Is Cultural Appropriation Always Wrong?

A powerful essay on the “co-opting” of minority cultures by Parul Sehgal. This is something I am deeply interested in understanding and observing within “participatory culture,” which often takes part in remixing texts of many kinds. Sehgal’s points are a clear and necessary check on the “fast and loose” nature of those borrowing culture to create culture. CallingContinue reading “Is Cultural Appropriation Always Wrong?”

A Remixed Church: Adaptation, Legos and Renewal (Isaiah 43:18-19)

“Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about toContinue reading “A Remixed Church: Adaptation, Legos and Renewal (Isaiah 43:18-19)”

Sketchnote: What Makes for a Good Remix?

What makes for a good remix? What makes for a bad one? When is a remix not a remix but a cover or a something more “original?” These are questions that come up a lot when I present on themes related to the Convergent Model of Renewal. When I think about how traditions can beContinue reading “Sketchnote: What Makes for a Good Remix?”

The Plush Silence of Heaven (Psalm 82)

This is the message I gave this past Sunday based on Psalm 82. God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the rightContinue reading “The Plush Silence of Heaven (Psalm 82)”

The Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Participatory Church

I love the word participation. It’s stem means “taking part” or to “partner.” The Quaker meeting of which I am the ‘released minister,’ Camas Friends, strives to be a participatory church. A partnering church. A church that welcomes the contributions, leadership, insights, resources, personalities and concerns of those who are in the meeting. As IContinue reading “The Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Participatory Church”

Remixing the Bible

I bumped into this little cover image for the bible a few days ago and it got me thinking what people find acceptable when it comes to redesigning or “remixing” the bible through art. This has been happening for centuries. Sacred text depicted in art-form is nothing new.* This particular image is not ground-breaking inContinue reading “Remixing the Bible”

Quakers, Tradition and the Resurrection Community (Acts 13:13-33)

This is the message I gave a few weeks back at George Fox Chapel. I’ve been meaning to post the manuscript but haven’t had a chance. _Tradition is Dead, Tradition is Alive I think I am an unlikely candidate for Quaker week. I am like the majority of you; I did not grow up aContinue reading “Quakers, Tradition and the Resurrection Community (Acts 13:13-33)”

Remixing Faith in the 21st Century (Barclay Press)

I’ve posted my June essay on Barclay press if you care to have a read (it’s nice and long!). Here’s and excerpt: This past April Radiohead did another thing that sparked imaginations and challenged the preexisting structures of the music industry, yet again. They setup a website and invited people to remix one of theirContinue reading “Remixing Faith in the 21st Century (Barclay Press)”