Missional Life

Particularly in this age of what Jean-François Lyotard called “incredulity toward metanarratives,” when master-narratives such as Christianity are perceived as inherently oppressive, to be missional must be to live “in Christ.” The first Quakers knew that to be “in Christ” is to be liberated from the self-centeredness that produces human injustice. […]

Re-wiring for Love

In a previous post, I wrote of “re-wiring” the brain so that the principle of natural selection operating through dominance and destruction is no longer one’s primary motivator or orientation, having been replaced by the primary orientation to love. Continuing to use Theissen’s evolutionary model, I want to consider now how that might be accomplished.…

Three Aspects of Metanarrative

In my introductory post (now the page named “Postmodern Quakerism?”), I spoke of two types or aspects of metanarrative, which I’ll call cultural metanarratives (“a global or totalizing cultural narrative schema which orders and explains knowledge and experience” — John Stephens) and self-metanarratives (“the normally-invisible, intuitive internal structure or orientation that shapes our thinking, feeling,…