Section of my e-mail to Anthony Dancer, Associate Vicar & Missioner, Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson (NZ) who introduced me to "Word & World" last week. Some of you may have noticed a great little "comment" by "Ant" on my post of Nov. 20th 2004 ("Brian Walsh - Subversive Christianity")...I won't go into all the resulting detail (small world etc.) suffice to say that Ant has a trememdous interest in one of my hero's William Stringfellow, having written his PhD on Stringfellow and also edited a book on Stringfellow's theology to be published, hopefully, early next year - " William Stringfellow: Theology in A-A Perspective."
If, like me, you have a real interest in William Stringfellow, note your diaries to purchase a copy of this book in March/April 2005.
"...I’ve read through the Word & World website…including Bill Wylie-Kellermann's “Introducing Word & World” and Ched Myers “Word & World: A People’s School” (which I think I’d already read via his website - a quote which I love from Myers' essay (scroll down from the Wylie-Kellermann essay) is excerpted below). It all sounds great and I’d certainly be interested, suspecting as I do, along with Wylie-Kellermann, “that in [your idea of an underground seminary] the Spirit is ahead of the historical curve.”
I must say though that I still regard myself as “entry level” i.e. not already “actively” [see "Admissions & Scholarships" on the Word & World website] involved in the work of “service, advocacy, or organising for social change.” Most ‘work’ I’ve done has been in the context of preaching / teaching within church contexts – Anglican (as a lay officiant) and Independent. Still fundamentally a pew-sitter, but with an increasing sense of needing to be active ‘in the world’ for the sake of my own growth and orthopraxy, as much as anything else. Stringfellow, Berrigan, Myers, Merton, Dave Andrews, [Kenneth Leech] etc. have wonderfully shown me that there are other ways, more radical, life-giving ways of living the Jesus-following life, than simply showing up at a church building for a couple of hours Sunday-by-Sunday.
I guess my passions are around [Theological education (particularly @ a so-called "lay" or congregational level], Biblical literacy / interpretation & hermeneutics (becoming “radically biblical and biblically radical”), Christian Spirituality and Spiritual formation, Alternative community, social and cultural analysis, and cultural engagement including how we communicate and embody “good news” as an alternative or subversion of the supposedly “good news” that mass media, politics, economics etc. ‘feed’ to us as truth. These are the main ‘streams’ that converge in my reading, blogging etc. William Stringfellow has be an extremely important part of this mix, and no doubt he will continue to be as I grapple with both his body of work, and secondary sources such as yours, Bill’s, Walter Wink’s, Charles Campbell’s, Marva Dawn etc..."