500-2-1 Transformational Urban Conversations Methodology 670 - 2

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A new methodology and processes for the development of urban poor theology. A video presentation may be found at https://vimeo.com/vivgrigg/transconv

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Transformational Urban Conversations:

Transformational Urban Conversations

Transformational Urban Conversations:

Transformational Urban Conversations Creating an academic Framework to serve: 50,000 workers from the slums to the slums 200,000,000 Christians in the slums 1,000,000 Transformational Dynamics A new paradigm to serve new fields of missiological knowledge

Transformational Conversations:

A Theological Framework for the MATUL degree An Entrance Story: The Moses – God-Liberation Conversation in Exodus 3 Finding God (3-6) in a context of oppression (7) through solidarity (8), spiritual power (15,20), advocacy (10), entrepreneurial vision (17), community organization (16-22) Transformational Conversations

My Early Paradigm Contributions to Urban Poor Missiology :

My Early Paradigm Contributions to Urban Poor Missiology

My Development of a Second Wave of Paradigms (in 90’s):

My Development of a Second Wave of Paradigms (in 90’s )

How is this different from traditional theologies?:

How is this different from traditional theologies?

All theologies are Contextual Theologies:

All theologies are Contextual Theologies

European Systematic Theologies are one type of Contextual Theology:

European Systematic Theologies are one type of Contextual Theology They build on Greek Logic of Plato and Aristotle Seek to create logical Western philosophical systems of theological ideas. Are based on the logic of previous theologians As with all of the modernist project in Western academia of the last three centuries, they are based on Greek logic, but have not succeeded in creating a unified integrated system of knowledge

Transformational Conversations:

Transformational Conversations U rban workers do theology differently

What’s a Transformational Conversation?:

What’s a Transformational Conversation? Theology as Collective Action or Institutionalized Theology

Urban Theological Foundations: Contrasting Polarities:

Urban Theological Foundations: Contrasting Polarities Is God or was God? Is God or does God? Is God incarnate or cosmic? Is God a holistic Story teller or a rationalist philosopher?

Transformational Conversation:

Transformational Conversation 1. Entrance story, solidarity, discontinuity 5.New faith-action story Demonstrated in Communal Action

Epistemology of MATUL:

Epistemology of MATUL The MATUL is based of a different understanding of knowledge and theology to that of modernist systematic theology It does not grow from logical Catholicism The centre of Jesus’ theological approach was not systematic theology Systematic theology is one type of contextual theology from Western Europe

MATUL:

MATUL Based on Urban Contextual Theology Poor people are largely oral learners. They are story-tellers not linear Aristotolean logicians Jesus reached the poor through oral techniques Storytelling, parables, proverbs,

Transformational Conversations:

Transformational Conversations Developing Oral Theologies For Oral Cultures Developing Formal Theologies From Oral Cultures In Urban Contexts

MATUL Theological Process:

MATUL Theological Process Every course in the degree is a theological course But we utilise a “transformational conversations” approach We start with situations in the slums and the stories of those situations then reflect on parallel Biblical stories to understand Biblical praxis for those situations

Elements of a Web of Belief:

Elements of a Web of Belief

Engaging Postmodernism:

Engaging Postmodernism Using a web of belief aproach Recognizes the limits to our capacity to create integrated fields of logical knowledge Enables engagement with postmodern story-based image culture.

Part of New Global Theologies:

Part of New Global Theologies This is part of a trend in developing global theologies around the world in developing nations and represents an information age tribal/global culture 21 st century shift.

Jesus, Paul & Plato:

Jesus, Paul & Plato 1 Cor 1:30 Paul trained by Gamalial, disciple of Plato and Socrates, as well as Hebrew rabbi Paul rejects philosophic knowledge approach Centers on wisdom Christ is our wisdom Holy Spirit as centre of revelation

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How to apply this to MATUL research courses?

Beyond Dialogue: Transformational Conversations:

Beyond Dialogue: Transformational Conversations The Bible is stories (narrative) Theology is stories Theology is conversations e.g.A hui for migrant ethnic leaders in NZ 2 nd generation kids Role of the theologian as thematizer The issue, decoding the issue in the midst of the stories in small groups Integration of the issue

Transformational Conversation on an Issue:

Transformational Conversation on an Issue 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Interfacing the conversations

Transformational Conversation on Land Rights:

Transformational Conversation on Land Rights 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation Land Rights 1. Entrance Stories: Violence, Dispossession Socio-Economic Analysis: UNHabitat Literature, Best Practices, Community Organization, Cross-nation Legislation Biblical Reflection on Land and Land Rights, Jubilee, Prophets, Exodus, Theological Analysis: Brueggeman -3 Movements 5. New Action Stories: Rebuilding, marches, new legislation, comm orgn…. Structures as Conversationalists: Rebuilding Communities, Community Organizations Voicing Biblical Values Interfacing the conversations: Engagement with NHA (public theology), Jubilee Year, Research on Latrines (Dignity)

Transformational Conversation on an Slum Latrines:

Transformational Conversation on an Slum Latrines 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Interfacing the conversations

Transformational Conversation on an Entrepreneurship:

Transformational Conversation on an Entrepreneurship 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Interfacing the conversations

Transformational Conversation about psychologically damaged slum children:

Transformational Conversation about psychologically damaged slum children 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Interfacing the conversations

Transformational Conversation as a Thesis Framework:

Transformational Conversation as a Thesis Framework 4. City Transformational Conversation 2.Theological Conversation 3. Postmodern/ Modern City Conversation The Issue 1. Entrance Stories Socio-Economic Analysis Research indicators Biblical Reflection Theological Analysis How do the people theologise ? 5. New Action Story Structures as Conversationalists Research how structures are speaking. Interfacing the conversations Working with the church or community organization to act Anthropological analysis

Extended Thesis:

Extended Thesis Initial round of research New Action steps

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APU MATUL: Multiple Transformational Conversations ?

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Some Recent Viv Grigg Publications Grigg, V. 2009 . The Spirit of Christ and the Postmodern City .  Asbury: Emeth Press. ___. 2010. Economic Discipleship .  5 th Edn . Auckland: Urban Leadership Foundation.   Book Chapters Grigg, V. (2012). Uma igreja relevante e encarnada - discipulado economico [The Incarnate and Relevant Church - Economic Discipleship]. In A. Ramos & R.Bituin (Ed.), Lutando para igreja . [Battle for the Church] (pp. 219-235). Sao Paulo: Vox Litteris , Editorial Hagnos . ___. (2011). Urbanization. In J.B. Green (Ed.), Dictionary of scripture and ethics. (pp. 799-801). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. www.bakeracademic.com   Refereed Journal Articles ___. (2012). Hovering Spirit, Creative Voice, Empowered Transformation: A Retrospective. The New Urban World Journal/ISUM, 1 (1), 17-26. www.newurbanworld.org   Legal Submission ___. (2010). The Location of Liberty Trust in the Grand Schema of Advancement of Religion that Contributes to the Public Good. Submission in case before the High Court of New Zealand, Liberty Trust vs Charities Commission. CIV 2010-485-831 .

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Some Publications Peer Reviewed Consultation Presentation Revitalization Consultation . The Spirit of Christ and the Postmodern City . Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. (Oct 2009) . Eight Web Sites for partner school professors and program directors www.urbanleaders.org/ma with complete structure for launching the MATUL in a partner school . Resources and courses online for partner school faculty www.urbanleaders.org /500Writings, /520Spirituality /530FaithComm / 540Reality / 560CommEcon / 620Leadership / 655LandRights specific to each course. Six other sites under development . Eleven APU online courses designed, placed online, delivered and upgraded.

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Books Grigg, V. Nov 2009. The Spirit of Christ and the Postmodern City .  Asbury: Emeth Press. ___. 2010. Economic Discipleship .  5 th Edn . Auckland: Urban Leadership Foundation.   Book Chapters Grigg, V. (2012). Uma igreja relevante e encarnada - discipulado economico [The Incarnate and Relevant Church - Economic Discipleship]. In A. Ramos & R.Bituin (Ed.), Lutando para igreja . [Battle for the Church] (pp. 219-235). Sao Paulo: Vox Litteris , Editorial Hagnos . ___. (2011). Urbanization. In J.B. Green (Ed.), Dictionary of scripture and ethics. (pp. 799-801). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. www.bakeracademic.com   Refereed Journal Articles ___. (2012). Hovering Spirit, Creative Voice, Empowered Transformation: A Retrospective. The New Urban World Journal/ISUM, 1 (1), 17-26. www.newurbanworld.org   Legal Submission ___. (2010). The Location of Liberty Trust in the Grand Schema of Advancement of Religion that Contributes to the Public Good. Submission in case before the High Court of New Zealand, Liberty Trust vs Charities Commission. CIV 2010-485-831. Conference Presentations Conferencia Missionaria de Estado do Sao Paulo. Uma igreja relevamente : o reino , a igreja e a terra . (The relevant church: the reign, the church and land). CMESP, BRazil . (November 2012). Conferência Missionária do Estado de São Paulo (CMESP), Uma igreja relevante encarnada . (A relevant and incarnational church). Rio de Janiero , Brazil. (April 2012). MissionsFest . 50,000 from the slums to the slums . Lancaster, PA. (January 2012). Evangelical Missions Society (South-Western). Transforming the post-Post-modern City. (2011). Asbury Seminary Missions Conference. Was Robin Hood a Deacon? (2010).  

The Los Angeles Conversation:

The Los Angeles Conversation

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What’s In? Baby Boom 3.0 Small Indulgences Aging of America What’s Out? Traditional Employment Conspicuous Consumption Wasting Natural Resources

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