Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bread & Oranges magazine

You can view the pilot issue online now. It's a morsel to let you see just some of the sorts of things you'll find inside Bread & Oranges.

A one year subscription includes two print issues and an art surprise mailed right to your door.

Print! Snail mail! Art and Creativity you can hold! It's retro! And can be yours. $27 per year. Sign up online via pay pall. Or send checks made out to Join the Living to:

Bread & Oranges magazine
c/0 Join the Living
P.O. Box 42766
Tucson, AZ 85733

Thursday, June 19, 2008

3 life-giving morsels for you

Well, just to keep things interesting, here are three things that I ran across recently that are bringing more life to the world. May they inspire you.

As for Join the Living updates, the first issue of Bread and Oranges is coming together. There is still time to submit and now is always a good time to get a subscription. Also, locally, we are meeting regularly with some folks to discuss and discern forming an intentional community together.

Now, on to those life-giving morsels as promised...

First, a documentary that we saw recently: Young at Heart. It is about a chorus of seniors in their 70s—90s who sing rock songs. Makes you think about life and death, what it means to our souls to keep on singing, and how humans can bless one another just by doing something that makes us come alive. It's wonderful. Here's a "Staying Alive/ I will Survive Montage."

Second, Girl Effect, is a group that is hooking girl power up to the social change machine and pressing, "Go!"

And third, here's another creative, social change machine. The pedal-powered Bloom device from the lovely minds at Society Creative llc.

"The Bloom device is meant to be a subversive and inspirational tool for our concrete jungles. Similar to the tuft of a dandelion as the wind carries the seedling, we propose a way of dispersing seedlings with bubbles and bicycling. Seeds are co-mingled with a bubble mixture and upon pedaling to your destination , you release the floating seeds which land in cracks and crevices throughout the city streets. Over time, the seeds grow into flowers and plants to create a green "fringe" to our sidewalks and streets."

Monday, June 2, 2008

June 7 Learning Party

Saturday is another chance to hear about our research and insights into the ways church is transforming today. Some call it the emerging church. Though it's bigger than that. Some call it alternative worship. That's a part, but just the beginning. We'll help you understand and cut through the buzz words.

We traveled 5,000 miles and conducted dozens of interviews in the fall. We talked to church leaders, folks who fled for the hills out of churches, and still others who were limping around in the hills trying to find others to build something new. We talked to vegans and artists. Professors and spiritual entrepreneurs.

We noticed some trends. We learned a lot. And now we are back in Tucson living into some spiritual experiments.

Saturday, June 7, is a chance to encounter some of the communities we studied via photos and stories. We've got video and interactive stations to give you a glimpse of the creative spirit that is a foot.

Come join us Saturday.
4 to 6 pm,
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church:
545 S. 5th Ave., Tucson

See you there!