Echo #8 – April 26, 2011

“Help us to grow as a listening, discerning, learning people.”
That is from a prayer in the “Call to Purpose” document, adopted by the United Church General Council in 2007.

The Listening to The Echo project is an ethnographic study, and I’ll be speaking about the methodology in terms of cultural anthropology at the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion meeting in Fredericton at the end of May. But I insist that it also rests on a biblical theology of respectful sensitivity to others, a sensitivity that has not always been a feature of church history.

The Church emphasizes proclamation.
Church history is a narrative of powerful proclamation, often to less powerful societies.

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