The Porch Sessions -Video Series

I've just discovered an interesting video series with the lovely title, "The Porch Sessions : Films of Subversive Laughter." 

It comes from the excellent Work of The People Site, whose videos
 have featured several times on this blog.

As I write here on Sunday evening, I'm still waiting to see if the predicted mighty St Jude storm does indeed hit Cornwall.

It's been raining heavily for a couple of hours but no winds have materialised .... yet.
There are a lot of visitors for half term here and many extra "storm trippers" who have made the trip to Cornwall just to view the stormy seas. 

So, just in case we do have power outages, and if I should  lose internet connection this series of videos may prove useful for a while !!

This is the blurb below quoted from the Work of The People site :

"In this series of eleven videos, Biblical theologian and Old Testament Professor, Walter Brueggemann and community developer and author, Peter Block engage in conversation about the broad narrative of faith and community that has immediate implications in our particular neighborhoods and churches.

 Besides the interviewers, the prophet Elisha is the other conversation partner who seeks to show us how empire is to be subverted. This series of videos demonstrate that the ideas of Brueggemann and Block do not come from untested ideology but the richness of the relationship that they share, as lives lived in community.

Brueggemann is Professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ (UCC). He received his Ph.D. from St. Louis University and Th.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York.

Block is the founder of The School for Managing of the Association for Quality and Participation, Deigned Learning, a company that teaches consulting skills, and the consulting firm, Block Petrella Weisbord. He received a master’s degree in industrial administration from Yale University."

I've picked the last video in the series below, to post here, where Brueggemann and Block discuss the voice of the “uncredentialed.”

"This is the voice that emerges from the line of authority to give voice against the power structures. They end the conversation with thoughts on the value of faith and friendship."

It intrigued me because it struck me that Pope Francis wants to hear the voice of the poor, and has also indicated he wants us to develop a deeper theology of women and maybe it would be useful for the Vatican to hear from some "uncredentialled voices," alongside the usual ones. 

The lines towards the end from Block on friendship are really beautiful and truly echo my own sentiments towards the friends I am blessed to have in my life too !!

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