Dr. Simpson gave a wonderful lecture on Aristotle so that we could better understand Jennings arguments.
I think this has deep implications for Suburban Spirituality. The suburbs are predominantly comprised of those “higher” on the “actualized” scale and embedded with White, European, Aristotelian, Colonializing imaginations that are blind to the complicity inherent within the status quo of our current Christian praxis. I’ll definitely need to process this more intensely.read more
Willie Jennings book, The Christian Imagination, is “A probing study of the cultural fragmentation—social, spatial, and racial—that took root in the Western mind [it] shows how Christianity has consistently forged Christian nations rather than encouraging genuine communion between disparate groups and individuals.” (from Amazon.com book description.
This is a section from Exploring Spirituality in Adult and Higher Education. Tisdell addresses the fact that white people in the United States are generally blind to culture, like a fish is unaware of water. A path to spiritual transformation is to wrestle with white privilege.
The Gospel and Suburban Youth Cultures by Steve Thomason
A Term Paper Presented to Professors Mary Hess and Gary Simpson
Luther Seminary | As a Requirement in Course CL8530 Gospel and Culture
St. Paul, Minnesota | 2012
The general focus of my PhD study is on Spiritual Formation for the missional church in the context of middle-class United States suburbia. I am the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Grace Lutheran Church (GLC)—an ELCA congregation—in Andover, MN, where I work with all ages trying to create spaces in which people can develop spiritually. My case study for this paper is focused on the high school youth group that I work with and a new curriculum/praxis that I developed for the students this fall called How Do I Fit?read more