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Month: October 2007 (page 2 of 4)

House Concert with Tracy Howe of the Restoration Village

House Concert with Tracy Howe of the Restoration Village

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Host: Mustard Seed Associates
When? Saturday, November 3, 2007 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where? Shafer-Baillie Mansion 907 14th Ave E Seattle, WA

Contact: mail@msainfo.org

Description:
Come for a concert at the Shafer Baillie Mansion in Capitol Hill to benefit Mustard Seed Associates and the Restoration Village.

Suggested donation: $10

About Tracy Howe and the Restoration Project:

RestorationVillage.com is the home to Tracy Howe, The Restoration Project, and the individuals and communities knit together around them. The Restoration Project is a vision of musical and artistic partnership. It is founded upon the eternal hope of a loving creator and a belief that artists able to express anything about this hope and creator become a vehicle for spiritual and relational restoration.

Tracy Howe, visionary and lead artist of the group, was born in Boulder, CO and now live in a small mountain town called Woodland Park, CO. She was classically trained on the piano from the age of five and began writing music by the time she was 12. Her first two albums were recorded during her college years in a basement studio. Aaron Strumpel, native of rural Iowa and currently residing in Boulder, CO, traveled with Tracy from 2002-2006. Aaron is now an accomplished solo artist and worship leader, and remains an important foundational part of The Restoration Project.

Tracy began traveling full time in 2000. It was not so much her ambition or desire for rock stardom that led her to book her first tour, but a desire to connect with people. Three years and 400 shows later, her vision was refined and she was more focused than ever on bringing hope to broken people through music and relationship. Because of her desire to serve people and communities in the margins, The Restoration Project became a 501 (c ) 3 nonprofit in 2003 and “Restoration Village” was launched as a platform to share the resources and relationships gained through years of partenrship and touring.

The Restoration Project traveled under the radar of industry and pop culture. Without the attention of media the group played on nearly 100 university campuses in 40 different states relying on relationships and new listeners to keep them moving forward. In 2005 the band was selected out of thousands of artists for the national NACA showcase (National Association for Colleges and Activities), the largest college booking showcase in the nation. Touring was focused on college and university campuses, but The Restoration Project has also visited prisons, drug rehab centers, inner city shelters and continues to visit communities throughout Latin America and the world.

International Work
The Restoration Project maintains an active tour schedule in general market venues but in her current season, Tracy has been focused on deepening relationships with a handful of communities in the US and South America, developing and sharing international resources (she speaks and sings in Spanish and Portuguese as well) and exploring alternative and sustainable models of touring and artistry (like HOUSE CONCERTS) that release people into their work, regardless of socio–economic situations or community size. Desiring deeply to help pioneers all over the world in bringing the presence of Jesus to their communities…and nations, Tracy is leading combined efforts to build helping networks in North, Central and South America.

The Other Journal :: An Intersection of Theology and Culture

The Other Journal in their new adventure with Mars Hill Graduate School just launched their new prettyful website.

The Other Journal :: An Intersection of Theology and Culture

And just like every other emerging-postmodern-church related blog and website out there they have a review on Brian McLaren’s new book among other interesting articles.


7 Loving Challenges for Emergent

7 Loving Challenges for Emergent via Mark Van Steenwyk

  1. We should be careful not to draw lines in the sand–even if “they” drew it first.  We should always be VERY careful when we use us versus them language–especially within the Body of Christ. Within the emerging church, I’ve found many folks who, while still technically evangelicals, have decided to use the word “evangelical” as a bad word.  That really is a snotty thing to do.  And I’ve done it lots.  This is like the Vice President who begins to distance himself from the administration after he plans to run for president.
  2. I sometimes wonder if we folks of Emergent enjoy the controversy too much.  Scandal is exciting.  But do there REALLY need to be so many darned blog posts about Christians and yoga? Controversy is what makes Emergent grow.  It sells books.  Where would Emergent be without controversy?  And where would we be if we didn’t love it?
  3. We have too many conferences. And too many of them cost too much money.  More learning happens from road trips and visits with friends, so why all the emphasis on “learning parties” and the like?  I’m not against going to conferences, but it seems like there are too many.  Speaking on behalf of all emerging ministers who can’t afford to travel that much, I say: let’s show some restraint, keep costs down, and figure out better ways of collaboration.
  4. We need to diversify our public voices.  If you DO decide to have a conference, please don’t rely upon the handful of well-known Emergent gurus.  I remember the first time I griped to Tony Jones about the “emergentsia.” He told me that they try to share speaking opportunities with folks and include others in things. I believe he is correct.  I don’t blame him at all for the existence of an emergentsia.  I blame us.  We keep asking the same 6 people to speak at events.  Let’s drop the razzle-dazzle and find some new voices so that our movement doesn’t become inbred or developmentally retarded.
  5. Speaking of diversifying public voices, why don’t we invite liberationists from Guatemala to speak at our next conference? Or Pentecostals from Liberia? Or some of the people involved in the Catholic/Mennonite conversation in Columbia? Or an Eastern Orthodox Priest from Palestine?
  6. We ought to be mature enough by now to avoid the “pendulum swing.” We are no longer pissed-off adolescents.  Pissed off adolescents do things simply to be contrary.  Like becoming democrats because we hate the religious right.  Like getting drunk because we grew up Baptist.  You know what I’m talking about.  Let’s start thinking a bit about why we do what we do.  A religious left is as bad as a religious right.  Being a libertine is as bad as being a Pharisee.
  7. Let’s avoid the trap of the “enlightened bourgeoisie.”  These are the folks who meet at the bar and grill and drop 25 bucks per person on drinks while they talk about issues of justice.  These are the people who only have other bourgeoisie friends but believe that they are on the side of migrant and the working class.  Yes, yes, you can have money and follow Jesus.  But you can’t have money, be disconnected from the “least of these,” and follow Jesus.

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Vocabulary for a New World – Autogestión

Autogestión is a form of workplace decision-making in which the employees themselves agree on choices (for issues like customer care, general production methods, scheduling, division of labour etc.) instead of the traditional authoritative supervisor telling workers what to do, how to do it and where to do it. Examples of such self-management include the Spanish Revolution during the Spanish Civil War, Titoist Yugoslavia, the “recovered factories” movement in Argentina (in Spanish, fábrica recuperada), the LIP factory in France in the 1970s, the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation which is the Basque Country‘s largest corporation, US AK Press, etc.

In Argentina, workers took over control of the firm, commonly after intentional bankruptcy by the management or after a factory occupation to prevent the risk of a lock out. The Spanish verb recuperar means not only “to get back”, “to take back” or “to reclaim” but also “to put back into good condition”. Although initially referring to industrial facilities, the term may be extensive to businesses other than factories (i.e. Hotel Bauen in Buenos Aires).

English-language coverage of this phenomenon employs several different translations of the original Spanish expression besides recovered factory. Commonly attested ones are recuperated factory, reclaimed factory, and worker-run factory. It is also known as “autogestion,” which comes from the French word designing self-management (whether in factories or in popular education systems or anywhere else).

Workers’ self-management is often the decision-making model used in co-operative economic arrangements such as worker cooperatives, workers’ councils, and in participatory economics, and similar arrangements where the workplace operates without a boss.

Critics argue that consulting all employees for every tiny issue is time consuming, inefficient and thus ineffective. However, as seen in real world examples, only large-scale decisions are made by all employees during a council meeting and small decisions are made by those implementing them while coordinating with the rest and following more general agreements.

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