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Look Mom, I got to interview Dr. Cornel West!

Iconocast Episode 15: Cornel West

In this episode, co-hosts Eliacin and Mark speak with one of America’s most celebrated and controversial public intellectuals: Dr. Cornel West.Dr. West is an African American philosopher, author, critic, actor, and civil rights activist. West currently serves as the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, where he teaches in the Center for African American Studies and in the department of Religion. He is the author of a number of books including: Prophesy Deliverance! An Africo-American Revolutionary Christianity, Race Matters, The Future of Race, Democracy Matters, and Hope on a Tightrope.

In the interview, we talk to Dr. West about being disinvited as a keynote to the CCDA conference, his relationship with Barack Obama, the rarity of social movements, the power of love, the difference between charity and justice, and much, much more.

Special thanks to Jarrod McKenna…who stayed up all night in Perth, Australia to be a part of this interview but (due to upsetting technical difficulties with Skype) was unable to participate (listen to the end of the podcast–at around 56:45) to find out more…

Listen here

Postcolonialism and the Missional Future of the Church: 2010 Emergent Village Theological Conversation

Announcing The 2010 Emergent Village Theological Conversation Postcolonialism and the Missional Future of the Church November 1-3, 2010 Atlanta, GA First Presbyterian Church

The 2010 Emergent Village Theological Conversation will feature a global panel of theologians- Musa Dube of Botswana, Richard Twiss of the Lakota Sioux tribe, and Colin Greene of the UK.  Engaging issues ranging from mission to postcolonialism to the AIDS epidemic, the Conversation is sure to be as rich as it is lively.  Our panel of theologians will share stories and parables from their traditions, discuss their latest theological research, and challenge the Western American Church to engage and welcome voices from the margins.

Don’t miss this opportunity to become more familiar with theologians doing remarkable work in their respective (and distinct!) contexts. We are certain it will be a landmark year in what has become Emergent Village’s signature event.

Featuring the following speakers:

Musa Dube Musa Dube

Musa Dube, Professor of New Testament at the University of Botswana and author of “A Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the Bible.”

Richard Twiss Richard Twiss

Richard Twiss is a member of the Rosebud Lakota/Sioux Tribe and the author of “One Church, Many Tribes.” He is the President of Wiconi International.

Colin Greene Colin Greene

Colin Greene is the Head of Theology and Mission Development for SGMLifewords in the UK. He is the author of “Metavista: Bible, Church and Mission in an Age of Imagination.”

Don’t miss it!

Register Online.

Help Church of the Beloved (Edmonds, WA) Purchase Rosweood Manor

The following comes from our friend Ryan Marsh, Pastor of Church of the Beloved in Edmonds WA.

Church of the Beloved has finally found a home and hub for this adventurous mission that God has been leading us into… where? Rosewood Manor! A 105 year old historic landmark in Edmonds. After only renting for less than a year, Rosewood was forced into a short sale, giving us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase this amazing place of outreach and hospitality. Already we’ve hosted concerts, classes, workshops, meals, films and a community garden, along with our weekly worship and service to the neighborhood. And, as part of our ministry, the rent from the intentional Christian Community that resides in and care-takes for the Manor means that, with the mortgage covered each month, all of our community’s offerings go directly in the work of the mission rather than the building! Talk about sustainable!

Currently we have raised over $17k! Now we only need to raise another $18k for the down payment, BUT we only have 20 more days to do it! Will you mindfully consider helping us meet this goal and sharing this dream by clicking the link below and donating through PayPal? Every size of gift will help us big time!

Donate here.

19th Annual MSA Celtic Prayer Retreat – August 13 to 15, 2010

19th Annual MSA Celtic Prayer Retreat

Camano Island

August 13 – 15, 2010

Building Community

Restore the Rhythm * Rebuild the Soul * Renew the Call

Join us on Camano Island for this landmark retreat.  We will set aside the busy clutter in our lives and create a quiet space for prayer and renewal as we worship God in a beautiful outdoor cathedral surrounded by maple and cedar trees. Following the Celtic Christian tradition, this retreat will incorporate the rhythms of work and rest, community and solitude, prayer and biblical study.

This year’s theme is “Building Community.” and it is our hope that not only will we build community as we worship and pray together, but also as we join in the exciting task of constructing our first permanent structure on the land – a landmark event, a first step towards the development of a permanent community on the property.

Saturday we will meditate on Scripture and listen for the movement of the Spirit on forested prayer trails and in the wood-rimmed labyrinth. We will work together, worship and eat together as we enjoy a potluck lunch and BBQ dinner, and fellowship around the fire pit.  Those that camp with us for the weekend will participate in morning and evening prayers and enjoy extended opportunities for fellowship and meditation. Truly, this will be a spiritual retreat to restore rhythm in our lives, rebuild our souls and renew our call to go out into the world.

Ryan Marsh and Tara Ward from Church of the Beloved belovedschurch.org will lead us in worship, and serve the Eucharist. Christine Sine will direct the liturgical program and meditation times.  There will also be a separate children’s program for kids 5 to 10 years old during some of the morning and afternoon sessions, but we will all preparing the altar and take communion together. Apart from stinging nettles, the land is a very safe environment for kids.

Note: Registration fees do not cover the full cost of this event. If these fees are beyond your budget please contact us.  We do have some partial scholarships available.

If you would like to sponsor another attendee or make an additional contribution, email us at mail@msainfo.org


Register Online

Friday, Aug. 13 Program (optional):

afternoon : Set up your tent and join us in working to erect our first small structure on the land (light manual labor)
dinner : bring your own food
evening : Compline: Evening Prayers

Saturday, Aug. 14 Program:
8:30 am Morning Prayers (for those staying Friday night)
9:30 am : Registration and Gathering
10:00 am : Preparing the Altar
10:30 am : Lectio Divina
12:30 pm : Potluck Lunch (bring something to share)

1:30 pm : Walk the prayer trails, meditate in the labyrinth or help us build
4:00 pm | Eucharist Service and sharing time
6:00 pm | BBQ Dinner: The Great Shared Feast (bring something to grill)

Sunday, Aug. 16 Program (optional):

breakfast: bring your own food
morning: Morning Prayers, time for silent meditation or walking the prayer trails

12:00 am – pack up and clean up the land


What to bring for Saturday:
1. Bible and journal
2. Camp chair or blanket for worship times
3. Shoes for hiking
4. Recycleable or reusable eating utensils
5. Dessert, salad or pasta dish for the potluck lunch
6. Something to grill for dinner
7. Extra water
8. Rain jacket, just in case

9. Work gloves

If you come for the whole weekend, keep in mind that the land is completely undeveloped. Bring:
1. Tent
2. Sleeping bag
3. Plenty of water
4. Food for Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday mornings
5. There is a port-a-potty on the land

Start praying now for good weather!

Slim Pickens

Slim Pickens – Pike’s Place Market, Seattle – Eliacín Rosari0-Cruz 2007©

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