I have been trying to push myself out of hiding (from theology blogs) for a few weeks now, and writing this post is a way forcing myself out. I thought being ABD would make me more active on blogs, but the opposite has been the case, so I thought I would begin by giving a quick update, and link to a new blog, of which I am a member. First the update: I passed my exams back in February, which is a relief. After that, I had two weeks to write a paper for the Wesleyan Theological Society meeting being held at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) March 4-5. My paper was entitled “Cosmopolitan Homelessness or Eucharistic Sending? For and Against Yoder’s Diaspora Ecclesiology,” and dealt primarily with Yoder’s book, The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited, bringing his work into dialogue with Alexander Schmemann’s work on liturgy. I was a little nervous when Michael Cartwright introduced himself to me before I read my paper, since he co-edited that particular Yoder volume, but the presentation went well and Cartwright was supportive of my project. After some discussion with Steve Long (my dissertation director) and some thought, I actually decided to turn this little project into my dissertation proposal, which I spent the next few weeks reading for, and then writing. I am not going to say much about it here, but I will say that I am looking at liturgy and mission in conversation with Yoder and Schmemann, with special reference to the Jewish roots of liturgy and Jewish roots of Christian mission(s). Though I have been reading Yoder and Schmemann for years, I have a lot of research to do in order to converse in debates about ecclesiology, and especially to discuss missions (not something I have really studied).
I have also joined forces with fellow Marquette students Geoff Holsclaw and David Horstkoetter (they blog here and here, respectively) to write on a blog hosted by The Other Journal, entitled Justice Outside the City. We are hoping to add another author or two in the future, and we also have guest posts planned. I wrote an inaugural post on the title of the blog a while ago (as did David), and it has taken time to pick up steam, but David recently wrote a post about bin Laden and justice, and Geoff has put up a post on “the new universalism,” so we hope to gather some momentum and offer the blog as a regular contributor to reflection about justice, politics, and philosophy from a theological perspective. Please take the time to check it out.