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3 Openings at Radical Living in New York City

September 17, 2008

Radical Living–a new monastic community in New York City–has rooms for 1 female and 2 males. They are, from what I’ve heard, one of the more “solid” new communities out there, so this would be a great opportunity for those of you interested in living in intentional community.

Here’s some info about Radical Living:

Radical Living is an intentional community located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. They are a multicultural, intergenerational and non-denominational community of artists, workers and students that includes single men and women, a married couple, three dogs and a cat.

There are three houses–Hart House, Marcy House and Pulaski House–connected to Radical Living. They are located within one block from each other and function as one community with 17 members (not counting the dogs and cat).

In essence they are dedicated to living a meditative, prophetic and prayerful life, centered in Christ, engaged in their neighborhood, concerned with social justice, and led by the Holy Spirit.

Please call either 917.459.3813 or 212.444.2701, or email [email protected]l.com to request an application.

Race Around the Web

August 28, 2008

I direct your attention to two somewhat related posts regarding race and ethnicity.

The first post (on Emergent Village) by Anthony Smith challenges those non-voting white folks who encourage black folks to abstain from voting. Here’s a snippet:

Voting, as it is oftentimes seen by historically marginalized groups, is a precious gift. It is not seen, within the language game of the prophetic black church, as a form of violence. That voting is seen as means of violence can only come from Christians who don’t know what it is like to be without the gift. This is why the loudest voices for political disengagement on Gospel grounds tend to be of lighter hue. It is another form of advantage to eschew voting. I profoundly agree with Christians engaging in anti-imperial practices or pro-kingdom activities that give sign to another world in our midst. But understand my suspicion. I am postmodern, after all.

This is a great issue worthy of serious consideration. I’m thinking of a response to Anthony’s weighty and compelling article.

The second post is a forum conversation taking place at Submergent’s website regarding the ethnic mix of folks involved on that social website. The post is raising issues of unity and diversity, privilege and oppression, etc. In the comments, Eliacin Rosario-Cruz offers the following insight:

It is not enough to wait until gender diversity/multiculturalism just simply happen. To wait on that is to perpetuate the “Luxury of Obliviousness” in which white males can afford to be oblivious to the injustice and the marginalization of women and people of color. Women and people of color cannot afford to wait until the mono-cultural/mono-gender group decide when to “include” them. The embrace of the “other” need to be intentional from the beginning. If gender diversity and multiculturalism is not part of the DNA, then is a later add-on. Women and people of color are not accessories to be added later on. Many of us believe God’s Kingdom will be formed by a large multicultural multitude, if so, then we are called to represent that multitude and live in that reality now…The lack of voices/participation of women and people of color in the church represents a chromosomal disorder in the Body of Christ.

How do we meaningfully address the social/economic/racial/ethnic/gender within our communities, organizations, and movements?

How do we foster diversity among websites and web networks when a majority of users are still, it seems, white men?

Autumn=more articles?

August 25, 2008

It has been a good year for Jesus Manifesto. Our reader base is widening and the quality of content is deepening. Only two things remain: we need more content and we are due for a redesign. We’ve got some folks working on the latter, but I need you’re help on the former.

Over the past year, we’ve had a lot of submissions, but over the summer, submissions have slowed. Now would be a great time to submit articles to JM. Here are four good reasons to write for JM:

  1. Lots of people will read your article.
  2. You can link to your own website in the author profile, which will increase web traffic to your own site.
  3. You’re likely to receive a good amount of comments.
  4. You’ll be contributing to a growing, robust online community of thoughtful people committed to Christ-centered praxis.

Click here to submit an article. Don’t be shy. If we decide not to run your submission, we’ll try to give you constructive feedback.

Breakdown of JM Readers by Country

July 30, 2008

I’m not sure if anyone cares about these stats, but I find it interesting that only about 2/3 of our readers are from the US. It is also interesting that predominantly English-speaking nations rank 3rd (Canada), 4th (UK) and 8th (Australia). Interestingly, Brazilians make up a little over 5% of our reader base. Here’s the breakdown:

US 64%
Brazil 5.25%
Canada 4.3%
UK 2.8%
Japan 2.2%
Spain 1.4%
Mexico 1.4%
Australia 1.3%
Germany 1.15%
China 1.1%

Another World is Neccessary: Anarchism, Christianity and the Race from the White House

July 29, 2008

I’ll be presenting at the upcoming Jesus Radicals conference in Columbus, Ohio. My session (on the relationship between Church and State) will be on Friday afternoon. If you’re in the area, drop by. I’d love to meet some of the folks who frequent this site. Here’s the info:

August 15-16, 2008
St. John’s Episcopal
1003 W Town
Columbus, OH 43223
Contact: jesusradicals [at] jesusradicals.com

As election fever rises throughout the United States and the contest for the White House becomes more fierce, the masses will clamor for a new Commander in Chief to assume the seat of American power. This year, it seems as if the game has changed as a female candidate appears to fulfill feminist dreams and a viable Black candidate raises hopes for Black freedom and signals the weakening of racism. But is this really the case? For those who follow the One who confronted the powers and embrace the One who came as a Suffering Servant, these changes are not enough to leave this political system unchallenged. For those who envision an egalitarian world in which order and organization do not rely on the ever-present threat of state violence, bowing before the ballot box will not be an option.

Join us for this year’s Anarchism and Christianity conference as we explore alternatives to mainstream approaches to key issues raised in the current election, dream beyond the political options of our present system and imagine the other world we want to create. Get detailed session and housing info, and register to attend.

Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Children, Internationals on Way Home from Summer Camp

July 28, 2008

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National Assembly to Honor Freedom of Conscience

July 11, 2008

Here’s an event in October that might be of interest to some readers:

The National Assembly to Honor Freedom of Conscience is the first annual event to raise awareness of soldiers no longer wishing to serve their country through violence. This assembly welcomes everyone, both soliders and civilians, who have an interest in or curiosity about this growing, yet still mostly unpublicized, phenomenon.

This event will take place in Austin, Texas, from Friday October 3rd to Sunday October 5th, 2008, with guests of honor, Walter and June Wink.

Submergent is afoot…

July 10, 2008

Recently, a handful of folks across the US and Canada gathered together to take some time to discern what the Spirit is doing with the recent re-emergence of Anabaptist thought. One could call it an Anabaptist revival, but so many of the people across the world that are coming to seemingly Anabaptist convictions aren’t influenced by the Radical Reformation. Indeed, there are Anglicans and Catholics and Pentecostals and Evangelicals, etc. embracing the classical emphases of Anabaptism (and adding their own helpful twists).

We, who are calling ourselves “Submergent” spent the 4th and 5th of July exploring what God may be doing with this re-emergence of Anabaptist thought.

So, after a few days gathered in Philadelphia, we’ve got some schemes…but for the most part, we recognized that many in this movement are already connecting. And so we’ve come up with some ways to foster what is already happening, rather than trying to make something new happen. We’ll share more about that later.

But lately, there has been some healthy attention drawn to this growing movement…

Jason Evans has a great synopsis about what makes Submergent tick. Check out his thoughts here.

In his post, Jason quotes a recent statement by Greg Boyd. You can read that in its entirety here.

Tom Sine, noted futurist, likewise sees a resurgence of Anabaptistic thought and action (read about that here).

And finally, for those of you interested in reading a VERY long overview of our discussion on the 4th and 5th of July in Philadelphia…where met to discern how to foster this growing movement of nonviolent “kingdom radicals,” check out Eliacin’s recap.

Join the Submergent network he and dream with us.

Jesus Manifesto is on vacation for a few days…

July 8, 2008

We’re on vacation this week. This is a busy week for some of the regular contributors to JM, and since we’re still training in a new editor, we thought it best to take the week off (in a continued celebration of St. Elizabeth’s Day).

In the meantime, now would be an EXCELLENT time to submit an article (or two). This is the slowest time of year for blogs and webzines…the high point of summer, when readers emerge from their basement offices and rediscover sunlight and beaches. As a result, submissions are low.

See you next week!

Preaching Peace Conference

July 3, 2008

Preaching Peace is offering a couple excellent conferences  in coming months.

The first conference (August 12-14) is “Being A Peace Church in a Constantinian World.” Hosted at  Messiah College in Grantham, PA, the conference features Brian McLaren, Craig Carter and Sharon Baker, plus additional sessions.

The Conference on Compassionate Eschatology (September 26-27) will be held at San Francisco Theological Seminary. This conference features some SERIOUS heavy-weight thinkers: Rene Girard, John D. Caputo, Barbara Rossing and Ted Grimsrud.

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