Some time ago I posted a series of questions and thoughts about simplicity and minimalism. Check out the article How to Live with Just 100 Things and then comment with your thoughts.
Do you think you could do the 100 Thing Challenge?
I ate lunch with Doug Pagitt as a part of the Emergent luncheon at the Envision Conference. I have yet to read his new book yet so rather than an adequate review here is a video:
We celebrated Kyla’s first birthday this year. We had a family gathering on June 14 and then did a cookout with some friends on her birthday. I spent the night crying over Kyla’s crib as she slept. I felt partially mournful as her first year of life has passed. We can never return to see the first time she opened her eyes, the first time she laughed, the first time we read her a book, the first time she crawled and walked, the first time she reached for us, the first time she helped me water the flowers, the first time… there are so many. As I thought of all the beautiful moments we have shared I was incredibly thankful for her presence in our lives. We have never cried so much. We have never laughed so much. She is beautiful and full of peace. I love her dearly and am hopeful that though she will never be as small she will still curl up on my chest , hold onto my leg, and look at me with outstretched arms… smiling. Oh, that smile.
Bishop N.T. Wright appears as a guest on The Colbert Report talking about his most recent book Surprised by Hope. Click here >> N.T. WRIGTH ON COLBERT << to watch the video. Below is a picture I have with N.T. Wright when I took the Oakwood Hall SLAs to Asbury Theological Seminary. Excuse the fuzzy picture. The guy who took the picture was very nervous to meet the Bishop of Durham.
If you are interested in signing the declaration copied below please comment here. I will either e-mail you the link with instructions or post it here if there is enough interest.
The Declaration below, coming from “Envision: the Gospel, Politics, and the Future” at Princeton University June 8-10, 2008, began with an online dialogue of approximately 100 participants on June 2 about religion, social change, and politics. On June 8, a diverse panel of scholars discussed the results of the dialogue.
After attending the conference and hearing reports about the conversations that occurred throughout many aspects of the conference, the panel met and created the declaration below.
Envision the Future: A Declaration on the Common Good
Princeton, New Jersey
11 June 2008
We are at a critical moment in the history of the United States. The common good has been seriously compromised. Perpetual war, rampant poverty and inequality, environmental crisis, and the narrowing of the possibilities of human life and cultural flourishing imperil our future.
In this moment of crisis, we have an important opportunity to reclaim the common good; to enact a robust vision of a common life that moves away from a world where resources and responsibilities – whether economic, political, or social – are held in the hands of a few to a global community in which they are held by all and all are benefited.
Envision is a theologically and politically diverse movement of Christians committed to following in the footsteps of Jesus. Our movement includes Evangelicals, Pentecostals, mainline Protestants, Anabaptists, emerging church members, and others who profess that the call of Jesus includes struggling for peace, social, economic, and racial justice, and a flourishing creation.
For three days in June 2008, over 500 of us gathered – across our divisions – in Princeton, New Jersey to critically and creatively discern a new vision of the common good. We came together and listened to one another and learned from one another. We were enriched and transformed by our conversations as we worshipped, sang, and broke bread together.
Envision offers new voices in the public square to address the complexities that confront the United States and the world. We are racially and ethnically diverse activists, clergy, lay persons, students, and scholars who are deeply informed by a faith that compels us to participate in God’s work to eradicate poverty, create peace, and build just communities and right relationships with the earth.
In recent times, some have used Christianity to divide us from one another and demonize others. They have placed Christianity on the side of the powerful against the powerless. Envision inaugurates a new relation between our faith and our politics. In a spirit of humility and hospitality, we seek to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God and each other.
We acknowledge that we do not agree on all things. We acknowledge that we do not have all the answers, but we will seek them together. In the midst of our differences we are committed to remain together at the table that God sets for us and not demonize each other, but to talk, reason, and work together for a brighter and better future.
We affirm our desire to work together and with others in a shared commitment to justice, equality, and peace. We invite all who share such a commitment and vision to sign this declaration and join the Envision movement. ———
Aside from the drafting panel of scholars, I was the 33rd person to sign the declaration just behind Tony Campolo. I commented as follows:
In a spirit of humility and hospitality, we seek to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God and each other in the way of Jesus. May it be.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Are those who decide not to accept the forgiveness and reconciliation to God offered through Jesus actually too broken to do so? Are those who refuse Jesus either incapable of valuing love, community, and relationship or in a state of dependency on something other than Jesus?
For those reading who are not followers of Jesus please do not be offended. I do not intend to label or categorize but value your comments as well.
© 2008 Clint Fisher.