The major purpose of the Pathways Project is to illustrate and explain the fundamental similarities and correspondences between humankind’s oldest and newest thought-technologies: oral tradition and the Internet.
Despite superficial differences, both technologies are radically alike in depending not on static products but rather on continuous processes, not on “What?” but on “How do I get there?” In contrast to the fixed spatial organization of the page and book, the technologies of oral tradition and the Internet mime the way we think by processing along pathways within a network. In both media it’s pathways – not things – that matter.
At Ecclesia and Ethics Online Conference: “Taking Luke’s Gospel to Heart: Creating a community of mercy and compassion” on Saturday May 18th @ 11:00pm-11:50pm GMT (6pm EST, 5pm CST, 3pm PST).
The process of memorization and performance of the text such as Luke’s Gospel is transformative for a community of storytellers. Embodying Jesus’ stories of compassion and mercy in liturgical performance offers a concrete reference point for these abstract virtues; we see what mercy looks like in action. We increase our repertoire of responses to life’s challenges by knowing the patterns of response that Jesus offers us through Luke’s account. Storytelling establishes a place where caring, mutuality, and ethical attentiveness take place, forming us into the people of God. In a circle of diverse storytellers and story hearers, we can begin to uncover together the elements of our stories that invite suspicion and struggle, as well as the elements that offer new ethical and spiritual directions for our lives. Character is formed when our community lives into Luke’s Gospel and its call to live lives of mercy, hope, and active compassion.
A sample of Ruge-Jones performing a biblical text is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3pNg-nwkVo