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A Theological Tool-kit for the City. Bits of the kit. Marking time: kairos meets chronos Gospel themes Mission modes (Re)sources for an urban theology. Marking Time: waves of urban theology. 1. Intellectual: Secular optimism. Cox: The Secular City (1965)

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bits of the kit
Bits of the kit
  • Marking time: kairos meets chronos
  • Gospel themes
  • Mission modes
  • (Re)sources for an urban theology
1 intellectual secular optimism
1. Intellectual: Secular optimism
  • Cox: The Secular City (1965)
    • Secularization and urbanization as liberation from tradition
    • Urban expression of theologies for social change
    • City as cultural icon – not lived reality
2 socio political poverty partners
2. Socio-political: Poverty & Partners
  • Faith in the City (1985)
    • Urban reality: UPAs, riots & poverty
    • Urban advocacy: a ‘marxist plot’ ?!
    • Theology of compassion: ‘remember the poor’
  • Regeneration: Partnerships & programmes Church Urban Fund; MAP; UTU;
  • Focus on inner-city & urban estates
  • Church as faithful urban remnant
3 global contested space
3. Global: contested space
  • Faithful Cities (2006):
    • Religious & cultural diversity
    • Poverty & prosperity
    • Globalization: gift and threat
  • What makes a good city ?
    • Holistic urban vision
    • From exclusion to participation
    • Social cohesion
  • Faithful capital: religion back on the agenda
kairos meets chronos
Kairos meets Chronos ?
  • Distinctive periods – but overlapping waves
  • Deprivation alongside diversity
  • Religious confidence alongside secularism
  • Contested space…conflicting voices
theme s
Theme(s)
  • 1. Homelessness
    • Poverty and exclusion (security)
    • Exile and dislocation (belonging)
    • Community and disconnection (relating)
    • Post-modernism and displacement (engaging)
    • Ecology and alienation (earthkeeping)
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2. Hospitality (as embodied grace)

    • Philozenia
    • Practical arminianism
    • Creative stewardship
    • Creating safe space
      • Urban sanctuaries
      • Faith exploration
      • Brokering community
mission modes
Mission modes

1. Pastoral – service delivery

2. Priestly – sacramental presence

3. Prophetic – public square

4. Parabolic – intentional community

theological re sources
Theological (re)sources
  • 1. Biblical
    • City in Biblical Perspective (Rogerson/Vincent)
    • First Urban Christian (Meeks)
    • Mandate to Difference (Brueggeman)
    • Liberating Paul (Elliott)
    • Transforming Power (Linthicum)
    • The Word on the Street (Saunders/Campbell)
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2. Theological

- Urban Christianity & Global Order (Davey)

- What Makes a Good City ? (Graham/Lowe)

- The Home we Build Together (Sacks)

- Is God Colour-Blind ? (Reddie)

- Doing Theology in Altab Ali Park (Leech)

- Spirituality in the City (ed Walker)

- Worship in Context (Burns)

- Voices from the Borderland (Shannahan)

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