I was just in a mini-stream on Twitter with @james_ka_smith , where I tried to re-open the topic re: the church and the Occupy movement. I had tweeted a while back to JKA on this, but it didn’t seem to spark much interest on his part. He and I had done a bit of back and forth back in 2005-06 Continue Reading
The CNN blog post destined to draw tons of comments: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/21/to-some-obama-is-the-wrong-kind-of-christian/ I just did a Google Search on that title and the number two result is frlom godlikeproductions where the author simply reacts aloud: “Is CNN Serious?” obviously addressing the choir of folks who consider Obama to be , like the author his/herself says, an “AntiChrist”. The Christian Right is all over this, Continue Reading
I totally agree with my friend Brian here: In the end if they break ways with Christâ€™s teachings we are required to break with them as well and speak truth in love http://indefinitedefiniteness.org/2012/09/07/politics/ And saying such things just scares the bejeebies out of so many of my “secular” friends. They just can’t seem to grasp the idea that the “theocracy” ideas Continue Reading
The issue of the role of social media in movements dovetails nicely into a lot of my thinking about “online church”. I have long said that there are several avenues INTO Church from online spaces that can and do happen. But the “virtual space” becomes inhabited by the “physical space” as veterans from the physical spaces and events come back in via Continue Reading
What I did NOT really like was the way they mangled what Tim actually says about “Citizen Journalism”. It’s simple: The term is a bit redundant, because “Journalists ARE citizens”. That would have been easy for the Mashable article/video to point out. How the Occupy Movement Is Creating News Innovation.
This retired Episcopal bishop, George Packard, has been blogging about his advocacy for the Occupy Movement. He quotes from the “Tidal” , an Occupy journal: We wouldn’t be here if Wall Street fed off itself; we are here because it is feeding off everyone. http://bishopsnotebook.blogspot.com/2011/12/what-occupy-is-read-tidal.html Another choice bit from Tidal: If the phantoms of Wall Street are confused by our presence Continue Reading
“Massive and effective street protest” was a global oxymoron until â€” suddenly, shockingly â€” starting exactly a year ago, it became the defining trope of our times. And the protester once again became a maker of history. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2101745_2102132,00.html One might ask how this is “theological”. Well, my theology includes those “theologies” which do not claim to be “theologies”. James K.A. Smith Continue Reading
Yes, I do believe we are, at least a new kind of participation which will be up to us as to how well we understand it and utilize it. And, it is the Occupy movement that has focused my thinking on the kind of participation with which we are dealing. The Occupy movement has been an aggregating force, meaning that Continue Reading
Roger Ebert with a really good, articulate reflection on his feelings re: Occupy Republicans as well as Democrats should be fed up with the rot in our financial system. It should be apparent to them that the Republican Party is the legislative wing of Wall Street theft. Populists are called socialists, but then “socialism” is always the term aimed at Continue Reading
This report , as I watched it play out, seems a little muddled. I went to add this comment in their comment area, but it had too many characters, so I am bringing it over to the blog. this report got me to retweet it, just because it was Fox news being caught red-handed in distortion AGAIN. But the entire Continue Reading
Love this blog post. It draws upon two of the most instrumental theologians in the introduction of many Chriatians into the way of “anarchy”; a term that many people use to express their fear of stepping outside of the box of “the way things are” as defined by the culture, and by nations. We have, as Stanley Hauerwas and John Continue Reading
The Occupy Movement has begun “Occupying” homes under foreclosure. http://wearetheother99.com/
As my love for the movement has deepened, I am now moved to offer further criticism with the aim of helping the movement be as effective as possible and to endear itself into the hearts of as many of our fellow citizens as we can — Roger Wolsey via I Criticize OWS because I Love it. | elephant journal.
From @RogerWolsey via his post on patheos.com (link below) God is in the those who are reclaiming their gifts of prophecy and are speaking truth to power. God is in that slip of paper that a protester slipped to Obama. God is in that guy with the funny hat who handed that fox reporter his a$$ with a barrage of Continue Reading