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Telling a Big Story - "This is My Father's World"

From the latest day of the online conference on Progressive spirituality at the Rockridge Institute site...here is a post in their online discussion from Peter Sawtel that I really like. The general topic of the day is framing, and how it applies to religious and political discussion. Here is what Peter wrote:

"Larger Frames

I absolutely agree that "Framing Faith more broadly in terms of stewardship for all living creatures and ecosystems on earth is necessary."

In my work with Eco-Justice Ministries (www.eco-justice.org), I've found lots of positive response when I point to two contrasting faith frames as defined by children's hymns. "This Is My Father's World" ...starts with a creation-inclusive perspective where all things are in relation to God. "Jesus Loves Me" is inherently personalistic and individualistic.

If a person or congregation generally lives out of a "Jesus Loves Me" frame, then ecological or social justice concerns are always marginal, or even incomprehensible.

The "Jesus Loves Me" churches can be grounded in either grace/nurture or punishment/"stong father" perspectives -- but in either case they see the faith relationship as a personal thing.
The "family" metaphor is powerful, and the "nurturing family" frame certainly opens up the most progressive options. A lot depends, though, on how broadly the "family" is extended -- does the family include other species, or natural systems? Those extensions are not automatically evoked from the family model.

In my Christian faith context, God not only can, but must stretch the social models of family metaphors. That is how we get to inclusive notions of "the creation" as encompassing humans and other-than-human, and of "stewardship" as a form of responsibility for what we don't own.

The size of the frame -- personal or communal, human or cosmic -- has to be considered along with other dynamics of framing."
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