Saturday, July 17, 2010

Iroquois rights and liturgical re-imagination

From Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, USA
This is a shout-out post to two sister blogs, Story Doula and Traveling at the Speed of Bike. The former is authored by Paulette Moore, who co-taught my arts-based research class last fall with Howard Zehr. She's a filmmaker and is also doing some teaching in the undergraduate program at Eastern Mennonite U.

The Iroquois Lacrosse Team and Why I Hold Back on Reclaiming My Mohawk Rights - I won't explain her post here, read it for yourself (plus the title is pretty self-explanatory), but it woke again thoughts and experiences within myself in relation to the power and legitimacy of the secular, liberal-democratic nation state (of which the U.S. is an example). So I made a few comments on that there post. She also mentions working with Robb Davis in exploring her personal/family narrative. It just so happens Robb is the author of the second blog mentioned above...

Liturgies of Autonomy/Liturgies of Dependency (Liturgies of “the Street”) - Robb caught my attention right off the bat by mentioning postmodern Christian philosopher, James K.A. Smith, who I just discovered this week and whose work I'm now officially totally jazzed to read. I've already dug into a few of his reflections on the collaborative blog, The Church and Postmodern Culture: Conversation. Robb goes on to reflect on Smith's writing on liturgy as "rituals of ultimate concern" and how they may be contextualized to work in his own community. So I threw in a few comments on that post, too.

It's been a productive day for blogging, because I also posted this piece over at Feetwashing and Foursquare, based on some of my Brethren studies today: Ethnic diversity predictions for Brethren from 20 years ago.

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