Tuesday, January 26, 2010

an interesting experiment

Within the span of a few weeks, try this:

- read "The Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resilience" by Rob Hopkins
- see the movie "The Road"
- read the book of Acts (better yet, meet weekly to study it with your community)
- get a whopping car repair bill
- meet with a group of folks from your community to talk about future direction and next steps for your work/career/vocation
- read anything by Wendell Berry

... and see what kind of effect it has on you...


At 10:51 AM, Blogger Brenda said...

well, I want to know what YOUR conclusion was -- are you going to tell us?

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Bryan Moyer Suderman said...

Conclusion? You mean experiments have conclusions...? (GRIN)

Just trying to take next steps in what I hope is "a long obedience in (more or less) the same direction..."

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I did see The Road before Christmas. I hand't read the book before hand (which I've heard is terrifying) but it just didn't mean to make much sense (in that the characters did things that just seemed against better judgement.) While it entertained me and kept me thinking, I'll take Quentin Terentino's latest any day.

I hear car repair bills are cheaper on bikes.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Bryan Moyer Suderman said...

I can't say I enjoyed "The Road" either (actually, I find it hard to imagine that anyone could)... I found (find) it interesting in the context of all this other reading/exploring/reflecting I'm doing about the role of community (and particularly the church) in the midst of the ecological situation that we're in, and moving into...

As these kinds of apocalyptic post-environmental catastrophe/collapse stories are becoming more numerous and mainstream (have you read Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" and "The Year of the Flood"?), I find it fascinating particularly in relationship to the other reading I mentioned ("The Transition Handbook," Berry, Acts)... the possibility of an "alternative community"...

... that knows how to use - and repair - bikes!

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Brandon said...

Bryan, I want to try this experiment! It seems like a good one. Really, anything that creates devotion and humility is good. There just aren't many instructions or "programs" or "curriculum" and that's why I'm so thankful for this instruction.

As for alternative community - YES, yes, yes. We must explore this. As people of faith, as church, as anyone!

I'm still trying to figure out how to have the community we have at camp in the summer without the intensity of work we have in the summer.


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