The rWorld is a New England-based non-profit seeking to do exactly what it says on the tin: put relationships at the heart of American life!
Simon Fowler – Executive Director
I’m a Brit living in Somerville, MA. I’m a Christian. Wedded forever to my wife and two girls. I’m not Simon Fowler from Ocean Colour Scene, although I like to sing and I’m learning the guitar. I’m also not Simon Fowler the photographer, although I do take photographs. I am, however, famous to everyone who knows me. Let’s just say I have a varied background that seems to have converged for such a time as this. I’m a ‘relational’ person by nature but not very strategic about it. Maybe that’s a good thing, even though I’m want to encourage you to be strategic!
Dale Kuehne – Chairman
Since I couldn’t make a living playing ice hockey and never won the lottery, I embarked on an educational path that led me to Wheaton College (IL), the University of Minnesota, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and finally I received my PhD in political theory from Georgetown University in 1993. Presently I am a Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH and hold The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics and the Common Good. I am an ordained minister and as near as I can tell I am the only ordained Professor of Politics in the United States. Beginning August 19, 2012, I will serve as the Interim Pastor of the Monadnock Covenant Church in Keene, NH. One area of interest for me is the relationship between Politics, Christianity and Sexuality, and I explore these issues in my book,Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship Beyond an Age of Individualism (Baker Academic, 2009). In the book I ask us to consider the impact post-modern society is having our relationships. I look at the way that Western Culture traditionally answered questions about who we are as people, the boundaries of sexuality, and the importance of relationships in promoting happiness and fulfillment (the traditional world, or ‘tWorld’). I then examine how this has changed with the sexual revolution and the advent of the individualistic ‘iWorld,’ which gives permission to each of us to find happiness and fulfillment in a world with as few boundaries as possible. Finally, I suggest that we will find what we are looking for not in the tWorld or the iWorld, but rather the relational ‘rWorld’, a world where the development of meaningful relationships is essential in helping us find the love and fulfillment for which we all seek.
I am presently writing another book that will serve as the follow-up to Sex and the iWorld. The working title is: Love in the Ruins: Rediscovering a Relational Polity in the 21st Century. When I go speak on the iWorld, may people ask, “what’s the alternative?” This is my response. My hope is that it will be published before the end of 2012.