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Alignment before Empowerment: A Golden Rule!

Our Living System Ministry Associate, Rema Cheng, is entering graduate school this fall to gain a master’s degree in social work. One systems thinking concept that I hope she will learn to apply is “alignment before empowerment.”

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What can grapevines and ba-a-a-ing sheep teach me about Living System Ministry?

Picture with me Jesus and his disciples walking through a vineyard, picking some of the ripe grapes. Let’s join them and listen as He speaks:

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"Come on – play in tune with the rest of the orchestra!"

Imagine for a moment that you are right down in front on the lawn in front of the Hatch Shell at the Boston Pops’ Fourth of July concert on the Charles River Esplanade. You were there with the early go-getters, charging in with your gang at 9 am as the gates were finally opened, throwing down your blanket and staking out your territory right in front – a perfect spot! And all day, as you hung out enjoying the beautiful summer day, you have been anticipating the evening concert.

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“Are you saying there is no one magic bullet?”

Doug and I were on vacation in Arizona in July a few years ago. Right there, our sanity should have been examined. Arizona in July! 106 in the shade! We made out okay the first week because we had a nice air-conditioned timeshare in Phoenix. But for the 2nd week we had planned to go camping! We had all our gear in a duffle bag, ready to set up camp – in the hot sun!

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"Watch out! That thing is alive!"

Sometimes, to escape the commercials on CNN, Doug and I watch the History Channel. Have you seen the show about the Louisiana bayou boatmen who go out looking for alligators? They will pull up near the shore next to what looks like two bumps of wood in the water. As they get close, the “bumps” dissolve as the gator rises up and thrashes around in the water. “Watch out – that thing’s alive!” they yell before they shoot the reptile and haul its massive body into their boat.

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What's Your Understanding of Order?

How we understand order is critical to everything -- from how our church operates to how our ecology operates. I believe we have two different understandings of what “order” is all about, which can be encapsulated in the following two questions:

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The Importance of Redemption in a Technological Culture

We can do simplistic things that are infectious to the living system order of creation. What happens when we find ourselves creating an infection? Well, since every living system has some form of immune system to preserve its life in a fallen world, we can expect our infectious activity to be attacked!

     
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