After three nominations, Geez finally scooped top honours for Best Spiritual Coverage at the 2009 Utne Independent Press Awards. The road between extreme believers and angry atheists gets pretty slim, but the Utne judges saw the path, “The editors have created a place where writing and reading about lives inspired but not overcome by religious doctrine can be accomplished in peace.”
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.