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Friendship trips vs. mission trips

In America Latina,christianity,colonization,Community,consumerism,Emerging,friendship,global christianity,missions,pilgrimage,Praxis,red del camino,relationships on March 12, 2008 by Eliacín

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The Revolution starts at home

In altermundismo,alternative,anarchism,anti-globalization,Children,christianity,church,Community,consumerism,creation,creativity,diversity,eco,economy,education,Emerging,emerging church,Emerging World,environment,events,Family,friends,gardening,global christianity,Green,horizontalism,hospitality,incarnational,kids,kingdom,liberation,MSA,mustard seed house,new monasticism,parenting,Politics,reconciliation,relationships,Revolution,Seattle on January 5, 2008 by Eliacín

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The Revolution starts at home is the title for the workshop my family will be facilitating at The New Conspirators conference, or better yet Festival of the Imagination. Our purpose will be to share a bit of how do we embodied the revolutionary and radical teachings of Jesus in our everyday life at home.  More than been talking heads to the participants, we will engage in mutual invitation for collaboration and creative dreaming on how we become practitioners of Kingdom values as a family.One of the situations I find interesting is how detached we can become from been faithful disciples among those we live with.  As a former missionary and someone who’ve worked with churches and other religious hobby-horses I’ve encounter that in spite of our outward expression of spirituality and piety we can be violent and oppressive in our homes.Because this topic is so broad, we are having bit of difficulty prioritizing out topics for conversation and discussion. Some of them are:

  • Undermining oppression at home (Sexism, racism, patriarchy)
  • Decoding cultural message at home (the power of media, myth of the perfect wife and perfect husband)
  • Living simply with kids
  • Family as part of intentional communities
  • Beyond the nuclear family
  • unschooling (not only the kids, but the whole family)
  • Green living as a family
  • Sustainable faith
  • Home education revisited
  • Anti-authoritarian home

This list can go on forever. We would like to know if you have any suggestions, ideas, thoughts, questions et cetera.  

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What Would Jesus Buy – About the Film

In altermundismo,alternative,consumerism,consumption,creativity,Film on November 18, 2007 by Eliacín

What Would Jesus Buy

What Would Jesus Buy? follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt!

From producer Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) and director Rob VanAlkemade comes a serious docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas.  Bill Talen (aka Reverend Billy) was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer’s jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Since 1999, Reverend Billy has gone from being a lone preacher with a portable pulpit preaching on subways, to the leader of a congregation and a movement whose numbers are well into the thousands.

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CWC Texts: The Really Really Free Market

In altermundismo,alternative,anti-globalization,Art,Community,consumerism,eco,economy,education,Emerging World,environment,globalization,hospitality,inclusivity,liberation,Politics,Revolution on November 16, 2007 by Eliacín

CWC Texts : The Really Really Free Market

Once a month two hundred or more people from all walks of life gather at the commons in the center of our town. They bring everything from jewelry to firewood to give away, and take whatever they want. There are booths offering bicycle repair, hairstyling, even tarot readings. People leave with full-size bed frames and old computers; if they don’t have a vehicle to transport them, volunteer drivers are available. No money changes hands, no one haggles over the comparative worth of items or services, nobody is ashamed about being in need. Contrary to government ordinances, no fee is paid for the use of this public space, nor is anyone “in charge.” Sometimes a marching band appears; sometimes a puppetry troupe performs, or people line up to take a swing at a piñata. Games and conversations take place around the periphery, and everyone has a plate of warm food and a bag of free groceries. Banners hang from branches and rafters proclaiming “FOR THE COMMONS, NOT LANDLORDS OR BUREAUCRACY” and “NI JEFES, NI FRONTERAS” and a king-size blanket is spread with radical reading material, but these aren’t essential to the event—this is a social institution, not a demonstration.

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Buy Nothing Day – Adbusters

In altermundismo,campaign,consumerism,consumption on November 15, 2007 by Eliacín

Buy Nothing Day – Adbusters


A 24 hour moratorium on consumer spending – participate by not participating

This November 23rd, environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in as many as 65 countries will hit the streets for a 24-hour consumer fast in celebration of the 15th annual Buy Nothing Day, a global cultural phenomenon that originated in Vancouver, Canada. Read more.

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The Ecclesia Collective » make something day

In alternative,anti-globalization,Art,Community,consumerism,consumption,cooperatives,creativity,economy,friends,globalization on November 8, 2007 by Eliacín

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make something dayIn response to the over-consumptive habits of western culture, Adbusters magazine has been promoting Buy Nothing Day for years now. The Friday after Thanksgiving is typically marked as the highest buying day for Americans. But we live in a world that can no longer handle our consumptive habits here in the west. And while we pile up on things we don’t need a large portion of the world exists without basic human needs being met every day. So, we applaud Buy Nothing Day… but it isn’t enough for us. As followers of Jesus, we believe that giving is a central part of the lifestyle we are trying embody. So, we replaced the negative with something positive: Make Something Day. Go ahead and give gifts this holiday season. As the say, giving is better than receiving. But that doesn’t mean buying something is. So, we encourage folks to avoid shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Instead, stay home, put a log on the fire and try making something for someone. Don’t feel creative? Visit the BuyNothingChristmas.org website for some good ideas to get you started.

Here are a few resources that you might find helpful:

Affluenza: a great book documenting the effects of consumerism on western culture, and the world

Alternatives for Simple Living: a non-profit organization that exists to help people simplify life

Freedom of Simplicity: author Richard Foster, approaches the discipline of Simplicity from a Christian perspective

Jubilee Economics Ministries: a local organization here in San Diego declaring, “Enough!” in a world crying, “More!”

What Would Jesus Buy?: A docu-comedy coming to theaters soon, produced by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me

We’d love to have people share their ideas, creations and stories of hosting Make Something Day parties and experiences from giving gifts you’ve made. If you’d like to contribute to documenting Make Something Day, here are a few ways:

Share your photos on our Flickr Group

Post your stories and ideas on our MySpace or Facebook Groups

or, e-mail us at makesomethingday.ec [at] gmail [dot] com

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Teenage Affluenza

In consumerism,consumption,economy,Food and Drink,globalization,neoliberalism on September 29, 2007 by Eliacín

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