Edward Said suggests that we shoudl see intellectuals as people who 'bring suffering into the light'....Music on the streets of contested cities doesn't just dull the pain or throb from car windows...It paints a picture of city living that subverts simple pictures if we have ears to listen.
Check out Ms Dynamite, Dizzee Rascal, The Enemy, Skinnyman....Go back to The Clash, The Jam, The Specials....Is this town comin' like a ghostown?
Fresh expressions is not the same as dressing up suburban religion in cool urban wear. That's not fresh (or authentic). Freshness is found where people are asking new questions or telling new stories.....The soundscape of urban music maybe offers a new text in a 'post-Bible' century???
Chris Shannahan is a Lecturer in Religion and Theology at the University of Manchester having previously worked as a Research Fellow in Urban Theology at the University of Birmingham. He lives in Birmingham with his wife and children and a dog called scamp. He has been a Methodist Minister and community activist for 15 years and wants to find out what progressive faith means in the city in C21. This BLOG is part of that learning, sharing, challenging, changing process...