•October 24, 2013 • 1 Comment
“Third event in the St Paul’s Forum series ‘How to Change the World’ – Stanley Hauerwas and Brother Samuel SSF speak on the topic of Peace. Chaired by Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral”
Needless to say I do not own the rights to this video. I did however have the privilege of attending this forum and am so glad that St. Paul’s have put it online.
•October 23, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Let me start by saying that ideologies and systems of practice which support beliefs should in themselves be held loosely otherwise they run the risk of beginning to dominate, and at the point that structures dominate beliefs I believe we are all in trouble.
When I started this blog it was set up and designed to be an ongoing progression of thought. Over the last few years I have often kicked the theme of ‘self-sustainability’ around… So this may be of some surprise for regular readers. Things like knitting or making clothes, aquaponics and urban farming are ideas that I’ve mentioned here under the remit of being self-sustainable.
Being self-sustainable is not a new concept though. The philosophers of the ancient world proclaimed self-sustainability, advocating a life of poverty and a lifestyle of begging as a means to sustenance.
It is this that Jesus critiques in Mark 6 when he sends out the disciples. He forbids the disciples from taking a pera with them, a knapsack or more probably, given the list of other items of clothing that it is linked with, a begging bag.
All this is not to say that I do not believe in sustainability though. I believe that to live peaceably on the earth is to live sustainably within our means, contrary to the consumerism of our day.
It is the idea of being self-sustained and self-reliant that I’d like to challenge. Prefixing anything with ‘self’ places the emphasis on us, on what we can achieve or do or provide. By removing this prefix it forces us to reframe and reassess where it is that our sustenance comes from.
Though I may no longer believe in the illusion of self-sustainability and self-sufficiency I do believe in the Creator God who sustains all things.
And that is all for now…