                 ourselves in?   perfection demanded by God,             like a terrible disease. God wants to save
                                 God has irrevocably determined          humanity and heal it from its sickness,
                                 that the entire universe and all it     but humanity is hopelessly lost and
                                 contains will be destroyed, and         confused, like sheep without a shepherd,


3. … population growth and resources be brought into
                                 the souls of all human beings –         wandering farther and farther into
                                 except for those specifically           lostness and danger. Left to themselves,
                                 exempted – will be forever              human beings will spiral downward in
                                 punished for their imperfection         sickness and evil.
                                 in hell.1


balance?
                 Basic           Since everyone is doomed to             Since the human race is in such desperate
                 Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this
                 questions did   questions: how can individuals          question: what must be done about the
                 Jesus come to   be saved from eternal                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to
                 answer?         punishment in hell and instead          the general human condition and its


4. … genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian
                                 go to heaven after they die? How        specific outworking among his
                                 can God help individuals be             contemporaries: living under domination
                                 happy and successful until then?        by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                                         various competing sects.
                 Jesus’ message:     Jesus says, in essence, “If you     Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and


regimes?         How did Jesus
                 respond to the
                 crisis?
                                     want to be among those
                                     specifically qualified to escape
                                     being forever punished for your
                                     sins in hell, you must repent of
                                     your individual sins and believe
                                                                         groups – including your own religious
                                                                         leaders - are leading you farther and
                                                                         farther astray. I have been sent by God
                                                                         with this good news – that God loves
                                                                         humanity, even in its lostness and sin.


5. … policymaking be made more sensitive to global long-
                                     that my Father punished me on
                                     the cross so He won’t have to
                                     punish you in hell. Only if you
                                     believe this will you go to
                                     heaven when everyone else is
                                                                         God graciously invites everyone and
                                                                         anyone to question and reject what they
                                                                         have been told and instead follow a new
                                                                         path. Trust me and become my disciple,
                                                                         and you will be transformed, and you will


term perspectives?                   banished to hell.”2 This is the
                                     good news.
                                                                         participate in the transformation of the
                                                                         world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                                         now.”3 This is the good news.




6. … the global convergence of information and
                 1
                   Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,
                 plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.
                 2
                   This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
                 Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its
                 instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant


communications technologies work for everyone?
7. … ethical market economies be encouraged to help
reduce the gap between rich and poor?
8. … the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune
micro-organisms be reduced?
9. … the capacity to decide be improved as the nature of work
and institutions change?               Conventional View                   Emerging View



10. … shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic
                   The Human       God created the world as perfect,       God created the world as good, but
                   Situation: What but because our primal                  human beings – as individuals, and as
                   is the story that
                                   ancestors, Adam and Eve, did            groups – have rebelled against God and
                   we find         not maintain the absolute               filled the world with evil and injustice
                   ourselves in?   perfection demanded by God,             like a terrible disease. God wants to save


conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass
                                   God has irrevocably determined
                                   that the entire universe and all it
                                   contains will be destroyed, and
                                   the souls of all human beings –
                                                                           humanity and heal it from its sickness,
                                                                           but humanity is hopelessly lost and
                                                                           confused, like sheep without a shepherd,
                                                                           wandering farther and farther into
                                   except for those specifically           lostness and danger. Left to themselves,

destruction?       Basic
                                   exempted – will be forever
                                   punished for their imperfection
                                   in hell.1
                                   Since everyone is doomed to
                                                                           human beings will spiral downward in
                                                                           sickness and evil.

                                                                           Since the human race is in such desperate


11. … the changing status of women help improve the human
                   Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this
                   questions did   questions: how can individuals          question: what must be done about the
                   Jesus come to   be saved from eternal                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to
                   answer?         punishment in hell and instead          the general human condition and its
                                   go to heaven after they die? How        specific outworking among his


condition?         Jesus’ message:
                                   can God help individuals be
                                   happy and successful until then?

                                       Jesus says, in essence, “If you
                                                                           contemporaries: living under domination
                                                                           by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                                           various competing sects.
                                                                           Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and
                   How did Jesus       want to be among those              groups – including your own religious

12. … transnational organized crime networks be stopped from
                   respond to the
                   crisis?
                                       specifically qualified to escape
                                       being forever punished for your
                                       sins in hell, you must repent of
                                       your individual sins and believe
                                                                           leaders - are leading you farther and
                                                                           farther astray. I have been sent by God
                                                                           with this good news – that God loves
                                                                           humanity, even in its lostness and sin.


becoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises?
                                       that my Father punished me on       God graciously invites everyone and
                                       the cross so He won’t have to       anyone to question and reject what they
                                       punish you in hell. Only if you     have been told and instead follow a new
                                       believe this will you go to         path. Trust me and become my disciple,
                                       heaven when everyone else is        and you will be transformed, and you will


13. … growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently?
                                       banished to hell.”2 This is the
                                       good news.
                                                                           participate in the transformation of the
                                                                           world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                                           now.”3 This is the good news.




14. … scientific and technological breakthroughs be
                   1
                     Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,
                   plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.
                   2
                     This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
                   Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its
                   instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant

accelerated to improve the human condition?
15. … ethical considerations become more routinely
incorporated into global decisions?
8 Millennium Development Goals:
     1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
     2. Achieve universal primary education.
                The Human
                                    Conventional View

                                God created the world as perfect,
                                                                        Emerging View

                                                                        God created the world as good, but


     3. Promote gender equality and empower
                Situation: What

                we find
                ourselves in?
                                but because our primal
                is the story that
                                ancestors, Adam and Eve, did
                                not maintain the absolute
                                perfection demanded by God,
                                God has irrevocably determined
                                                                        human beings – as individuals, and as
                                                                        groups – have rebelled against God and
                                                                        filled the world with evil and injustice
                                                                        like a terrible disease. God wants to save
                                                                        humanity and heal it from its sickness,
                                that the entire universe and all it     but humanity is hopelessly lost and


     women.                     contains will be destroyed, and
                                the souls of all human beings –
                                except for those specifically
                                exempted – will be forever
                                punished for their imperfection
                                                                        confused, like sheep without a shepherd,
                                                                        wandering farther and farther into
                                                                        lostness and danger. Left to themselves,
                                                                        human beings will spiral downward in
                                                                        sickness and evil.


     4. Reduce child mortality.
                                in hell.1
                Basic           Since everyone is doomed to             Since the human race is in such desperate
                Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this
                questions did   questions: how can individuals          question: what must be done about the
                Jesus come to   be saved from eternal                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to
                answer?         punishment in hell and instead          the general human condition and its


     5. Improve maternal health.
                Jesus’ message:
                                go to heaven after they die? How
                                can God help individuals be
                                happy and successful until then?

                                    Jesus says, in essence, “If you
                                                                        specific outworking among his
                                                                        contemporaries: living under domination
                                                                        by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                                        various competing sects.
                                                                        Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and



     6. Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other
                How did Jesus       want to be among those              groups – including your own religious
                respond to the      specifically qualified to escape    leaders - are leading you farther and
                crisis?             being forever punished for your     farther astray. I have been sent by God
                                    sins in hell, you must repent of    with this good news – that God loves
                                    your individual sins and believe    humanity, even in its lostness and sin.
                                    that my Father punished me on       God graciously invites everyone and


     diseases.                      the cross so He won’t have to
                                    punish you in hell. Only if you
                                    believe this will you go to
                                    heaven when everyone else is
                                    banished to hell.”2 This is the
                                                                        anyone to question and reject what they
                                                                        have been told and instead follow a new
                                                                        path. Trust me and become my disciple,
                                                                        and you will be transformed, and you will
                                                                        participate in the transformation of the



     7. Ensure environmental sustainability.
                                    good news.                          world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                                        now.”3 This is the good news.

                1
                  Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,
                plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.



     8. Develop a global partnership for
                2
                  This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
                Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its
                instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant




     development
Copenhagen Consensus Top 10
        Global Problems
1. Hunger and malnutrition
                               Conventional View                   Emerging View

           The Human       God created the world as perfect,       God created the world as good, but
           Situation: What but because our primal                  human beings – as individuals, and as
           is the story that
                           ancestors, Adam and Eve, did            groups – have rebelled against God and
           we find         not maintain the absolute               filled the world with evil and injustice


2. Climate change
           ourselves in?   perfection demanded by God,
                           God has irrevocably determined
                           that the entire universe and all it
                           contains will be destroyed, and
                           the souls of all human beings –
                                                                   like a terrible disease. God wants to save
                                                                   humanity and heal it from its sickness,
                                                                   but humanity is hopelessly lost and
                                                                   confused, like sheep without a shepherd,
                                                                   wandering farther and farther into



3. Conflicts
                           except for those specifically           lostness and danger. Left to themselves,
                           exempted – will be forever              human beings will spiral downward in
                           punished for their imperfection         sickness and evil.
                           in hell.1
           Basic           Since everyone is doomed to             Since the human race is in such desperate
           Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this


4. Financial Instability
           questions did
           Jesus come to
           answer?
                           questions: how can individuals
                           be saved from eternal
                           punishment in hell and instead
                           go to heaven after they die? How
                           can God help individuals be
                                                                   question: what must be done about the
                                                                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to
                                                                   the general human condition and its
                                                                   specific outworking among his
                                                                   contemporaries: living under domination



5. Water and Sanitation
                           happy and successful until then?        by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                                   various competing sects.
           Jesus’ message:     Jesus says, in essence, “If you     Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and
           How did Jesus       want to be among those              groups – including your own religious
           respond to the      specifically qualified to escape    leaders - are leading you farther and
           crisis?             being forever punished for your     farther astray. I have been sent by God


6. Subsidies and Trade Barrierssins in hell, you must repent of
                               your individual sins and believe
                               that my Father punished me on
                               the cross so He won’t have to
                               punish you in hell. Only if you
                                                                   with this good news – that God loves
                                                                   humanity, even in its lostness and sin.
                                                                   God graciously invites everyone and
                                                                   anyone to question and reject what they
                                                                   have been told and instead follow a new



7. Population/Migration
                               believe this will you go to         path. Trust me and become my disciple,
                               heaven when everyone else is        and you will be transformed, and you will
                               banished to hell.”2 This is the     participate in the transformation of the
                               good news.                          world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                                   now.”3 This is the good news.



8. Communicable Diseases
           1
             Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,
           plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.
           2
             This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
           Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its



9. Education
           instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant




10. Governance and Corruption
Rick Warren’s PEACE Plan
1. Promote reconciliation to reduce
                             Conventional View                   Emerging View




conflict. The Human
         Situation: What

         we find
         ourselves in?
                         God created the world as perfect,
                         but because our primal
         is the story that
                         ancestors, Adam and Eve, did
                         not maintain the absolute
                         perfection demanded by God,
                         God has irrevocably determined
                                                                 God created the world as good, but
                                                                 human beings – as individuals, and as
                                                                 groups – have rebelled against God and
                                                                 filled the world with evil and injustice
                                                                 like a terrible disease. God wants to save
                                                                 humanity and heal it from its sickness,




2. Equip servant leaders to combat
                         that the entire universe and all it     but humanity is hopelessly lost and
                         contains will be destroyed, and         confused, like sheep without a shepherd,
                         the souls of all human beings –         wandering farther and farther into
                         except for those specifically           lostness and danger. Left to themselves,
                         exempted – will be forever              human beings will spiral downward in
                         punished for their imperfection         sickness and evil.
                         in hell.1




corrupt leadership
         Basic           Since everyone is doomed to             Since the human race is in such desperate
         Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this
         questions did   questions: how can individuals          question: what must be done about the
         Jesus come to   be saved from eternal                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to
         answer?         punishment in hell and instead          the general human condition and its
                         go to heaven after they die? How        specific outworking among his
                         can God help individuals be             contemporaries: living under domination




3. Assist the poor through
                         happy and successful until then?        by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                                 various competing sects.
         Jesus’ message:     Jesus says, in essence, “If you     Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and
         How did Jesus       want to be among those              groups – including your own religious
         respond to the      specifically qualified to escape    leaders - are leading you farther and
         crisis?             being forever punished for your     farther astray. I have been sent by God
                             sins in hell, you must repent of    with this good news – that God loves




humanitarian aid (poverty)
                             your individual sins and believe    humanity, even in its lostness and sin.
                             that my Father punished me on       God graciously invites everyone and
                             the cross so He won’t have to       anyone to question and reject what they
                             punish you in hell. Only if you     have been told and instead follow a new
                             believe this will you go to         path. Trust me and become my disciple,
                             heaven when everyone else is        and you will be transformed, and you will
                             banished to hell.”2 This is the     participate in the transformation of the




4. Care for the sick to combat disease
                             good news.                          world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                                 now.”3 This is the good news.

         1
           Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,
         plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.
         2
           This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
         Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its



5. Educate the next generation to
         instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant




combat ignorance
spiritual emptiness corrupt leadership poverty
  disease ignorance hunger and malnutrition
 climate change conflicts Financial Instability
    Water/Sanitation subsidies/trade barriers
 population/ migration communicable diseases
  education governance/corruption       hunger
education    gender inequality    child mortality
 maternal health    environmental sustainability
  ethnic conflicts terrorism weapons of mass
destruction organized crime networks      energy
   demands clean water population growth
              authoritarian regimes
spiritual emptiness corrupt leadership
 poverty disease ignorance hunger
   and malnutrition climate change
conflicts Financial Instability Water/
  Sanitation subsidies/trade barriers
population/ migration communicable
         GLOBAL
  diseases education governance/
         CRISES
   corruption     hunger education
          FOUR

  gender inequality    child mortality
   maternal health    environmental
     sustainability ethnic conflicts
      terrorism weapons of mass
destruction organized crime networks
     energy demands clean water
   population growth authoritarian
                 regimes
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    achieve a
       desire.
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                           Societal Machine


         The Ecosystem



                           Framing Story
Heat



Solar Energy




         The Ecosystem
Heat



Solar Energy




The Ecosystem
Heat



        Solar Energy
                                  Prosperity




       Resources                                                 Waste

                       Equity
                                               Security
                         Societal Machine

                        The Ecosystem
Crisis 1. A Prosperity System that is plundering earth’s
resources and poisoning the earth with toxins. (The crisis of
the planet.)
Heat



  Solar Energy
                            Prosperity




Resources                                                  Waste

                 Equity
                                         Security
                   Societal Machine

                  The Ecosystem
Heat



       Solar Energy
                                 Prosperity



                                                                Waste
    Resources

                      Equity
                                              Security
                        Societal Machine

2. An Equity System that helps a rich minority can’t keep
pace with the growing gap between the rich minority and
the poor majority, resulting in suffering, resentment, and
fear. (The crisis of poverty.)
Heat



   Solar Energy
                             Prosperity



                                                            Waste
Resources

                  Equity
                                          Security
                    Societal Machine

                   The Ecosystem
Heat



      Solar Energy
                                Prosperity



                                                               Waste
    Resources

                     Equity
                                             Security
                       Societal Machine

3. A Security System that arms rich and poor with more and
more catastrophic weapons, resulting in vicious cycles of
crime, mass migration, terrorism and anti-terrorism. (The
crisis of peace.)
Heat



Solar Energy
                              Prosperity

               Resources
                                                  Waste
                           Equity      Security

                           Societal Machine


         The Ecosystem
Heat



Solar Energy
                              Prosperity

               Resources
                                                  Waste
                           Equity      Security

                           Societal Machine


         The Ecosystem



                           Framing Story
Heat



       Solar Energy
                                          Prosperity

                      Resources
                                                              Waste
                                    Equity         Security

                                    Societal Machine

4. The Failure of the World’s
Religions to provide a framing story
to address the first three crises - i.e.       Framing Story
Good News. (The crisis of purpose.)
Where Faith Meets World
Instead, our world religions can
usually be found in support of existing
framing stories of …
Instead, our world religions can
usually be found in support of existing
framing stories of …
  Domination
Instead, our world religions can
usually be found in support of existing
framing stories of …
  Domination
  Revolution
Instead, our world religions can
usually be found in support of existing
framing stories of …
  Domination
  Revolution
  Purification/Scapegoating
Instead, our world religions can
usually be found in support of existing
framing stories of …
  Domination
  Revolution
  Purification/Scapegoating
  Isolation
Instead, our world religions can
usually be found in support of existing
framing stories of …
  Domination
  Revolution
  Purification/Scapegoating
  Isolation
  Accumulation
Instead, our world religions can
usually be found in support of existing
framing stories of …
  Domination
  Revolution
  Purification/Scapegoating
  Isolation
  Accumulation
  Victimization
Instead, our world religions can
usually be found in support of existing
framing stories of …
  Domination
  Revolution
  Purification/Scapegoating
  Isolation
  Accumulation
  Victimization
            This is remarkably similar to the religious
                              situation in Jesus’ day.
Where Faith Meets World
Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans
Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans
Revolution - Zealots
Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans
Revolution - Zealots
Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees
Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans
Revolution - Zealots
Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees
Isolation - Essenes
Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans
Revolution - Zealots
Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees
Isolation - Essenes
Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans
Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans
Revolution - Zealots
Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees
Isolation - Essenes
Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans
Victimization - Poor Galileans, sinners, lepers,
outcasts
Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans
Revolution - Zealots
Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees
Isolation - Essenes
Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans
Victimization - Poor Galileans, sinners, lepers,
outcasts

   Jesus proclaimed a radically different
       framing story … Good news of the
                        Kingdom of God.
Good news - announcement of a new
regime, administration, victory.

Kingdom - reigning, relationships,
values, laws, customs: the unified whole

God - which one?
The kingdom of God …
A God who forgives …
A God who includes …
A God who notices …
A God who serves …
A nonviolent God who reconciles …
A God who heals …
A God who transcends boundaries …
A God who confronts the oppressors ...
A God who exposes the hypocrites ...
A God who sides with the poor …
A God who is present with us …
A God bigger than organized religion …
Where Faith Meets World
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
    framing story … Good news of the
                     Kingdom of God.
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
       framing story … Good news of the
                        Kingdom of God.

Instead of ...
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
       framing story … Good news of the
                        Kingdom of God.

Instead of ...
Domination - Service & Love
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
       framing story … Good news of the
                        Kingdom of God.

Instead of ...
Domination - Service & Love
Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
       framing story … Good news of the
                        Kingdom of God.

Instead of ...
Domination - Service & Love
Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation
Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
       framing story … Good news of the
                        Kingdom of God.

Instead of ...
Domination - Service & Love
Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation
Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion
Isolation - Incarnation & Healing
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
       framing story … Good news of the
                        Kingdom of God.

Instead of ...
Domination - Service & Love
Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation
Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion
Isolation - Incarnation & Healing
Accumulation - Self-giving & sacrifice
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
       framing story … Good news of the
                        Kingdom of God.

Instead of ...
Domination - Service & Love
Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation
Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion
Isolation - Incarnation & Healing
Accumulation - Self-giving & sacrifice
Victimization - Empowerment & Mission
Where Faith Meets World
Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing
    story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing
    story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.

PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self,
pursuit of common good, learning from birds &
flowers
Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing
    story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.

PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self,
pursuit of common good, learning from birds &
flowers

EQUITY - through concern for the least of these,
seeking justice for all
Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing
    story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.

PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self,
pursuit of common good, learning from birds &
flowers

EQUITY - through concern for the least of these,
seeking justice for all

SECURITY - through forgiveness and reconciliation,
turning other cheek, walking second mile
Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing
    story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.

PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self,
pursuit of common good, learning from birds &
flowers

EQUITY - through concern for the least of these,
seeking justice for all

SECURITY - through forgiveness and reconciliation,
turning other cheek, walking second mile

SPIRITUALITY - through loving God “in spirit and
truth,” with all one’s heart, soul, mind, strength
4 Crises:   The Human
            Situation: What
                                Conventional View

                            God created the world as perfect,
                            but because our primal
            is the story that
                            ancestors, Adam and Eve, did
                                                                    Emerging View

                                                                    God created the world as good, but
                                                                    human beings – as individuals, and as
                                                                    groups – have rebelled against God and
            we find         not maintain the absolute               filled the world with evil and injustice
            ourselves in?   perfection demanded by God,             like a terrible disease. God wants to save
                            God has irrevocably determined          humanity and heal it from its sickness,
                            that the entire universe and all it     but humanity is hopelessly lost and



Planetary crisis (Prosperity)
                            contains will be destroyed, and
                            the souls of all human beings –
                            except for those specifically
                            exempted – will be forever
                            punished for their imperfection
                            in hell.1
                                                                    confused, like sheep without a shepherd,
                                                                    wandering farther and farther into
                                                                    lostness and danger. Left to themselves,
                                                                    human beings will spiral downward in
                                                                    sickness and evil.

            Basic           Since everyone is doomed to             Since the human race is in such desperate
            Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this
            questions did   questions: how can individuals          question: what must be done about the
            Jesus come to   be saved from eternal                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to



Poverty crisis (Equity)
            answer?         punishment in hell and instead          the general human condition and its
                            go to heaven after they die? How        specific outworking among his
                            can God help individuals be             contemporaries: living under domination
                            happy and successful until then?        by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                                    various competing sects.
            Jesus’ message:     Jesus says, in essence, “If you     Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and
            How did Jesus       want to be among those              groups – including your own religious
            respond to the      specifically qualified to escape    leaders - are leading you farther and
            crisis?             being forever punished for your     farther astray. I have been sent by God
                                sins in hell, you must repent of    with this good news – that God loves
                                your individual sins and believe    humanity, even in its lostness and sin.



Peace-making crisis (Security)  that my Father punished me on
                                the cross so He won’t have to
                                punish you in hell. Only if you
                                believe this will you go to
                                heaven when everyone else is
                                banished to hell.”2 This is the
                                                                    God graciously invites everyone and
                                                                    anyone to question and reject what they
                                                                    have been told and instead follow a new
                                                                    path. Trust me and become my disciple,
                                                                    and you will be transformed, and you will
                                                                    participate in the transformation of the
                                good news.                          world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                                    now.”3 This is the good news.





   Spiritual crisis (Framing Story)
            1
              Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,
            plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.
            2
              This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
            Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its
            instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
Ivan Illich (Austrian
        former priest,
  philosopher, social
   critic, 1926-2002)
Where Faith Meets World
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 …
Where Faith Meets World
… 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.
… 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.
… 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)
Heat



Solar Energy
                               Prosperity

               Resources
                                                   Waste
                            Equity      Security

                           Societal Machine
        The Ecosystem


                           Good News of the
                           Kingdom of God
Our Father, above us and
                  all around us …
            May your unspeakable
                Name be revered.
Here on earth may your kingdom
 come.
On earth, as in heaven, may your will
 be done.
Give us today our bread for
                                 today.
           Forgive us our wrongs as we
                               forgive.

Lead us away from the perilous trial;
liberate us from the evil.
For the kingdom is yours and yours alone,
the power is yours and yours alone, and the
             glory is yours and yours alone,
                   Now and forever. Amen.
Conventional View                   Emerging View

The Human       God created the world as perfect,       God created the world as good, but
Situation: What but because our primal                  human beings – as individuals, and as
is the story that
                ancestors, Adam and Eve, did            groups – have rebelled against God and
we find         not maintain the absolute               filled the world with evil and injustice
ourselves in?   perfection demanded by God,             like a terrible disease. God wants to save
                God has irrevocably determined          humanity and heal it from its sickness,
                that the entire universe and all it     but humanity is hopelessly lost and
                contains will be destroyed, and         confused, like sheep without a shepherd,
                the souls of all human beings –         wandering farther and farther into
                except for those specifically           lostness and danger. Left to themselves,
                exempted – will be forever              human beings will spiral downward in
                punished for their imperfection         sickness and evil.
                in hell.1
Basic           Since everyone is doomed to             Since the human race is in such desperate
Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these       trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this
questions did   questions: how can individuals          question: what must be done about the
Jesus come to   be saved from eternal                   mess we’re in? The mess refers both to
answer?         punishment in hell and instead          the general human condition and its
                go to heaven after they die? How        specific outworking among his
                can God help individuals be             contemporaries: living under domination
                happy and successful until then?        by the Roman empire, and divided into
                                                        various competing sects.
Jesus’ message:     Jesus says, in essence, “If you     Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and
How did Jesus       want to be among those              groups – including your own religious
respond to the      specifically qualified to escape    leaders - are leading you farther and
crisis?             being forever punished for your     farther astray. I have been sent by God
                    sins in hell, you must repent of    with this good news – that God loves
                    your individual sins and believe    humanity, even in its lostness and sin.
                    that my Father punished me on       God graciously invites everyone and
                    the cross so He won’t have to       anyone to question and reject what they
                    punish you in hell. Only if you     have been told and instead follow a new
                    believe this will you go to         path. Trust me and become my disciple,
                    heaven when everyone else is        and you will be transformed, and you will
                    banished to hell.”2 This is the     participate in the transformation of the
                    good news.                          world, which is possible, beginning right
                                                        now.”3 This is the good news.

1
  Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,
plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.
2
  This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman
Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its
instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
Where Faith Meets World
There are many reasons to
compare our churches to an
old male tortoise …
There are many reasons to
compare our churches to an old
male tortoise …
           Slow-moving … isolated …


                     Ancient-looking

  withdrawn in its shell … won’t stick
                          its neck out
There are
many
reasons to
compare the
changes in
our world to a
tsunami …
There are many reasons to
  compare the emerging global
culture to an orphaned hippo …


       Orphaned by religion …
      science … government …
 the economy … technology …
  consumerism… “progress”…
Where Faith Meets World
-formation?
What could happen in our world
     if we turned back outward
   toward our neighbors - with
  good news, hope, gentleness,
                   and respect?
Where Faith Meets World

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Where Faith Meets World

  • 6. A story about a youth camp
  • 7. Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • 8. 2 questions: Conventional View Emerging View From Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a The Human Situation: What God created the world as perfect, but because our primal is the story that we find ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute God created the world as good, but human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? Revolution of Hope perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined that the entire universe and all it contains will be destroyed, and like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, but humanity is hopelessly lost and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 What are the top global Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination problems? happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, What does the message of Jesus heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. say to those problems? 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • 9. Top Global Problems: High Noon (20) The Human Situation: What we find Conventional View God created the world as perfect, but because our primal is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute Emerging View God created the world as good, but human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and United Nations University (15) contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its Copenhagen Consensus (10) go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. Millennium Development Goals (8) that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, PEACE plan (5) plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • 10. United Nations University: The State of the Future Top Fifteen Challenges: How can … 1. … sustainable development be achieved for all? 2. … everyone have sufficient clean water without Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and conflict? we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, 3. … population growth and resources be brought into the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 balance? Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its 4. … genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and regimes? How did Jesus respond to the crisis? want to be among those specifically qualified to escape being forever punished for your sins in hell, you must repent of your individual sins and believe groups – including your own religious leaders - are leading you farther and farther astray. I have been sent by God with this good news – that God loves humanity, even in its lostness and sin. 5. … policymaking be made more sensitive to global long- that my Father punished me on the cross so He won’t have to punish you in hell. Only if you believe this will you go to heaven when everyone else is God graciously invites everyone and anyone to question and reject what they have been told and instead follow a new path. Trust me and become my disciple, and you will be transformed, and you will term perspectives? banished to hell.”2 This is the good news. participate in the transformation of the world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 6. … the global convergence of information and 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant communications technologies work for everyone? 7. … ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between rich and poor?
  • 11. 8. … the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced? 9. … the capacity to decide be improved as the nature of work and institutions change? Conventional View Emerging View 10. … shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass God has irrevocably determined that the entire universe and all it contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – humanity and heal it from its sickness, but humanity is hopelessly lost and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, destruction? Basic exempted – will be forever punished for their imperfection in hell.1 Since everyone is doomed to human beings will spiral downward in sickness and evil. Since the human race is in such desperate 11. … the changing status of women help improve the human Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his condition? Jesus’ message: can God help individuals be happy and successful until then? Jesus says, in essence, “If you contemporaries: living under domination by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious 12. … transnational organized crime networks be stopped from respond to the crisis? specifically qualified to escape being forever punished for your sins in hell, you must repent of your individual sins and believe leaders - are leading you farther and farther astray. I have been sent by God with this good news – that God loves humanity, even in its lostness and sin. becoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises? that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will 13. … growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently? banished to hell.”2 This is the good news. participate in the transformation of the world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 14. … scientific and technological breakthroughs be 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant accelerated to improve the human condition? 15. … ethical considerations become more routinely incorporated into global decisions?
  • 12. 8 Millennium Development Goals: 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. 2. Achieve universal primary education. The Human Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but 3. Promote gender equality and empower Situation: What we find ourselves in? but because our primal is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and women. contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – except for those specifically exempted – will be forever punished for their imperfection confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into lostness and danger. Left to themselves, human beings will spiral downward in sickness and evil. 4. Reduce child mortality. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its 5. Improve maternal health. Jesus’ message: go to heaven after they die? How can God help individuals be happy and successful until then? Jesus says, in essence, “If you specific outworking among his contemporaries: living under domination by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and 6. Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and diseases. the cross so He won’t have to punish you in hell. Only if you believe this will you go to heaven when everyone else is banished to hell.”2 This is the anyone to question and reject what they have been told and instead follow a new path. Trust me and become my disciple, and you will be transformed, and you will participate in the transformation of the 7. Ensure environmental sustainability. good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 8. Develop a global partnership for 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant development
  • 13. Copenhagen Consensus Top 10 Global Problems 1. Hunger and malnutrition Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice 2. Climate change ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined that the entire universe and all it contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, but humanity is hopelessly lost and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into 3. Conflicts except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this 4. Financial Instability questions did Jesus come to answer? questions: how can individuals be saved from eternal punishment in hell and instead go to heaven after they die? How can God help individuals be question: what must be done about the mess we’re in? The mess refers both to the general human condition and its specific outworking among his contemporaries: living under domination 5. Water and Sanitation happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God 6. Subsidies and Trade Barrierssins in hell, you must repent of your individual sins and believe that my Father punished me on the cross so He won’t have to punish you in hell. Only if you with this good news – that God loves humanity, even in its lostness and sin. God graciously invites everyone and anyone to question and reject what they have been told and instead follow a new 7. Population/Migration believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 8. Communicable Diseases 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its 9. Education instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant 10. Governance and Corruption
  • 14. Rick Warren’s PEACE Plan 1. Promote reconciliation to reduce Conventional View Emerging View conflict. The Human Situation: What we find ourselves in? God created the world as perfect, but because our primal is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined God created the world as good, but human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, 2. Equip servant leaders to combat that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 corrupt leadership Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination 3. Assist the poor through happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves humanitarian aid (poverty) your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the 4. Care for the sick to combat disease good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its 5. Educate the next generation to instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant combat ignorance
  • 15. spiritual emptiness corrupt leadership poverty disease ignorance hunger and malnutrition climate change conflicts Financial Instability Water/Sanitation subsidies/trade barriers population/ migration communicable diseases education governance/corruption hunger education gender inequality child mortality maternal health environmental sustainability ethnic conflicts terrorism weapons of mass destruction organized crime networks energy demands clean water population growth authoritarian regimes
  • 16. spiritual emptiness corrupt leadership poverty disease ignorance hunger and malnutrition climate change conflicts Financial Instability Water/ Sanitation subsidies/trade barriers population/ migration communicable GLOBAL diseases education governance/ CRISES corruption hunger education FOUR gender inequality child mortality maternal health environmental sustainability ethnic conflicts terrorism weapons of mass destruction organized crime networks energy demands clean water population growth authoritarian regimes
  • 18. Machine: a complex tool Prosperity fashioned to achieve a desire. Societal Machine
  • 19. Prosperity Security Societal Machine
  • 20. Prosperity Equity Security Societal Machine
  • 21. Prosperity Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
  • 22. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
  • 23. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Framing Story
  • 24. Heat Solar Energy The Ecosystem
  • 26. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Crisis 1. A Prosperity System that is plundering earth’s resources and poisoning the earth with toxins. (The crisis of the planet.)
  • 27. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
  • 28. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Waste Resources Equity Security Societal Machine 2. An Equity System that helps a rich minority can’t keep pace with the growing gap between the rich minority and the poor majority, resulting in suffering, resentment, and fear. (The crisis of poverty.)
  • 29. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Waste Resources Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
  • 30. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Waste Resources Equity Security Societal Machine 3. A Security System that arms rich and poor with more and more catastrophic weapons, resulting in vicious cycles of crime, mass migration, terrorism and anti-terrorism. (The crisis of peace.)
  • 31. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
  • 32. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Framing Story
  • 33. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine 4. The Failure of the World’s Religions to provide a framing story to address the first three crises - i.e. Framing Story Good News. (The crisis of purpose.)
  • 35. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of …
  • 36. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination
  • 37. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution
  • 38. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating
  • 39. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating Isolation
  • 40. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating Isolation Accumulation
  • 41. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating Isolation Accumulation Victimization
  • 42. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating Isolation Accumulation Victimization This is remarkably similar to the religious situation in Jesus’ day.
  • 44. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans
  • 45. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots
  • 46. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees
  • 47. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees Isolation - Essenes
  • 48. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees Isolation - Essenes Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans
  • 49. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees Isolation - Essenes Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans Victimization - Poor Galileans, sinners, lepers, outcasts
  • 50. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees Isolation - Essenes Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans Victimization - Poor Galileans, sinners, lepers, outcasts Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.
  • 51. Good news - announcement of a new regime, administration, victory. Kingdom - reigning, relationships, values, laws, customs: the unified whole God - which one?
  • 52. The kingdom of God … A God who forgives … A God who includes … A God who notices … A God who serves … A nonviolent God who reconciles … A God who heals … A God who transcends boundaries … A God who confronts the oppressors ... A God who exposes the hypocrites ... A God who sides with the poor … A God who is present with us … A God bigger than organized religion …
  • 54. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.
  • 55. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ...
  • 56. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love
  • 57. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation
  • 58. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion
  • 59. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion Isolation - Incarnation & Healing
  • 60. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion Isolation - Incarnation & Healing Accumulation - Self-giving & sacrifice
  • 61. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion Isolation - Incarnation & Healing Accumulation - Self-giving & sacrifice Victimization - Empowerment & Mission
  • 63. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.
  • 64. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self, pursuit of common good, learning from birds & flowers
  • 65. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self, pursuit of common good, learning from birds & flowers EQUITY - through concern for the least of these, seeking justice for all
  • 66. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self, pursuit of common good, learning from birds & flowers EQUITY - through concern for the least of these, seeking justice for all SECURITY - through forgiveness and reconciliation, turning other cheek, walking second mile
  • 67. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self, pursuit of common good, learning from birds & flowers EQUITY - through concern for the least of these, seeking justice for all SECURITY - through forgiveness and reconciliation, turning other cheek, walking second mile SPIRITUALITY - through loving God “in spirit and truth,” with all one’s heart, soul, mind, strength
  • 68. 4 Crises: The Human Situation: What Conventional View God created the world as perfect, but because our primal is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did Emerging View God created the world as good, but human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and Planetary crisis (Prosperity) contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – except for those specifically exempted – will be forever punished for their imperfection in hell.1 confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into lostness and danger. Left to themselves, human beings will spiral downward in sickness and evil. Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to Poverty crisis (Equity) answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. Peace-making crisis (Security) that my Father punished me on the cross so He won’t have to punish you in hell. Only if you believe this will you go to heaven when everyone else is banished to hell.”2 This is the God graciously invites everyone and anyone to question and reject what they have been told and instead follow a new path. Trust me and become my disciple, and you will be transformed, and you will participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. Spiritual crisis (Framing Story) 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • 69. Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
  • 71. 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 …
  • 73. … 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.
  • 74. … 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.
  • 75. … 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)
  • 76. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Good News of the Kingdom of God
  • 77. Our Father, above us and all around us … May your unspeakable Name be revered. Here on earth may your kingdom come. On earth, as in heaven, may your will be done.
  • 78. Give us today our bread for today. Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive. Lead us away from the perilous trial; liberate us from the evil.
  • 79. For the kingdom is yours and yours alone, the power is yours and yours alone, and the glory is yours and yours alone, Now and forever. Amen.
  • 80. Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • 90. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise …
  • 91. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise … Slow-moving … isolated … Ancient-looking withdrawn in its shell … won’t stick its neck out
  • 92. There are many reasons to compare the changes in our world to a tsunami …
  • 93. There are many reasons to compare the emerging global culture to an orphaned hippo … Orphaned by religion … science … government … the economy … technology … consumerism… “progress”…
  • 95. -formation? What could happen in our world if we turned back outward toward our neighbors - with good news, hope, gentleness, and respect?