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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, September 02, 2002
    Theology beyond resentment
     
    I haven't read much theology for a long time. I think perhaps the last time I did this with a thrill was in the year prior to my going to theological college. Walt Brueggemann brought the OT to life for me like no one else had. Parish ministry equals theology-on-the-hoof, not always a bad thing but sometimes I wish the thrill would return and I'd long for theological reflection again as much as I currently anticipate episodes of Phoenix Nights.

    Maybe James Alison will help. I certainly found Faith Beyond Resentment a stimulating read; today I'm about to begin Raising Abel, which should serve as a good lead-in to the autumn week he is leading at Corrymeela which is the next-thing-I've-got-to-look-forward-to.

    I'm hoping that week will get off to a good start my diocesan 'third-year project' in which I want to research grassroots work on conflict resolution / reconciliation. It begins with a clergy retreat titled 'God, Violence and Ministry' and then goes into 'A non-violent God?' Corrymeela should be a good place to talk through these things. More blogs on this, no doubt, to come.