Keep the drums rolling ... with pleasure we announce the top six nominees for our Daringly Awkward Sermon Contest (because social change is a bit awkward). Three of the following sermons (in alphabetical order by author) will be named winners, with winning preachers receiving $400 each.
Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel choir are singing the gospel of strong local neighbourhoods on the streets of New York. Officially a Green Party candidate, Reverend Billy Talen is running for mayor on a platform that will sustain recessions: let’s stop the rampant consumerism, support each other, and shun the ethics and aesthetics of corporate America.
Last week the Utne librarian, Daniel Maestretti, featured Geez magazine on Shelf Life, a short spot where they feature important or nifty stuff. She pointed out Josh MacIvor-Andersen’s story in Geez issue 13.
With an office in an old church in the heart of Winnipeg, Geez looking for a half-time, Winnipeg-based person to help with the business aspects of running a spunky little magazine. She or he would work closely with the two other part-time staff here.
by Kurt Armstrong | Published 10th September 2008 | 2
For every politician seeking election this season, I recommend Gabor Maté‘s book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts (Toronto: Knopf, 2008). It offers a compassionate view of troubles affecting the core areas of North America’s major cities.
Bob Ekblad’s new book, A Christian Manifesto (Westminster John Knox) has been dominating my thinking over the past few weeks. It’s a bold call to Christians to make themselves aliens to the dominant powers of culture – especially militarism, nationalism, and violence – and relocate at the margins of society alongside the poor, illegal immigrants, prisoners, and addicts.