You can now view Parts 2 and 3 of the Urban Conversations with Michael Schluter on Relational Thinking. Our apologies that the picture is lost in some places….. technical problems and all that!! The sound continues all the way through and it is worth listening to. Enjoy, be challenged, and blog with us…
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At a recent Urban Conversation, Michael Schluter presented the idea that we should be involved in a new paradigm of thinking and acting that puts relationships at the centre of all we are and do. He suggested that this is radically Christian in that this is what Christ did and those who profess to follow Him can do nothing other than seek to imitate this lifestyle.
Well, that got some dialogue going….
My question asks what would that look like in each of the Drivers that ST2 talks about. How would Relatonal Thinking be applied to Media, Arts, Business, Sports, Community Services, Health,Justice, Law, Education, and Politics? What are the specific challenges and what are the rewards that could be reaped? For example, I do a fair bit of work in the Justice area. Schluter mentioned that Relational Thinking would make a big difference in the Prison system. Yep, it sure would! But what would that look like? I wanted to ask him on the night but didn’t get the chance. What do you think?
I’d love to hear from you if you’re involved in one of the Drivers (and who isn’t in some way or other?) about the application of Relational Thinking in your area of expertise.
Come on, let’s keep the conversation going….
I picked up this piece of encouragement from Youtube the other day. Worthwhile watching. Says some interesting stuff about music and faith and the arts too. Alice Cooper has a syndicated radio programme that runs on 91.5 here in Melbourne. It’s good to listen to for his insights into the world of rock and roll and I’ve often thought that he has some decent values behind all the makeup. I guess I now understand a little more of where those values are coming from. Good music too!! Yes Larry, why should the devil have all the good music? (Sorry…. showing my age….)
“Concepts create idols; only wonder comprehends anything. People kill one another over idols. Wonder makes us fall to our knees.” St. Gregory of Nyssa (Sojourners Verse and Voice, July 6, 2011).
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens….. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what are humans that you are mindful of them…. You made them a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned them with glory and honour” King David of Israel, (Psalm 8:1-5)
King David is lost in wonder as he writes these words, swept up in awe of God, of the universe, of humanness itself. The loss of wonder amongst us, influenced partly by our false belief that we can understand and therefore control everything, is one of the causes of a sick society. Maybe it’s here that the Arts can save us? Food for thought….
Sophia Think Tank.
Another Driver of values and ideas in our Society is the Arts sector. The Church has had a patchy relationship with the Arts over the years but in Evangelical circles in recent years the sector is often not regarded very highly. This is in sharp contradiction to the Bible. There are numerous Biblical passages that relate to the Arts, many of them affirming various artistic expressions, from music to fine art to crafts and so on.
Take for example the passage at Exodus 31:1-11. God is giving directions for the design and making of the sacred tent and its furnishings as well as special clothing for the priesthood. In so doing there is warm affirmation of the calling and practice of the Arts. Consider the following:
- Artists are chosen by God to do His work
- The Artists are filled with the Spirit of God to get the job done
- God has further given the Artists wisdom and skill to fulfil their calling
- The creations brought about by this co-working of Artist and God are magnificent, pleasing to God and to all who encounter them.
What does this say to the Arts today? In a word, affirmation. It is good to be an Artist and it is good to be involved in the Arts. Looking at the world around us reminds us that God Himself is an artist. Passages like the one above from Exodus tell us clearly what God thinks of the Arts. Then there’s God’s foray into some wall-art (graffiti!?) in Daniel 5:5 and in John 8:6-8 we find that Jesus was involved in some pavement sketching!
So, to all you Artists out there, especially to those of you who have felt that you don’t belong, be encouraged. Be affirmed. And let’s hear from you about how you have found the Bible addressing what you do….
Food for thought
Dr David Wilson