Liberation, Lament, Greek Geekery, Sermonizing, and Seminarian Angst.
Frustrations and Victories. Retrospectives on Blessings and Tribulations. General Nerdiness. Occasional Rants.
And promise…more than just lists like the above.
I started this Blog on my “downward slide” in seminary. With a planned Graduation Date of May 2017, I’m closer to finishing than starting at this point. This is something I had always thought about doing and I realized that if I didn’t just do it, I never would.
Who am I? My name is Paul Schneider. I’m a Father and Husband. I’m a Christian, denominationally an American Baptist. I’m a Seminary student, and occasional preacher. I’m an even more occasional fiction writer. I am a gamer who loves role-playing games, video games and board games. I enjoy reading speculative fiction of all kinds and in any format, but especially as comics, novels, and short stories. I live in Oakland, California, and go to school at the American Baptist Seminary of the West. I sell tape for a living by day. By night I roam the streets fighting crime dressed like a squirrel… wait, no, usually I am reading theology, sociology, and writing papers on them. On good days (and nights) I manage to do all of this and get some sleep. On bad days I think of sleep fondly and zombie my way to the coffee pot.
I am working through Liberation Theology from the context of the privileged, and Practical Theology from the context of the lay person turned academic. I struggle with finding a path toward a theology of decentering whiteness without impersonalizing the theology. An impersonal theology is almost always a theology of oppression. This blog is meant to force me to clarify my thoughts about that, to act as a sounding board and starting point for conversation – because theology without conversation is not theology at all. #talcabsw. #abswtheology.
I’m working on the lament as a lost art form. I’m not very good at it, yet, as I spent far too long building a positive mental outlook as my default setting. I believe that there are things worth lamenting, but I also believe that in faith and action we can move toward a world where those things won’t happen again, or are made right.
I love reading things for myself – more on that another time – and so I took a year of Greek in seminary. I’m a bit out of practice, but you might see me wrestling with some of it as I work on sermons or papers here and there. You may also read of my journey in seminary – the good, the bad and the ugly.
You can follow my crime fighting exploits… wait, no, my thoughts on the things I come across in social justice, theology, comics, role-playing, laments and hope on my twitter: @logon_paulos. Or here.