liberation by M.C. Escher
i have begun to really appreciate liberation theology- for its latin american roots, focus on the poor, and the recovery of lost or marginalized voices. the father of liberation theology, gustavo gutierrez, called for a "teologia desde abajo" (theology from below or underneath) emphasizing that theology should be birthed out of specific contexts where communities of faith are wrestleing with scripture and discovering what it means for them to follow the way of jesus as a specific community, in a specific place at a specific time. this is in contrast to "cookie cutter" theological systems being enforced from the top-down; sometimes irrelevant, sometimes oppressive in themselves.
i believe "teologia desde abajo" is what is happening in this space and on blogs all over town where voices from the streets are in conversation about what it means to follow christ in our current and specific contexts. in many ways this dialogue is far more relevant and engaging than anything you hear from the average pulpit. perhaps this is an invitation to pastors to join the conversation. read more here: "We know more than our pastors" by tim bedner.