Tragedy and transcendence

In looking for art this week, I find myself pulled toward one of my favorites: Jean Michel Basquiat.  Basquiat was a painter in the 1980s whose work was infused with music.  Early in his career, he was in several bands in New York’s new wave/no wave scene.  Many of his paintings revered the giants of the be-bop era.  Like some …

Iran Art Show and Twitter

This week Scott, Kristin and I met with a group of Iranian American women who are human rights activists and survivors of political imprisonment. They are organizing an upcoming art show and speaker series to commemorate the thirty years which have passed since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and to tell the story of human rights abuses in that country, especially the 1988 Iran …

Music as Meditation

Our resident rock star, Paul Semrad, will be leading us this week in a conversation about how music can function as a form of meditation. Paul has been organizing our music team the past several months at CitC and incarnates the search for God in both the sacred and the secular.  His mother was the music director at a local church so he grew …

Social Investment: City Gardens and the Working Poor

Each week I post one entry that relates to our ongoing conversation about how to love the world back to life. One of the joys of pastoring a church such as Church in the Cliff is how engaged this community is in social investment of various forms. We give money, we organize, we volunteer, we help each other, we enter into relationship with the …

Fasting and Failure

So it is 10:35am and I have already broken my planned day long fast. Well, actually I broke it even earlier. Here is what happened: I woke up and had to parent my toddler. We are “potty-learning.” This is intense business. And I found myself less than loving and engaging in multiple power struggles until I realized I was hungry, …

Fox 4

So Scott Shirley and I will be on Fox 4 news tonight at 5:30 talking about how we use social networking in our church. They wanted to see me in action in my regular life, so it was pretty hectic as I was the parent volunteer in our Montessori Coop this morning. And baby Perl had to go to the emergency …

Empty

Probably like most people in America, I have never gone without food for more than a few hours.  I might skip a meal from time to time, but never all my meals. It’s important to note that fasting is by choice.  I chose to go hungry.  For a day.  For many people, this is not a choice and it goes …

Eating as a Spiritual Practice

Centering Summer 2009 Wednesday  1 July ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Center in God Experimenting with Practices that Nourish Scripture Passage – Luke 14:7-24    This summer we are exploring spiritual practices from within our community of faith and our Oak Cliff neighborhood. Join us as we share with each other means for connecting with God in the here and now.   Week 5  Eating  …

Urban Farming

LOVING THE WORLD BACK TO LIFE  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ One of the joys of pastoring a church such as Church in the Cliff is how engaged this community is in social investment of various forms. We give money, we organize, we volunteer, we help each other, we enter into relationship with the poor, locally and globally.   Food is a political issue. I love that as …

Shane Claiborne Also Marked Good Friday

While our DART Stations of the Cross event to mark Good Friday this year was both moving and inspirational, reading Shane Claiborne’s account of his Good Friday is very powerful. Why I Got Arrested on Good Friday, by Shane Claiborne