A good friend of ours from Canton, Kevan Pedan, recently mailed me his band’s new album. It’s Atlas Songs’ first full-length and it’s called (Wide Array). I am always excited to see what Kevan does with his music because he’s the kind of artist that is continually reinventing his style and always reaching new heights of creativity in the way he goes about making his music. I talked to him about posting some of the music here so I could share it will all of you and he was glad for me to make the music available.
There is great half-hour video of my PhD advisor, Ryan Bolger, where he discusses what emerging churches and missional churches are. During the interview he discusses with Alan Roxburgh of Allelon, and author of the Sky is Falling, some of the major points of similarities, differences, and some possible connecting points of these two movements.
I almost forgot to announce that yesterday marked the beginning of “Turn off your TV Week,” sponsored by adbusters.org. There are a number of ways to participate but the simplest way is to unplug the TV for the week. And why not? We have family and friends that would love the extra time, we have bookshelves full of books to be read, maybe there’s a phone call or letter you’ve been meaning to write, places we’ve been meaning to volunteer at, or that mid-week small group you keep missing. Whatever it is there are many positive activities you can put in place of watching TV this week.
Here’s some interesting links from the past week’s online voyaging.
Chris M is hosting our first Quaker carnival, an event where everyone connected to this community is invited to write about a given topic. The topic this time around is Martin Kelley, the brains behind the the incredible Quaker-Quaker blogging community. These posts are meant to thank Martin for all his hard work and influence he’s had on the Quaker blogosphere. Consider this, as Chris says, a FestSchrift|2.0
In our class on The Emerging Church, we spend a good amount of time talking about what leadership looks like, and what it doesn’t because these questions tend to be pretty pressing for seminary students planning on going into the ministry upon graduation. The missional and emerging churches, along with an assortment of anabaptist, radical catholic groups and Quaker meetings stress a non-hierarchical leadership role.
I am continually challenged to be more frugal with the way I live my life, expend resources, and how my choices affect others (often people I don’t know and will never meet). When we talk about “saving the planet,” being “environmentally friendly,” or “creation care,” it’s easy to see people take sides instantly. I am not quite sure why this is, why would we argue about reasons not to care for the world, and in the process care for other people, or on the other side why would be argue about the specific of how to go about being “green” with people who are already trying to do what they can?
Tumblr.com is a new blogging hybrid that allows for simple posting of various RSS feeds from all over the web. I am using it to aggregate all my comings and goings across the internet so that I can have one master “combo feed.” In other words, all my accounts with RSS dump into tumblr. You can still subscribe to this blog in the regular ways by adding the RSS feed or visiting my subscribe page, where you can sign up for email. But you can also add my combo feed and subscribe to that if you so choose, as if you wanted more ways to see what I am doing…