I have jsut discovered Lent and Beyond a blog devoted to “encouraging and providing resources to those who are committed to praying for the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada & the Anglican Communion.” It provides links to some wonderful Advent resources. It includes a link to Teaching Mom’s Advent calendar for 2007 which has another huge list of resources including suggested movies to watch during Advent discussion questions. I would highly recommend both these sites to those of you who want to get an early start on Advent planning.
Someone just gave me the link to this delightful Irish series of videos. It includes the original Oscar-nominated short, from Brown Bag Films based upon the 1960s recordings of young children telling Bible stories in a classroom to their schoolteacher. You may have a little trouble with the accent but the humour carries through in any language. Give Up Yer Aul Sins has screened in almost 50 film festivals, including The Galway Film Fleadh (where it won Best Animation), Cork Film Festival (Best Irish and Best International Animation), Cartoons on Bay (Special Award for Original Idea), NewYork Comedy Festival, Boston Irish Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.
The Great Emergence National Event is coming up in Memphis at the beginning of December. It is timed to coincide with the launching of Phyllis Tickle’s new book The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why.
I will not be able to attend the event but I am thoroughly enjoying the book just as I enjoyed the privilege of meeting Phyllis when she was in Seattle earlier this year. I was fascinated by her thoughts then and was delighted to see how well she expresses them in this new book. Phyllis writes in an easily readable style while sharing weighty and thought provoking concepts. It is her contention that every five hundred years or so the church goes through a major transition, a time of upheaval and turbulence that results in the emergence of new forms of Christianity. As she very aptly expresses it:
every five hundred years, the church cleans out its attic and has a giant rummage sale
The last such upheaval was the Protestant Reformation and Phyllis believes we are currently going through another such transition. I particularly enjoyed her analysis of The Gathering Center and the Many Faces of a Church Emerging in which she helpfully looks at the different forms of church today – liturgical social justice, renewalists and conservatives – and talks about how these expressions are converging in the new an emerging forms of church
The gathering force of the new Christianity… ran upward and poured itself out, like some bursting geyser, in expanding waves of influence and nourishment. Where once the corners had met, now there was a swirling center, its centripetal force racing from quadrant to quadrant in ever-widening circles, picking up ideas and people from each, sweeping them into the center, mixing them there, and then spewing them forth into a new way of being Christian, into a new way of being Church.
I think that this is book is a must read for anyone seeking to understand the cataclysmic changes going on in the church today.
I recently came across this great resource on JR Woodward’s blog Dream Awakener. It is the most comrehensive resource on the missional church that I have come across and I am amazed at the amount of work JR has put into compiling this. From the number of comments I think that others appreciate it just as much as I do and I hope that you will too. Thanks JR for the good work that you have done here.
Mustard Seed Associates has just launched an alternative calendar for 2009. We don’t have to allow the dictates of the global mall and Hallmark’s subversion of the Christian saints run our lives.
Many of us have come to the realization that our daily religious devotion and creativity have been colonized by the big marketing strategists of the Global Mall, emphasizing passive consumption over imagination. Most of our days, weeks and months are marked by the next consumer holiday. In many Christian circles, the year is not mark by the ancient Christian Liturgical Calendar, but by the new one created by Hallmark. We have even unintentionally rejected many religious observances in favor of holidays created for the sole purpose of selling merchandise.
This is a popular conversation topic among those of us who want to intentionally experience a deeper sense of time and meaning in our lives. Because of this, we asked many of our friends to share the ingenious ways they subvert the Money-Making Machine. We are excited to share this project with you, which was and is a collaborative effort of many conspirators through out the world. Read more
Well the posts are all in for Robert Hruzek’s writing project What I learned from Government. There are some very interesting and thoughtful posts here that you might like to read at your leisure.
- What I Learned From the Government About Allergies , by Monique Attinger at BeAllergyWise.com
- What I Learned From Plato’s Republic, by Jean Browman at Cheerful Monk
- Yes, no and sorry – and political leadership, by Jackie Cameron at Jackie Cameron
- No government can save us, by Robert Guyer and David Rupert at Red Letter Believers
- Learning From the Writing on the Wall, by Joanna Young at Confident Writing
- What I Learned From Government, by Ellen Weber at Brain Leaders and Learners
- I Like Politicians Up Close, Not So Much From a Distance, by Jim Hughes at Difficult Seasons
- People in Governments Care; Systems Do Not, by Gregory Allen at The Antijerk
- What I Learned From Government – it’s time to stay engaged, by Marcus Goodyear at Goodword Editing
- Group Writing Project What I Learned From Government, by Tim at Spy Journal
- Freedom? Not Me! By Karin H. at Stop/Start
- What is the High Calling of Government and Government Work? by Sally at Sally’s Words
- Top Twelve Things I Have Learned From Government, by Drew Hill at coffee with Drew
- Top 10 Things I’ve Learned From Government! by Gerrard Fess at Deep Thoughts by Gman
- What I Learned From a Government Deportation Program, by Robyn McMaster at Brain Based Biz
- WILF – Government: The President is Irrelevant, by Luke Gedeon at Luke Gedeon
- What I Learned From Government, by Lillie Ammann at A Writer’s Words, an Editor’s Eye
- Election Reflection, by Tina Howard at spaghettipie
- Grace, Government and Sovereignty, by Mary DeMuth at Mary DeMuth
- What I Learned From Government, by Christine Sine at Godspace
- Thus Teaches the Government, by a sower at A Sower’s Heart
- What I Learned From What Jesus Had to Say About Government, by Erica Hale at These Three Remain
- What I Learned From Government, by Joy Messimer at Life in the Making