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Month: July 2007 (page 1 of 4)

Pownce – Invites givewaway

I have 6 giveaway invites to Pownce

What is Pownce?

Pownce is a way to send messages, files, links, and events to your friends. You’ll create a network of the people you know  and then you can share stuff with all of them, just a few of them, or even just one other person really fast.

Let me know if you are interested.

Theological Diversity in a Globalized World. « Godspace

from my friend Christine Sine

Theological Diversity in a Globalized World. « Godspace
I don’t think that we will fully understand who God is until we learn to appreciate how others who are very different from us live out their faith. The question is are we wiling and able to accept the challenge?

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moving on – a rant

Recently in a conversation I express to someone my frustration with some emerging missional types who often quote and oversimplify the phrase- find out what God is doing out there and join him. This is a wonderful concept do not get me wrong. But many times what I hear sounds more like Christians going around with their noses up high smelling for the latest popular activity in town and blessing it with some holy water in order to join the cool and relevant crowd. I’ve been guilty of that myself.

This is when I show my real colors as not emerging enough. I am not ready to fully embrace popular and consumer culture as part of my missional engagement. I understand the concept of contextualization and incarnation, but I understand them as counter-cultural, not in mere pragmatic terms.

My thoughts recently have been taking to desire a direction in which Christians out of Kingdom values dare to create alternatives to our current culture. Not just using popular and consumer culture as a way of engaging, but bringing to existence glimpses of God’s Kingdom, windows of heavens, enclave from the future. If we really believe that another world is possible, then I believe it is time to make it real.

We have so much to learn from many of the new democratic and participatory global groups and movements like the World Social Forum and Encounter of the Zapatista Peoples with the Peoples of the World – which engage in concrete action towards building another world, at any level from the local to the international.

I believe that if we move passed the cult to our popular religious heroes and the power politiks of the new religious cool – we could take the world by surprise with the Kingdom that is within us.

Wooster Collective: Exit The System

Wooster Collective: Exit The System

Seattle – Service of Lamentation at Lora Lake Apartments

The entire community is invited to a Service of Lamentation on Monday, July 23, 4:00 p.m. at the Lora Lake Apartments in Burien. The service will provide an opportunity for sharing of interfaith prayers, hymns, and scripture readings to lament the impending destruction of 162 units of affordable housing by the Port of Seattle and City of Burien. Following the service, some members of the planning group have expressed a desire to participate in a “ceremonial trespass” at the site, designed to bring attention to the destruction of a $30 million housing project while 8,000 King County residents are homeless each night.

Lora Lake ApartmentsAs of press time, 9 members of SHARE, a housing advocacy group run by local homeless citizens, are being detained in King County jail following arrests at the Lora Lake facility this morning. City of Burien and Port of Seattle police turned out in force, with over a dozen squad cars, to evict 12 SHARE members who had taken up residence in a vacant apartment. Police broke down an apartment door and led the homeless men and women to waiting cars and then to the King County jail. Click here to read a brief article about the incident in the Seattle Times and here for an article in the Seattle P-I. We urge community-wide prayers

All religious leaders and community participants are invited to gather at the Lora Lake site (click here for directions) beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Religious leaders are invited to wear liturgical garb and bring a prayer, song, scripture passage, or brief meditation to share. The service will be a solemn service of reflection and contemplation, focusing on the tragic implications of governmental and communal insensitivity to the needs of homeless people in our community.

Church Council director, the Rev. Sandy Brown, noted that, “We are so pleased with the many community leaders — Ron Sims, Greg Nickels, Gov. Gregoire and others — who have stepped forward on behalf of the Lora Lake Apartments. We are devastated that two governmental entities – the Port of Seattle and the City of Burien — are indifferent to the need to house the homeless and are destroying a $30 million community housing resource.” Brown noted that both the Seattle Times and Post-Intelligencer editorial boards have also advocated for preservation of the units.

Please stay tuned to the Action Alert for more information about the “Service of Lamentation.” And please forward this e-mail to people you think might also want to participate.

 


info@thechurchcouncil.org

206-525-1213 4 Nickerson #300, Seattle WA 98109

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