Empire & The Neighbourhood


[vimeo http://vimeo.com/39384036]

Walter Brueggemann on the power of neighbourhood and neighbourliness in the face of Empire.

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Andrew Stephens-Rennie
Andrew is a writer, dreamer and organizer with a keen interest in developing leaders in faith, compassion and justice.

He currently serves as the Director of Missional Renewal for the Anglican Diocese of Kootenay on the unceded territories of the Sinixt, Syilx, and Ktunaxa nations. He previously served as the Director of Ministry Innovation at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC.

Andrew is cofounder and contributing editor at www.empireremixed.com, and co-editor of "A Sort of Homecoming: Essays Honoring the Academic and Community Work of Brian Walsh" with Marcia Boniferro and Amanda Jagt.

2 Responses to “Empire & The Neighbourhood”

  1. dancarlson

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for sharing this. I’d never heard of TWOTP before, and their site has a fantastic collection of interviews. That in turn led me to the alter video mag, which also seems thought provoking.

    As an aside to this note of thanks, isn’t it kind of disappointing that his definition of empire is entirely in economic terms?

    Thanks again,

  2. andrew

    Dan – Some amazing video resources by TWOTP/Alter.

    While this particular clip has a great deal to do with economics, Brueggemann has a much broader understanding of the totalising manifestation of imperial power in our society today.

    That said, in a world so dependent upon economic growth, firing a few shots across the bow of the current economic establishment in favour of an economics of neighbourliness – or “home economics,” as Wendell Berry would put it – calls into question much of our dominant worldview.


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