Thursday, December 18, 2008

U2 academic conference: New York and me



My paper proposal – Sampling and reframing: the evolving live concert performances of “Bullet the blue sky” – for the U2 Academic conference has been accepted. My plan is to use work by Walter Brueggemann and the metaphor of DJing (as developed in my Out of Bounds Church? book). With near 100 applications, I wasn’t holding my breath, but New York, May 13-15, 2009, here I come.

It was a cold and wet December day
When we touched the ground at JFK
New York, like a Christmas tree
Tonight this city belongs to me
Lyrics from Angel of Harlem, by U2

PS. Given the state of the New Zealand dollar, international airline tickets are a bit steep, so if there was anyone in New York or nearby, or on a stopover like Los Angeles, Chicago or San Francisco, wanting to pay for some (international!) input either side of May 13-15 on topics like: emerging church beyond US, missional church in established church settings, the Bible in contemporary cultures, creativity in mission and worship, theologies of popular culture. I could also do a paper preview! and explore the implications of U2 for mission and worship!

I can wear a variety of hats – academic PhD, or writer, or senior pastor, or emerging church planter – whatever – then drop me a line steve at emergentkiwi dot co dot nz.

Posted by steve at 03:20 PM


  1. Okay, now I am jealous! 🙂 Congratulations!!!

    Comment by Mark — December 19, 2008 @ 12:18 am

  2. Steve, I’ll look forward to meeting you in person there. I’m giving a paper, and in fact it also happens to focus on U2’s live work.

    Comment by Beth — December 19, 2008 @ 5:12 am

  3. Awesome news
    I so loved NY. If you need accomodation on Upper East Side Manhatten I can recommend a very comfy fold out couch.

    Comment by Jo Wall — December 19, 2008 @ 8:56 am

  4. Brilliant!

    Comment by jane — December 19, 2008 @ 10:24 am

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