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Walt Brueggemann, Imagined Prophet of the Human Imagination

2 June 2010

(Sigh..)  More news from DSO. 

Children’s Program
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

This year the children’s program revolves around The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss. Children’s program leaders help children understand their responsibility with power and truth as it relates to people and the earth, using games and crafts based on the wisdom of Dr. Seuss. Books include “Yertle the Turtle,” “The Sneeches,” “The Lorax,” and “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” The setting is the beautiful Kenyon College campus. Overnight accommodations, meals and children’s programs are all FREE for children 12 and under when they accompany parents or guardians at OECAK (visit www.episcopalcelebration.diosohio.org for details). Each day, in addition to the children’s program, families are given opportunities to share time and creative activities. After all, Dr. Seuss also said, “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” Be part of the adventure!

Youth Program
YES!!! Youth between the ages of 13 to 18! Come and join us as we ‘Speak the Truth in Love.’ Activities include swimming, movie night, games, chillin’, food (lots of it), talkin’, and, if nothing else, a chance to get out of town and get into the country! Hiking and biking are possibilities; friendships are probabilities; and fun and relaxation are guarantees!

This sounds pretty tame by DSO standards.  Mind you, it’s nothing I’d send my own kid to, but tame.  But wait – what’s this.  When we click on the link there is so much more to learn about the conference this year. 

Keynote speaker for the 2010 Ohio Episcopal Celebration at Kenyon (OECAK) is Walter Brueggemann, McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and author of over seventy books. Dr. Brueggemann has become increasingly interested in the concrete practice of the Bible in the faith and life of the church, with questions of public justice. The conference theme is “Great Moments in the History of Power.”

Ah yes, Walt Brueggemann.  The preferred speaker for our decrepid diocese these days.  It’s as if they were trying to slip that one past the goalie.  😉

Here is Walt ‘prophesizing’ (sic) on the lack of certitude in the Bible, leaving of course a surprising amount of certitude for his own pearls of wisdom (naturally):

Note:  This video is posted on the DSO-sponsored website as well. 

Here is a partial transcript. 

“The Bible is an act of faithful imagination;  it is not a package of certitudes   It is an act of imagination  that invites our faithful imagination that makes it possible to live faithfully.  The Bible is an act of imagination that is rooted in memory;  but that presses always toward new possibility that is still in front of us.”  – Walt Brueggemann

And here is Walt’s purported act of faithful imagination, commenting on the Creator / Creature Distinction:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
– Isaiah 55:8-9

Oh dear.  It would seem that the Bible reserves a high degree of certitude for itself.  Or am I imagining that? 

Or am I imagining Walt certifying the lack of certitude in the Bible??


– Elder

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