Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power
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Ministering Among the Powers: Corporisations, Cities, and the Dynamics of Power

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Christian insights coming out of insights of Walter Wink concerning 'the powers that be' brought to bear on institutional dynamics aided by insights from other disciplines.Structure and notesfor seminar presentation to prime discussion.Slides taken from Prezi. Notes partly in French translation.

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  • Introduction. Keep brief.
    Point out that can't present everything: aiming to outline the approach expecting questions and development in discussion
    Outline: look at what I mean by 'corporisations' and how I see them broadly in NT and against scientific background.
    I want to indicate the kinds of theological frames I think are helpful and productive to think about.
    Then I want to sketch some ways in which that may mean that we deal with them , communicate with them, and approach them as disciples of Christ.
  • An opening exercise to get us going.
    Briefly discuss in twos or threes the question 'Who is this 'I'?
    Thene perhaps share some answers. Noting the difficulty of
    moving from individual to corporate,
    conceiving of the corporate in agentive terms
    Recognising intelligence in terms other than human
  • 'Purposeful' ie they have intentions, goals etc
    'Emergent from human collaboration'
    Ie they are made of us cf cells:bodies.
    Elles sont faites do nous, cellules:corps
    They are held together by human culture, feelings and meanings
    Elles sont maintenues ensemble par la culture humaine, les sentiments et les significations
  • Drawing on the work of Walter Wink (and also, Yoder, Berkhoff, Stringfellow), we can see corporisations in NT. And particularly clearly, in terms of the definition I have just given in Rev.1-3, the letters to the churches.
    In those letters, note the Gk: progression within each 'letter' from addressing a singular entity to addressing the people that make up the church, plural verb forms. The Addressees are simultaneously singular and plural.
    Au debut il s'addresse a l'entite singulier, mais au fin il s'addresse une pluralite, c'est a dire les gens qui se composent l'eglise; les verbes à la deuxième personne du pluriel. Les destinataires sont simultanément singulier et pluriel.
  • Some theological frames / Des trames théologiques
    There is in creation a tendency towards synergy and complexity which produces next-level entities.
    Il y a dans la création une tendance vers une synergie et une complexité qui produit des entités de niveau suivante, plus 'haut'.
    God's purpose for corporisations is to serve human welfare and the gospel. / Le but de Dieu pour corporisations est au service du bien-être humain et de l'Evangile.
    Therefore, we serve the good by working with them. But we recognise they share our fallen nature. So, we must sometimes resist or re-purpose them.
    Par conséquent, nous servons au bien en travaillant avec eux. Mais nous reconnaissons qu'ils partagent notre nature déchue. Donc, il nous faut, parfois les résister ou les diriger encore vers ce qui est bon.
  • Cf. My dog has intelligence and purposes. But he doesn't understand human. I have to learn to speak dog if I want him to behave well.
    Par example, mon chien peut penser. Et il a des buts. Mais il n'entend pas la langue humaine. Il me faut apprendre parler chien pour l'aider se comporter bien.
  • So how can we help corporisations to behave well?
    Donc, comment on peut aider les corporisations se comporter bien?
    What gestures and appeals will they understand?
    Quelles gestes et appels est-ce qu'elles vont entendre?
  • There are three dimensions: the human, the artefactual and the environment.
    Il y en a trois dimensions: l'humaine, l'artefactuelle, et celle de l'environnement.
  • These are the things that I think we need to understand.
    Ce sont les chose que, je crois, on doit entendre.
    The first three are fairly easily understood.
    Les trois premières sont assez faciles à comprendre. Mais il faut expliquer plus la quatrieme.
    But it's important to say a bit more about the fourth.
    The gospel has a preferential option for the poor.
    L'Evangile a une option préférentielle pour les pauvres. Donc, nous comprendrons mieux quand nous regarderons les corporisation du point de vue de ceux qu'elles marginalisent.
    We therefore understand best when we seee corporisations from the point of view of the marginalised.
  • By investigating these things we begin to understand what is important, what motivates, how corporisations make decisions.
    En enquêtant sur ces choses, nous commencons à comprendre ce qui est important aux corporisations, ce qui les motive et comment elles font les choix ou prendent les décisions. Cela nous permet de penser de la façon de les former
    That helps us work out how to train them.
  • Just as animals and plants are formed within an ecosystem, and minds within a culture, so corporisations are part of a cultural ecosystem.
    Tout comme les animaux et les végétaux se sont constitués au sein de l'écosystème, et les esprits au sein d'une culture, donc les corporisations font partie d'un écosystème culturelle. Elles se contituent dans des relations mutuelles et aussi asymetriques.
    They form one another in both mutual and assymetric relationships.
  • The lesson of MLK and others is to see the human beings caught up in unjust systems as human beings and to seek to build up their humanity and to detach them from the wrongness of the system they work for.
    Ce qu'on apprend de MLK (et d'autres) est regarder les etres humains qui sont pris dans les systèmes injustes comme des êtres humains, et à chercher à renforcer leur humanité et de les retirer de l'iniquité du système pour lequelle ils travaillent.
  • These are some examples of how we might communicate with and train corporisations.
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