Added YouTube timestamps at top of the thread (and below here). I wouldn’t mind any feedback on this (add/subtract; more/less details, etc.). It takes a little time to put it together, but it is worth the effort, even if only a couple of us review the recording (perhaps only @johnnydavis54 and I!!) .
YouTube Recording timestamps:
0:01 : Participants first thoughts/reactions
17:00 : Geoffrey provides Butler’s biographical and other background information
37:00 : Comments from others on Octavia Butler
48:15 : John compares/connects Butler to recent Erin Manning reading group discussion themes
55:20 : Dona discusses writing style of Parable of the Sower
59:01 : Mary’s Introduction
1:05:52 : Begin discussion of Sower (limited to first few chapters); relevance to current American trends; Butler as “master of extrapolation;” prophetic quality to text
1:10:01 : Katina’s Introduction + discussion of Infinite Conversations/Cosmos Collective and Gebser Reading Group
1:22:58 : Continue discussion of prophecy; “what is prophecy for?”
1:28:56 : Walter Bruggemann’s three qualities to prophetic voice
1:31:41 : Quotes from the text
1:35:47 : Suggestion to supplement video conversation with comments on the Infinite Conversations website.
1:37:36 : Butler’s use of Christian themes. Is Christianity insufficient? What is Butler saying about religion? How did Christianity contribute to Sower’s (and America’s) society?
1:53:30 : The minority groups and Christianity’s failure to support; Jesus’ parables; Christ as a performance artist; “Where are we supposed to go?!”
The timestamps are also listed within the Youtube recording, so you do not have to come back here to reopen the page. just click the “show more” button under the video/Infinite Conversations Icon on the YouTube page: