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

    Wednesday, October 08, 2008
    On targeting the affluent whilst leaving the underclass to their fate

    Plenty to chew over in Tim Gorringe's Theology of the Built Environment; Justice, Empowerment, Redemption, and I'm having to chew over it at the moment because in a few day's time I'm leading a conversation on his chapter on Community. Plenty in the above to raise some questions about current vogue assumptions in churchy circles about the nature of community. Some unfortunately influential publications seem to typify the sort of thinking and planning which David Harvey observes: a 'concern for community [which targets] the affluent whilst leaving the underclass to their fate'. Too much detail to go into here, but thankfully Tim's nuanced analysis is a very helpful counterpoise to all that stuff, realistic, challenging and hopeful, eg:

    Cuttings from Tim Gorringe, Theology of the Built Environment
    p.170-1 (top), p.188 (bottom)