June 2006 Archives

Blogging hiatus

Having returned from a one-week seminar in Bogotá, Colombia, am now preparign to attend the Fifth International Conference on Media, Religion and Culture.. The program looks great.

I'll be away from blogging for another 8 days or so, but want to share this link that Roger Castillo sent me that has provocative shorts. The "Media that Matters" festival. I plan to use many of them in my presentations. More and more "prosumers" is becoming the reality.


These notes and links are for attendees of the seminar, "Ministerios de La Iglesia en Las Culturas de Medios" in Bogotá, Colombia, June 19-24.

A. Ensayo: "Tendencias de los Medios de Comunicación y Ministerios Contemporáneos"

B. Ensayo: "Copyleft: Software libre: libertad de conocimiento, libertad de creación."

C. Video: "No Todo Es Malo." sobre el mismo espacio que ocupa lo "seglar" y lo "sagrado."

D: Resumen:"Supuestos Sobre Los Medios de Comunicación"

E: Ensayo:"Comunidades de Software Libre, Nuevo Espacio para la Pastoral"


Even upon slaves

Pentecost is deeply moving because of 1) the complete leveling of human-constructed barriers of social exclusion 2) the primacy given to uniqueness of cultures and peoples, in contrast with the push for uniformity that fears difference 3)the example of courage to speak truth when those who fear it become "ad hominem."

Here's the text that gave me these ideas:
Acts 2:1-21 (NRSV)

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs - in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
'In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'


Methodists in Minnesota

I'm rejoicing as I read Mary's mention that the Methodists in Minnesota have voiced their Christian view that includes gay marriage and gay clergy, barring language that wants to make homosexuality incompatible with Christianity. This is a social justice issue that is at the heart of God's self revelation today.

An example is the 40 lesbians and gays who were banned and beaten in Moscow for making public their existence. I'm reminded that love, the deepest sense of God, is threatening to society and endangers those who risk bearing witness to love.

Monday I saw The Da Vinci Code and thouroughly enjoyed the acting group of Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Ian McKellen. This piece of fiction is full of plenty of those Hollywood pure entertainment elements like car chases, identity switching, blood. But its the acting that made me enjoy watching these three on the big screen. It's a really good story and the characters become real and engaging.....in a Hollywood way.


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