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As the 4th approaches, remembering my #WildGoose2014 #wgf14 friends

July 03, 2014 By: Theoblogical Category: Occupy Theology, OWS, Theoblogical

(After I posted this initially,  I realized it should have been posted as an “Occupy Theology” post…so I posted a duplicate in that Custom Post Type)

4 days removed from returning from Hot Springs, NC,  I sit on July 3rd on my front porch wary of the Patriotism-fest about to be unleashed,  and most wary of the Constantinian moves taken by so many of our even Progressive churches.  We’ll sing Battle Hymn of the Republic and America the Beautiful,  songs I tend to like,  but in the context of “Celebrating America Alongside”;  the God/Country talks,  I am not as moved by these songs in this context.  None of this is something in any way unpalatable for the powers that be.  IN fact,  they welcome it.  It serves to moderate and in some cases,  obliterate,  the notion of alternative community when the values and narratives of American Empire shove out of the picture the Kingdom of God concerns that somehow need to be set forth, again and again,  AGAINST the status quo that the Kingdoms of this earth want to preserve.

There was that sense,  at the Wild Goose,  as in previous years,  that we are encouraged and strnengthened to bring home with us,  and to “go out” with it.   But as I return to the Nashville area,  in the breadbasket of the Bible Belt,  the theology of the churches continues to ignore the acceleration of the forces that seek to do the bidding of the powerful.  They did during the efforts of the Occupy movement,  and stayed silent rather than recognize in that aspirational and somewhat strategic public grassroots effort,  there was about as clear an opportunity to sound a cry of the gospels and the prophets as has been experienced in this country since the Great Depression.  But this time,  we have this ubiqutous media here to tell us why it wn’t and isan’t working,  and why it didn’t.  They didn’t leverage the political system correctly,  they say,  even though what we see when we look at “our political system”,  a bought and paid for game of power and a battle between moderation and right wing revolution  (that ironically seeks a return to exactly what the oligrachs had thought they had achieved once and for all in the “Roaring 20′s”,  but were forced to reckon with an explosion of populist, grassroot movements and warned by FDR that unless that make huge concessions in tax dollars,  they would lose it all.   But there,  it didn’t take them long to build their counter-movement and pit class and race  against one another and grow the gap between rich and poor to levels now unprecedented in U.S. history and rendering the U.S. as an Empire that eclipses even the Roman Empire in terms of inequality).

And yet the churches let the cries and efforts of the Occupy movement die down without raising any of their own voices which ostensibly speak for the oppressed.  And even as that population encompasses more of us,  they remain silent still.  The “Occupy” brand has been rendered to the dustbin of history of movements  and many point to Occueconomicpy as if the issues which it raised are spoken of again and again,  and say,  but they tried that and it failed. They “tried that” and it was QUASHED,  as it will be again and again if it is left to purely political movements.   If inequality does not become a platform and preoccupation of the theological communities,  then the status quo powers will successfully leverage the theological accomodations that are widely represented by churches and religious groups that propose what the visions of “The Founders” were.  The fruits of our labor will continue to be counted for less by the powers that be,  and the welfare of all will continue to suffer attack and implosion.

Gloomy, eh?   All I can say is that this is not the end of the story.

As the 4th approaches, remembering my #WildGoose2014 #wgf14 friends

July 03, 2014 By: Theoblogical Category: Occupy Theology, OWS, Theoblogical

4 days removed from returning from Hot Springs, NC,  I sit on July 3rd on my front porch wary of the Patriotism-fest about to be unleashed,  and most wary of the Constantinian moves taken by so many of our even Progressive churches.  We’ll sing Battle Hymn of the Republic and America the Beautiful,  songs I tend to like,  but in the context of “Celebrating America Alongside”;  the God/Country talks,  I am not as moved by these songs in this context.  None of this is something in any way unpalatable for the powers that be.  In fact,  they welcome it.  It serves to moderate and in some cases,  obliterate,  the notion of alternative community when the values and narratives of American Empire shove out of the picture the Kingdom of God concerns that somehow need to be set forth, again and again,  AGAINST the status quo that the Kingdoms of this earth want to preserve.

There was that sense,  at the Wild Goose,  as in previous years,  that we are encouraged and strnengthened to bring home with us,  and to “go out” with it.   But as I return to the Nashville area,  in the breadbasket of the Bible Belt,  the theology of the churches continues to ignore the acceleration of the forces that seek to do the bidding of the powerful.  They did during the efforts of the Occupy movement,  and stayed silent rather than recognize in that aspirational and somewhat strategic public grassroots effort,  there was about as clear an opportunity to sound a cry of the gospels and the prophets as has been experienced in this country since the Great Depression.  But this time,  we have this ubiqutous media here to tell us why it wn’t and isan’t working,  and why it didn’t.  They didn’t leverage the political system correctly,  they say,  even though what we see when we look at “our political system”,  a bought and paid for game of power and a battle between moderation and right wing revolution (that ironically seeks a return to exactly what the oligrachs had thought they had achieved once and for all in the “Roaring 20′s”,  but were forced to reckon with an explosion of populist, grassroot movements , and  warned by FDR that unless that make huge concessions in tax dollars,  they would lose it all.   But there,  it didn’t take them long to build their counter-movement and pit class and race  against one another and grow the gap between rich and poor to levels now unprecedented in U.S. history and rendering the U.S. as an Empire that eclipses even the Roman Empire in terms of inequality).

And yet the churches let the cries and efforts of the Occupy movement die down without raising any of their own voices which ostensibly speak for the oppressed.  And even as that population encompasses more of us,  they remain silent still.  The “Occupy” brand has been rendered to the dustbin of history of movements  and many point to Occueconomicpy as if the issues which it raised are spoken of again and again,  and say,  but they tried that and it failed. They “tried that” and it was QUASHED,  as it will be again and again if it is left to purely political movements.   If inequality does not become a platform and preoccupation of the theological communities,  then the status quo powers will successfully leverage the theological accomodations that are widely represented by churches and religious groups that propose what the visions of “The Founders” were.  The fruits of our labor will continue to be counted for less by the powers that be,  and the welfare of all will continue to suffer attack and implosion.

Gloomy, eh?   All I can say is that this is not the end of the story.

Inequality For All – Excellent Choice

April 12, 2014 By: Theoblogical Category: Occupy Theology, OWS, Theoblogical

inequalityForAllJust got back from the Y where my choice of reading/viewing fare was a Netflix movie, Robert Reich’s “Inequality For All”.  (Don’t know why they didn’t include that link to Netflix on their ad ) This alone was a program making the 7.99 a month monthly price well worth it.  Heck,  it’s worth it if you have friends,  since you should want to encourage your friends to watch it.  It’s so well done and un-arguable,  it is an IMPORTANT bit of education for our citizenry.  I would also argue that it is an important THEOLOGICAL issue as well.  It really burns me that this is NOT a bigger topic of church conversations.  In most cases,  it is the very thing that most churches AVOID since the right wing has decided that this conversation “incites class warfare”.

Still looking for comments from my theological friends on my Net Freedom & Church blog post at http://ow.ly/tRaf3

February 21, 2014 By: Theoblogical Category: Occupy Theology, OWS

The only things that have shown up in my comments are the social media pointers I have put out asking my theological friends to comment.  It’s not that this is THE most important issue on the world. It’s not.  Their are wars, killings, severe oppression,  economic hegemony of the extremely wealthy,  etc.  But this IS a vastly influential and consequential issue.  And if there is any value to Net Freedom (which I definitely think there is),  is there not a theological case to be made (I think there is).  It IS a justice issue.  It is yet another case of the rich and powerful rigging the system to maximize their profits at the expense of the good of the non-rich and powerful.  It IS the right of everyone on the earth to have the opportunities to participate,  and the most crucial aspect of that is that this is an avenue where people can tell their stories.  The world needs to know a lot of these stories.  Our communities of interest WANT to know our particular stories.  The collaborative energies generated by finding people who respond and support our stories are marvelous and miraculous energies.  It goes all the way to the level of the principle idea of the gifts of the body of Christ.  The church exists as an incubator to call forth and cultivate those gifts that result in needs being addressed.  So the issue of Net Freedom is a theological issue in that all of us have contributions to make,  and the Net has proven to be a powerful source of extending the stories of groups and individuals in order to widen the reach of the benefits of those who are about the task of living their calling.

Please go to my previous post at http://wp.theoblogical.org/?p=23272 and offer your thoughts.

Dr. Joerg Reiger on Occupy Religion

February 10, 2014 By: Theoblogical Category: Occupy Theology, OWS, Theoblogical