Have we lost the way of hope? When I say “we”, I mean we “modern, affluent, developed, able, self-actualized” folk. When I say “way”, I mean a real, rooted, dirt under the fingernails, not merely ethereal or the sort of stuff simply for a Sunday-School discussion.
Two years ago, during one of our first forays into urban homesteading, my Father’s Day present from Aimee was permission to install our first rain-barrel. It was a romantic thought to me. “Let’s not waste the water-from-heaven gift (even though we receive it some 300 plus days a year), let’s harvest it.”
Here’s the deal, despite all the sentiment out there about “all the money we will save” through homesteading practices, the reality is that it just doesn’t pencil out. I hate to bust the myth.
(I would love to get your thoughts on this concept. This is becoming so important that it is starting to organize everything else.) I have been a life-long church-goer. It is one of the tremendous gifts of my life. From a wooden pew I was taught that Jesus loves the whole world. It only makes […]
As part of the Call+Response film that we have helped promote, Matisyahu covers Bob Marley’s Redemption song. It was released today and is very much worth watching, if not for its economic justice use, then for it’s sheer beauty.
Think Globally, Act Virtually. Back in the fall, Jared and I were working on several campaigns related to Human Trafficking (Call+Response FIlm, Community Commons). It was an eye-opening and often heart-breaking time for both of us and we know it was as well for many of you. Issues like modern slavery (the world’s 27 million […]
Some Months ago I attended the Restorative Listening Project’s event around the film “Northeast Passage”. The event was hosted by John Canda, among others, and gave the diverse audience of inner Northeast Portland residents a chance to explore and dialogue about gentrification. Restorative Listening is based on the principles of Restorative Justice which says that […]