Thursday, July 15, 2004

whale rider, the bible and mission

Today I am travel to Auckland for 4 days. I am speaking at a theological conference. I am using a scene from Whale Rider as my main “text,” and focusing on theology as re-weaving the broken ropes.


I am weaving in 2 texts: Emmaus Road (Luke 24) and Abraham’s visit by “strangers” (Genesis 18). I am asking 3 questions: who are our strangers? what is our table? what does hospitality mean? Full abstract is here.

I have really enjoyed preparing, I trust the participants enjoy it equally!!

UPDATE: This went well; despite some technological hiccups, and managing to naively hit some trip wires around the whole gay and lesbian debate. (Duh. Me and my big talking mouth.) People loved the creativity and freshness. Best of all, I learnt some things in conversation afterward, and so the learning goes. It was a huge buzz to have Paul drop by. Thanks mate.

Posted by steve at 06:28 AM


  1. I can only speak for myself, and I can be sure that I will…looking forward to hearing you and catching up…

    Comment by Paul Fromont — July 15, 2004 @ 8:33 am

  2. sigh…
    missing you already

    Comment by Lynne — July 15, 2004 @ 12:49 pm

  3. great stuff steve – the weaving thing works real well where we are too…

    where tradition has imploded from below
    fast-acting addictive-prone alternatives increasingly present themselves… as remedies from above
    in a sense the AA in its early days – stumbled on to a third way… weaving over time… strands of story, proverb, lives… in the past and in the present..

    theologising has gone thru a similar path –
    implosion from below.. to…
    magical/mech- fast acting remedies from above…to…
    integrative – weaving … of moving fragments and strands we find around us…

    Comment by paul T — July 16, 2004 @ 8:10 am

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