Archive for November, 2010

Nothing is Wasted: Advent 2010

// November 30th, 2010 // No Comments » // Church in The Cliff, Uncategorized

Community Events

Dec 1 Prayer Party, 7pm

Come down to the Horsey House tomorrow night to recycle prayers from our liturgical history and create new ones together. We are one of 150 book release parties for Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals so 20+ new folks will be joining us from around the metroplex as we explore the book and talk about how and where we pray our lives. 830 Bishop Ave.

Dec 3-4., Emerging Christianity/Non-Dual Thinking Conference

Join a crew from CitC and 500+ other folks for two days of lively conversation about the “emerging” future of Christianity and moving beyond either/or thinking. And Courtney’s first panel speaking gig. Check it out!

Dec 8 Recycling Party, 7pm

Not sure if plastic number 7 is recyclable? Looking for places to return plastic bags? Wonder what to do with lids? Jen Mauldin, certified green architect and lovely human, is hosting a party to answer all questions about the blue bin. Come to learn what’s in and what’s out. (word on the street is you might get the chance to create a Christmas ornament out of recycled materials!) call 214 233-4605 for directions/details. 

Dec 15 Gobs of Cob Party, 7pm

Catalina and Luis host and direct Art of Peace, a home-based learning community for young children in the heart of Oak Cliff. They are designing and building a sustainable classroom in their backyard using a very old method of building with earth. Cob is quite similar to adobe, but instead of creating uniform blocks cob is normally applied by hand in large gobs (or cobs) which can be tossed from one person to another during the building process. Sound fun? Come to share a meal and get intimate with some cob. 432 Marshalldell Ave

Dec 22 CitC Christmas Eve and Electronic Recycling Service 7pm

We know it’s a little early but some peeps are going out of town. Scott and Lisa host our Christmas Eve gathering. Join us for a simple service, meal, and candles. And bring your unwanted electronics– printers, cell phones, whatever you’ve got! We’ll recycle them. Children welcome! 221 S. Edgefield Ave

All throughout Advent you will find our CitC composter in the small garden by west entrance to Kidd Springs Rec Center. Drop off your veggie scraps and coffee grounds and come worship with us! 11:08 am. 711 W. Canty

What does a composter have to do with Advent? This is the season of holy and growing darkness, of darkness that is alive! Advent darkness holds a lot inside, like rich back dirt. The liturgical color, deep blue/black, has a velvety depth and reminds us that dark can be a color of its own. And that God is at work in the dark. And we wait in this season for the Christ Child but also we wait and watch for our own transformation: trusting that nothing in our lives is ever wasted. God can recycle our failures and hold our sadness, grief, and confusion. We are installing our composter into a little enclosed garden by the west entrance to the Kidd Springs Recreation Center.  (No we don’t have official permission, per se, but how much trouble can we get into for donating a composter to a garden?)

Common Prayer Book Release/De (Re) Construction Party

// November 26th, 2010 // 2 Comments » // Church in The Cliff, Uncategorized

Join us this Wed, Dec 1. Please RSVP (details below) so we can get enough free books for folks.

Teri and the Horsey House are hosting a book release/de(re)construction party for Common Prayer: Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, a new resource compiled by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. This party is open to the public and we need everyone to register. Come and meet some new folks and join us for a lively conversation as we talk about where and how we pray our lives. And maybe go home with a free book!

7pm, Wed. Dec 1st The Horsey House Communal Home830 N Bishop Ave Dallas, TX 75208

Emerging from the Baby Cave

// November 26th, 2010 // No Comments » // Church in The Cliff, Uncategorized

Dear friends,

Anne Lamott says that there are basically two kinds of prayers: “Help me, Help me, Help me” and “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.” I feel pretty in touch with both those forms of prayer in this season of my life.

Rosetta Day and I are doing well. Babies are always a mystery- they come bringing wisdom from the Great Silence and yet they also come needing so very much help. Rosetta started crying a whole lot about the time Richie’s went back to work and a couple of weeks ago I was not sure how we were going to get through this newborn phase. But through the wonders of care from Autumn, baby-whisperer and chiropractor at Cafe of Life, Rosetta is able to rest more and cry less and we are all feeling more settled.

Richie is also very supportive of my work (he has all three munchkins out at Whole Foods right now so I can have some computer time) and I know we will settle in on our life/work balance in the coming months. Thank you for the ongoing prayers and food and attention.

And welcome to our other two newest community members, Jacob Kyle Lunn, born to Reagan and Ashley on Sept. 29th and Sunshine Madelyn Stoneham, just born on November 21 to Cara and Carl. Please continue to shower love and affection on these families.

I return to worship this Sunday, November 28, for the start of Advent and launch of our Advent theme, “Nothing is Wasted.” The theme is more of a mantra really, and it comes from an experience that Clint had while sitting in silence during Genny’s Quaker meeting in July. His story gifted me with a new image of God-as a holy composter: One who recycles our weary, worn out bits and converts us into deeper and more potent beings.

So I bought us a Church in the Cliff composter at Lowes. She’s a 60 gallon beauty.

We will install it on Sunday into a little enclosed garden by the west entrance to the Kidd Springs Recreation Center. I am currently working on a liturgy of the composter which will be part of our service. (No we don’t have official permission, per se, but how much trouble can we get into for donating a composter to a garden?)

Ross has procured buckets which we will distribute this Sunday and next for anyone who would like to collect your veggie scraps during Advent and drop it off in the composter on your way to worship.

What does a composter have to do with Advent? This is the season of holy and growing darkness, of darkness that is alive! Advent darkness holds a lot inside, like rich back dirt. The liturgical color, deep blue/black, has a velvety depth and reminds us that dark can be a color of its own. And that God is at work in the dark. And we wait in this season for the Christ Child but also we wait and watch for our own transformation: trusting that nothing in our lives is ever wasted. God can recycle our failures, and hold our sadness, grief, and confusion. Still not sure what a composter has to do with Advent? Won’t it be fun to talk about it and figure it out together? Join us this Sunday and beyond.

Peace of the Season,

Courtney

PS We are reintroducing Community Meals for Advent. The first one is Dec 1. Please RSVP (details below) so we can get enough free books for folks.

Teri and the Horsey House are hosting a book release/de(re)construction party for Common Prayer: Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, a new resource compiled by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. This party is open to the public and we need everyone to register. Come and meet some new folks and join us for a lively conversation as we talk about where and how we pray our lives. And maybe go home with a free book!

7pm, Wed. Dec 1st The Horsey House Communal Home830 N Bishop Ave Dallas, TX 75208