lovely post by the real live preacher regarding caterpillars...'It's not a particularly exciting life, but it's safe. If you blend in, nobody will eat you. Safe is nice. Safe is responsible. Safe is conservative and smart, like investing for the future. Safe is what you settle for when you give up your dreams.
I'm not interested in safe...'
Just added the ooze to the links section. definately worth checkin out.
shine on saturday looks like:
Room 1: DJ Rush & Simon McDermott
Room 2: Progression Sessions presents: LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad plus Makoto
The Bar: Damian Lazarus (City Rockers) & Alan Simms.
"My younger brother asked forgiveness of the birds: it may seem absurd, but it is right nonetheless, for everything, like the ocean, flows and comes into contact with everything else: touch it in one place and it reverberates at the other end of the world." - Dostoyevsky
**** // 12:10 pm
just read a great story of one guy's journey trying to work things out for himself.
Here's a bit of it:
"..the greater your doubt the more heroic your faith.
I learned that it doesn’t matter in the least that I be convinced of God’s existence. Whether or not God exists is none of my business, really. What do I know of existence? I don’t even know how the VCR works.
What does matter is whether or not I am faithful. I think faithful is a hell of a good word. It still has some of its original shine. It still calls us to action.
Once I stumbled upon this very old truth, I prayed the most honest prayer of my life.
'God, I don’t have great faith, but I can be faithful. My belief in you may be seasonal, but my faithfulness will not. I will follow in the way of Christ. I will act as though my life and the lives of others matter. I will love...'"
**** // 12:35 am
Saturday, March 22, 2003:
we'll be at BCM methodist church on Glengal St. in the centre of town, taking the service at 11am. this is one of the city-centre churches that has supported echo since the beginning. we'll be doing some stories, some visuals and talking about athenian idols in clubland... it means not too late a night tonight though, but should be fun
click here for an interesting thought on the current world situation
Check out this week's Portadown News. Very amusing site, although if you're not from here, I dont know how to explain it!
Couple of things for this week: The lovely folk at the UUJ Chaplaincy are continuing their godspace exploration during lent, the theme this week will be 'brokenness', so if you're down there go down and check it out - you can find out what room it's in from the chaplaincy office. I think it might be D106 but if you get lost dont blame me! We'll be doing next week on the topic of 'confict and war', which is quite a daunting task given yesterday's news..
Also, God's secret garden is on Thursday night this week, exploring the theme of community. We've done this before, but this one will be a bit different. For those who dont know, this is a time where we try to create godspace, with individual reflection, meditation and contemplation. Once again it's at the bush cafe, elmwood ave. Everyone welcome, no dress code, no admission fee, no sermons and definately no singing.
Thanks also to Steve for his mention on the radio the other week.
If you're suffering from congregational model withdrawal, and you do want to hear a sermon (I cant promise it will be good), then team echo is taking the service at BCM Methodist church this Sunday. You've stopped reading already, haven't you??
Here's an interesting thought during lent:
"Puritans should remember it is possible to be a non-smoking, teetotal vegetarian, and still be Adolf Hitler." – Karl Barth
**** // 1:21 pm
Friday, March 14, 2003:
This week @ shine there is a great line up:
Dave Clarke, Darren Emerson, Medicine8, Doves (dj set), Simon McDermott and Paul McClean
check out their site for more details...
**** // 6:27 pm
particularly strange website, with a rather unique way of selling absolutely nothing!! And apparently there is: 'Alongside T-shirts to proclaim your chosen few, the Theological Tag Team Tournament video game (TTTT ™ coming soon), posters and the Sacred Friends comics...'
The video game sounds good!
**** // 12:50 pm
Big night @ the mighty Shine this Sat:
10.30pm: Alan Simms.
1am: Dave Angel.
9.30pm: Mixmaster Records.
11.45pm: Steve Lawler (three hour set).
9.30pm: Nik Muzka.
11pm: Erol Alkan.
1am: Nik Muzka.
**** // 12:35 pm
This is the echo weblog. An echo is somewhere between a voice and no voice, somewhere between hearing and not hearing, and somewhere between knowing and not knowing. It's a place of faith and doubt. It's for all those trying to shed their snake skins of tradition, pride, ignorance, prejudice, and trying to work things out for themselves. It's for those caught dancing in the dichotomy of clubbing and christianity, and still trying to follow Christ.