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Month: January 2008 (page 2 of 3)

Art & Spirituality

In August 2006 a young man entered the sanctuary at the church where I work (Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral) and vandalized various of the liturgical symbols.  I had my camera with me at the time and had the opportunity to take some photos of the aftermath.
Last month a fellow artist contacted me about collaborating in a writing piece regarding art and spirituality and using some of my photos of that event at the church.
The following is a link to the PDF version of the article written by Michelle Draper Lorton published in the Episcopal Voice, the monthly newspaper for the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia in WA.  


Ten Reasons Why I’m Not Voting : :: Jesus Manifesto ::

Good ol’ Mark have yet another insightful post related to politcs, voting and the empire.

This is an issue that I’ve been pondering about from an outsider perspective (in spite the fact that Puerto Ricans are US citizens since the approval by the US Congress of the Jones-Shafroth act in 1917). For the most part representative democracy have proven to perpetuate the power of the elite class. Groups that have oppressed through out the history of this country still suffer oppression no matter which one of the two parties wins the election. Foreign policy still the same no matter if the administration is liberal or conservative, people gets murdered, countries invaded and democracies are demolished no matter if those in power are democrats or conservatives.

Where are the real options?

Alternatives to Spray Paint: Try Mud Stencils!

Alternatives to Spray Paint: Try Mud Stencils!  

Milwaukee-based artist Jesse Graves created a number of mud stencils that he recently put up on sidewalks and the sides of buildings. Below is his “how-to-guide”and a link to his website with more images.


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The Revolution starts at home


The Revolution starts at home is the title for the workshop my family will be facilitating at The New Conspirators conference, or better yet Festival of the Imagination. Our purpose will be to share a bit of how do we embodied the revolutionary and radical teachings of Jesus in our everyday life at home.  More than been talking heads to the participants, we will engage in mutual invitation for collaboration and creative dreaming on how we become practitioners of Kingdom values as a family.One of the situations I find interesting is how detached we can become from been faithful disciples among those we live with.  As a former missionary and someone who’ve worked with churches and other religious hobby-horses I’ve encounter that in spite of our outward expression of spirituality and piety we can be violent and oppressive in our homes.Because this topic is so broad, we are having bit of difficulty prioritizing out topics for conversation and discussion. Some of them are:

  • Undermining oppression at home (Sexism, racism, patriarchy)
  • Decoding cultural message at home (the power of media, myth of the perfect wife and perfect husband)
  • Living simply with kids
  • Family as part of intentional communities
  • Beyond the nuclear family
  • unschooling (not only the kids, but the whole family)
  • Green living as a family
  • Sustainable faith
  • Home education revisited
  • Anti-authoritarian home

This list can go on forever. We would like to know if you have any suggestions, ideas, thoughts, questions et cetera.  

Three Wise Men

Today we are getting for our beloved celebration of Los Tres Santos Reyes Magos (Three Wise Men).
The Rosario-Kilmer family will prepared a traditional Puerto Rican Christmas meal – arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) and perníl asado (roasted pork shoulder).
 Los Tres Reyes are the main bearers of Christmas gifts for most latin americans. That is taking in consideration that while Christmas is over in the USA, most of us latinos still partying and enjoying the celebration on the Incarnation.  
In the afternoon my kids will participate in a tradition which I always loved and brought magic to my Christmas’ celebrations. With shoe boxes in hand we will go out to the yard to pick up grass for the camels which come with the Reyes Magos tonight. The boxes full of grass will be left under my kids bed for the Reyes to take to the camels which have been traveling from a very long distance and by now must be hungry.
In the morning, my kids will look under their bed and will see that the grass is all gone, but their will be something special under their beds instead, los regalos-the gifts!

In SpainMexicoCubaPuerto Rico and some other Latin American countries Epiphany day is called El Día de los Reyes (The Day of the Kings), i.e., the day when a group of Kings or Magi, as related in the second chapter of the gospel of Matthew, arrived to worship and bring three gifts to the baby Jesus after following a star in the heavens. This day is sometimes known as the Día de los Tres Reyes Magos (The day of the Three Royal Magi) or La Pascua de los Negros (Holy Day of the Blackmen) in Chile, although the latter is rarely heard. In Spanish tradition, on the day of January 6th, three of the Kings: Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthazar, representing Europe, Arabia, and Africa, arrived on horse, camel and elephant, bringing respectively gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus.In Spain, Argentina, and Uruguay, children (and many adults) polish and leave their shoes ready for the Kings’ presents before they go to bed on the 5th of January. Sweet wine, nibbles, fruit and milk are left for the Kings and their camels. In Mexico, it is traditional for children to leave their shoes on the eve of January 6 by the family nativity scene or by their beds. Also a letter with toy requests is left and sometimes the shoes are filled with hay for the camels, so that the Kings will be generous with their gifts. In Puerto Rico, it is traditional for children to fill a box with grass or hay and put it underneath their bed, for the same reasons. In some parts of northern Mexico the shoes are left under the Christmas tree with a letter to the Three Kings. This is analogous to children leaving mince pies or cookies and milk out for Father Christmas in Western Europe.


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