“Cautious Affirmation” of Augustine (toward a “Theology of Occupy) #occuppytheology cc: @james_ka_smith

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

From CNN: The Gospel according to Obama #OWS #PublicTheology #OccupyChurch

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

God REALLY is neither a Democrat NOR a Republican HT @BrianMerritt #OWS #OccupyChurch

I totally agree with my friend Brian here: In the end if they break ways with Christ’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

Social Media and Movements; Social Media and Churches

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

@Mashable video on News Innovation of @TimCast #occupy #CitizenJournalism

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.

Occupied Bishop: Wall Street Feeds Off of Everyone #occupytheology

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

The Protester – Person of the Year 2011 – TIME #occupytheology

“Massive and effective street protest” was a global oxymoron until — suddenly, shockingly — 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

Are We on the Verge of Participatory Church? | @knightopia .com #occupytheology

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

Re: Occupy movement – Roger Ebert’s Journal

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