|The Chorus of Voices Screaming to be Heard
- Alan Roxburgh
The cacophony of sounds, opinions, experts and polling data is almost overwhelming. I was listening to one national radio’s technology reporter talk about the phenomenon of twitter and tweeting, realizing how it suggested the desire of people to be in communication with one another, to share something of themselves, irrespective of how simple it was, with others.
We are hungry for communication and conversation. We long to have others who would attend to things about our lives. In this unthinkable world with its cacophony of sounds, how do we communicate with others in ways that our voices are heard and we are able to connect with the stories of others?
Recently Jane and I had supper together with a couple who are serving in churches in Vancouver. They were great conversationalists and we look forward to more evenings like that one. Email will help us arrange times and set up connections, but it was the table, the food, the possibility of time to talk and listen well to the other that makes for communication that deepens and changes our lives.
One spoke briefly of research she had done for her doctorate. It involved listening to the conversations of women in the communities where she ministered in the UK. Her interest was in spirituality and spiritual formation. She brought to those interviews with these ordinary, everyday women the reflections of a variety of feminist theologians about women and spirituality. In the interviews, she discovered that while the theologians had been partially correct in their proposals, these women’s stories were telling her much that she would never have known apart from sitting among them and listening to their stories. These women wanted to talk about their experiences and spirituality but had little sense that they had ever been asked or listened to. There is a chorus of voices in our communities and neighborhoods longing to be heard and screaming to be given voice.
Is it possible that these technologies are ways ordinary people are acting like a chorus of voices, screaming to be heard in a confusing and unthinkable world? Read More...