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Blogging the New Conspirators, part 5
February 29, 2008, 10:43 pm
Filed under: conference, Seattle, social action

Wow, I’m tired.  Loooong day.  We were rocking by 8:30am, and I just got home at about 10pm.  There was a little down time in mid-day, but not much.

People were encouraged to get out and walk the streets of the Seattle this afternoon, specifically in four neighborhoods: Fremont, Rainier Valley, Greenwood, and Lake City.  I’ll confess – I didn’t follow the rules.  For one thing, I didn’t go with the official groups, but my crew from the Purple Door and I drove through Rainier Valley and Columbia City – we drove, not walked . . . it was raining, and we had some other stuff that we needed to get done, in preparation for tomorrow’s concert.

This evening, Shane Claiborne gave his keynote.  Good stuff.  This was the first time I’ve seen him live.  Pretty much like what he writes, and the podcasts I’ve heard of him.  It was good to hear some of the updates on his community in Philly, after the big fire that burned through their neighborhood last year.  A lot of good things are happening there.

At one point, during a Q & A time, a young man stood up and said, “I’m a Palestinian Muslim, but I follow what you talk about and do, because it’s compelling.  It doesn’t matter to me that we follow different paths.”  Pretty cool moment – I appreciate the courage of this guy to sort of “out” himself in a room full of Christians, and it obviously spoke deeply to the compelling nature of the way of Jesus, when it’s taken seriously.  For those unfamiliar with him, Shane Claiborne does not soft-pedal his faith.  He speaks quite boldly about Jesus, and where all of his social justice and activism comes from.

Off to bed now, before I get up and go for it again tomorrow.

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Blogging the New Conspirators, part 4
February 29, 2008, 10:22 pm
Filed under: conference

“We cannot fully recover until we help the society that made us sick recover.”

~painted on the wall of the New Jerusalem community in Philadelphia, as reported by Shane Claiborne



Blogging the New Conspirators, part 3
February 29, 2008, 1:36 pm
Filed under: conference, Global South

Just finished lunch. Attended a workshop on some missional movements going on in Latin America. Very, very exciting stuff. I’m really stoked that much of the renewal of the theology and expressions of church is getting outside of the Western world. Go check out La Red del Camino. I’m really hoping/counting on there being an mp3 of that session available – I’ll post it here, if so.

I’m off now to an afternoon workshop – “Creating Support Groups for Jesus Radicals,” led by Mark Van Steenwyk.



Blogging the New Conspirators, part 2
February 29, 2008, 10:27 am
Filed under: conference, house church

Sitting here with Mark Van Steenwyk.

Morning session with some great music, and a panel discussion with Mark Scandrete, Tom Yaccino, Kathy Escobar, and Tom Morey. They spoke to various streams in the new way of approaching faith in the way of Jesus – the emerging church, the monastic, the mosaic, and the missional. I really should unpack all those things, but no time for now. Gotta head off to the first workshop session. I’m going to Tom Yaccino’s talk, on his missional expressions of church in the Latin American context.

More to come later.



pre-conference quickies
February 29, 2008, 7:02 am
Filed under: blogging, conference

Hi all.  I’m getting ready to head out the door, but I wanted to note a couple of things.  First, some of those people I linked in my previous post will be blogging the conference, so check them out for updates.

Second – a tip of the hat to the conference organizers.  In the obligatory goodie bag that was handed out at registration, there was a plastic travel mug.  During the announcement time, they said, “You can drink as much coffee as you want here . . . but you’ll have to do it with those mugs.”  They didn’t want there to be tons of paper/styro cups generated from this event, so they provided mugs . . . I think they even said that they were made from recycled materials.  NICE TOUCH FOLKS!!



Blogging the New Conspirators, part 1
February 28, 2008, 11:11 pm
Filed under: blogging, books, conference, friends, Seattle, the purple door

Just got back from the opening sessions of The New Conspirators.  Really good vibe in the room.  Tom Sine had some opening remarks, Christine Sine led out in some prayers, and all the workshop presenters gave a quick intro of themselves and their topics for the conference.  I couldn’t get too far beyond the registration table before getting caught in the tractor beam of the book tables.  Lots of good stuff there, including Tom Sine’s book, which has the same name as the conference title . . . coincidence?  But then I saw Shane Claiborne’s new book, Jesus For President – a pleasant surprise indeed, given that I didn’t even think it was available yet.  I liked Shane’s Irresistable Revolution, but I was actually more interested in seeing the graphic art work on literally every page of the book . . . done by Ryan and Holly Sharp, a.k.a. 2/3 of The Cobalt Season.  Very, very cool.  Now I’ll be able to get them to autograph it Saturday night, when they play The Purple Door.  Speaking of which, I got to see and chat with Mark and Lisa Scandrette, as well – Mark will be sharing the stage, doing some poetry on Saturday, as will Adam Klein.  If you’re in the Seattle area, you’d be silly to miss this evening – the fun starts at around 8pm, so come on over.

I was also very excited to finally meet, face-to-face, Eliacin, after months of trading e-mail and Twitter messages.  Great guy – I’m definitely looking forward to developing a good friendship with him.  He introduced me to Mark Van Steenwyk as well.  Didn’t say much more than hello, but I’ve been tracking his blog for a while now, so it was cool to meet him.  I did get to talk for a spell with Justin Baeder, too, which was good – it had been a while since we chatted.   Other than that, I just got a couple of quick hello’s in with Eugene Cho and Karen Ward.

A couple of my cohort-mates from school were there, so I said hello to them.  It was good to be there with Johnson, one of our team members at The Purple Door.  There’s a lot of good stuff ahead.  I think they’ve put together a really great lineup of folks as presenters – most of whom aren’t the big names, but they’ve done the real work of charting a new way forward, so they’ve got all the street cred they need, in my book.  I’ll blog as I’m able . . . but the wi-fi is only available in one part of the facility, so it may be spotty.



My Kind of Election Coverage
February 28, 2008, 11:20 am
Filed under: politics

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

HT: onegoodmove