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Anarchism and Christianity Conference

Anarchism and Christianity Conference
Sponsored by Jesus Radicals and the Champaign Catholic Worker

August 4-5, 2006
Illinois Disciples Foundation
610 E. Springfield Avenue
Champaign, Illinois
Anarchists and Christians in America share the tension of living in a kind of limbo. We know that life can at the very least be different, and at best be radically transformed, yet we are also overwhelmed by life in a society steeped in the status quo. If you ever wonder whether it is possible to put your faith and ideas into practice in the belly of the Empire, the answer is, "Yes." Here in this Place: Anarchism and Christianity in our Context will show you examples of people doing just that.

This year’s two-day conference builds on last year's theme of anarchism and Christianity in word and deed, with sessions that provide concrete examples of radical living within the United States. With topics such as Living in Community 101, The Problem of Policing and In Our Backyards: Urban-Rural Environmental Sustainability, speakers will not only share their theological/ideological reasons for the work that they do, they will also share strategies for how they do that work. The aim of the event is to both give a glimpse of anarchism and Christianity in action and spark ideas on practices that may apply to the various situations we find ourselves in.

We welcome you to take a look at our new, exended sessions, learn more about jesus radicals and sign up to attend. We especially look forward to finding hope and learning together in this place.
 
 

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oh no they didn't!

Oh lordy lordy - they're just askin for trouble.
 

no gods no masters

don't anarchy and christianity only have one thing in common? war?
why it seems like only yesterday rioters were pulling nuns' corpses out of church basements and wearing cassoks and albs as they burned barcelonan rectories and executed statues of christ . . . . . .
 

Re: no gods no masters

Yes, rioters have done those things. Is your definition of "anarchist" so broad as to include all forms of rioting? You imply as much in your post. If so, then what use is the term "anarchist" anyway if it can stretch that far?

The conference has a tought job. Both Christians and "anachists" follow theologies (one deist and the other political) that forbid their mixing.
 

Re: Anarchism and Christianity Conference

the "nuns'corpse" and "wearing cassocks and albs" are references to 1909 in barcelona, or what the catholic monarchists called "the tragic week." it was a massive general strike that lasted six days and broke more than a bunch of church and state property - even though that is very cool. the whole affair was largely enfluenced and instigated by anarchists and anarchist trade unions if not actually participated in by large numbers of working class folks who identified as anarchists or had very strong sympathies with them. And as part of the governmental and religious (though i guess in spain in 1909 those two were synonymous) repression that followed anarchist Francisco Ferrer was executed as a leader of the uprising even though he was not a substantial figure in it, merely one of the founders of the Modern School Movement - something apparently threatening enough to Spain to have killed him. The executing statues of christ comes from a quasi-famous picture from the spanish civil war of an anarchist firing squad shooting a stautes of jesus with his arms outstretched and looking down from a rather high-up pedestal.

So yes, as someone who considers theirself an anarchist and speaking only on behalf of myself, i get a small chuckle inside when i hear people lashing out at hierarchies and institutions that indoctrinated them and their ancestors. whether it's rioters hating nazis and cops in Toledo, students and workers hating school and work and cops in France, kids hating capital and cops in Greece or catholics workers (not a reference to the Catholic Worker movement) hating church and work in Spain, i like it. Riots are one of the rare situations where people are given the opportunity to realize a dream, to destroy a shitty oppressive piece of property or attack police - three things a lot of people really would love to do if given the chance.
the only time i wouldn't support a riot is if it wasn't anarchistic, which is to say, if it was instigated or largely made up of nationalists, racists, religious types or any other recuperative force not genuinely interested in challenging the very nature of our current existence. I'm excited by workers hating work, theists hating god, citizens hating government, students hating school, soldiers hating the military, etc.

as for the second part, i don't know if you're familiar with the semantical argument concerning anarchy vs. anarchism, but it's fairly simple. Anarchy is unideological and much more based on an individual's preferences for their own life and the world around them, wile on the other hand anarchism is an ideology with certain view points and principle which should be down away with like all the others. i would hope that folks who identify as anarchists would not consider themselves as having theologues, though i regretably know some that do. this is only one small criticism and annoyance i have with the large anarchist community. i would definately not consider myself as having a theology or idealogy, unless you consider a hatred of hierarchies, idealogies, authority and politics an ideology (okay, so maybe that sounds a whole lot like nihilism) i wouldn't say that i do.

rarely do i actually tell people that i'm an anarchist, but the few times that i've actually come out and said it are to let people know i don't like authority and coercive relationships and that either i'm in agreement and solidarity with them or in conflict and then it's a threat.
 

here's the picture

during the spanish civil war there was large popular hatred of the church, its leadership and its property. churchers, rectories and convents were turned into practical things (if not outright destroyed) such as food distrobution centers and meeting halls.
i heard an anarchist veteran say that when his unit went to convents they told the nuns that god was dead and they could do what they wanted now, and a lot of them end up working in the hospitals.
 

here's the picture

during the spanish civil war there was large popular hatred of the church, its leadership and its property. churchers, rectories and convents were turned into practical things (if not outright destroyed) such as food distrobution centers and meeting halls.
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i heard an anarchist veteran say that when his unit went to convents they told the nuns that god was dead and they could do what they wanted now, and a lot of them end up working in the hospitals.
 

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