Christmas gifts and letters

Practices take a long time to form, or break and so we are headed on the track of transforming the way we celebrate our savior’s birth.One thing we did this year, an idea I got from a co-worker, was to write each other a letter reflecting on our relationship over the past year…. Those reflections Emily gave to me, helped me to see this past year and our relationship in a way that would have been unavailable to me any other way (for we know that we write things we’d might never say) and so she helped to heal me this year with her written words and stories – the Christmas letter gave birth in me a new world.

on our way back home

It makes it hard to return home each time, because we feel those important relationships becoming thinner and thinner and we wish that they could be different.I remember when we first moved here to LA, that we had those high hopes of keeping in touch with everyone, everyone friend and family member with no exception…. For these reasons, and many more, we hope that we end up in or near ohio in the next few years – to begin a family, let our roots down and live out our theology with a community of Christ followers.

home for christmas

Emily and I are staying in LA for Christmas this year, mainly because we couldn’t purchase tickets for before Christmas due to Emily’s work schedule and the price of tickets going out of LA the night before the sleigh touches down. At first glance this could be a sad occasion, and of course on the one hand it is sad to not be with our families for Christmas eve and Christmas day – after all this may be the most important part of the holiday a part from the very catastrophic event that motivates this celebration.

christmas a couple days early

Emily bought for me Ecto today – a web-blog publishing platform fully equipped to keep me busy working on posts, and glued to the blue screen of my ibook. Currently I am trying to figure out the whole badge process – which typically I would be opposed to, I am not much for advertising, but as it goes for now I find it interesting to see what other bloggers use for tools so a few of mine are below.

Cristes maese and the American Soul

I listened to it today during lunch, I was filled with sorrow and a bit of despair when I realized this Christmas we Americans are singing.All thru’ the day I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.All thru’ the night I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.Now they’re frightened of leaving itEv’ryone’s weaving it,Coming on strong all the time,All thru’ the day I me mine.I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine,I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine.All I can hear I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.Even those tears I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.No-one’s frightened of playing itEv’ryone’s saying it,Flowing more freely than wine,All thru’ the day I me mine.I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine,I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine.All I can hear I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.Even those tears I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.No-one’s frightened of playing itEv’ryone’s saying it,Flowing more freely than wine,All thru’ your life I me mine.–The culture surrounding Christmas has undermined the possible sacrament that it could be…. A teenage virgin mother who faces the fear and scandal of having a child out of wedlock.God places his trust in a Galilean woman (a very lowly position in society) to carry out his mission.It is the powerless and social outcasts who assemble to celebrate the birth of a homeless child.Hope comes through peace not power, prestige, riches or any other expected source of good.Yahweh has his people in mind, he wishes to redeem creation.Christmas also reminds us that we are, as Christians, different from the rest of the world because we believe in a baby to save the world.

thoughts on class

Taking his lead I thought I would do something similar.First I wanted to post the links for their group work, which consisted of ten groups creating wikis (and some groups did podcasts for extra credit) that dealt with an issue in today’s world, a background to the issues, and how Jesus followers (and congregations) might respond to these issues.1…. In this class the students became specialists of their certain fields, able to at least in some degree offer knowledge, resources and possible ideas about how congregations can go about educating and responding to these issues.For me it was a lot of work to keep up on all their individual blogs, group blogs and work on their wikis – but because of their work I felt like I got to see learning in action.

one more moment of tech stuff

Okay – I confess that I’ve been a little distracted by all the tech stuff as of late and sorry for the less thoughtful thoughts instead, about “haloscan” and other strange things…. Technorati: HomeOf course you’re always welcome to watch my del.icio.us page.to see what I am running into as I search for these things.Next up some real thoughts about real issues – stay tuned.