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Adventist bloggers continue to ponder Pastor Boyd

Sherman at Adventist Pulpit points out what happens when "When a Mega Church Disowns the Republican Party."

He writes, "Pastor Boyd, Thanks for reminding us that Christianity is not
synonymous with American Nationalism, but don't let us vacate the
public arena. The world needs the witness of the true Christ."

Adventist media watcher, Ron Corson, sees only politics, not religion, and attacks what he sees as "over the top generalization" and concomitant divisiveness.

And seminarian Trevan Osborn, actually writing before the Times article, candidly ponders the fine line of pastors and politics. "I am a Democrat. I agree with their stands on most issues and don't see
myself changing anytime soon. Yet, if I like a Republican candidate
better than the Democrat, I'll vote for them. Just because I'm a
Democrat does not mean I'm obstinate, close-minded, and unwilling to
change my mind on an issue. I can say the same things about most other
Democrats and Republicans. We need to move past the idea that just
because we consider ourselves a Democrat or Republican we can't
embrace, accept, and appreciate those who view things differently."

Is church growth more important than principle?

Adventist pastor blogs are buzzing with the New York Times story Disowning Conservative Politics, Evangelical Pastor Rattles Flock.

The Minnesota pastor, Greg Boyd preached a series of sermons calling his congregation to reject the dangerous confluence of faith, patriotism, and war.  The results?

As Oregon Adventist Pastor points out:

  • His church lost 1,000 of its 5,000 members (mainly white, middle-class professionals).
  • He had to lay off seven of its fifty staff members.
  • His church's drive to raise $7 million stalled out at $4 million.

But he adds, "Then again, his church has picked up members from the Black, Hispanic, and Hmong communities."

Probably alarming his ministerial director, Hollywood pastor Ryan Bell proclaims: "Greg Boyd is my hero!"

The guru of creative ministry, Monte Sahlin flags the article as well, noting that pastor Boyd is known for his bible-based preaching.

What do you think?

Could an Adventist pastor survive a politically nuanced stand like this?

Adventist Blogs - the results

I am now back to blogging after a vacation along the East Coast - Boston, New York and now back in sticky DC.

Here's some less known and recommended Adventist blogs to check out this weekend. And feel free to leave a comment or two - let's start some good conversations. Thanks to all those who contributed. We'll post more recommended blogs soon.

Blog the Future

Jonathan Scriven on politicsMission Catalyst Network

Andrew on The Pilgrimage

Jericho Road

Oregon Adventist Pastor

Art: PUC Students Study Beauty in Paris

By: Sharon
Fujimoto-Johnson

 


A group of honors students from Pacific Union College recently completed "Beauty," a
class on art and aesthetics, in a two-week excursion to Paris, France.“The course is not only a study of art history, but an
examination of how we define beauty and aesthetics and how our definitions shape
our perceptions of the world,” says Milbert Mariano, chair of
the visual arts department, in an article posted on the PUC web site. Mariano teaches
"Beauty" with Nancy
Lecourt
, PUC's Academic Dean.
 
The course's web site states that "it is expected that [through this class] students will develop a more informed
understanding of their own concepts of beauty and that they will be well on
their way to developing a personal philosophy of what is beautiful, and what is
art.  It is also expected that students will come to a better understanding of
the importance of ideas about beauty and aesthetics and how views of beauty
inform and shape attitudes and views of the world."
 
"Beauty" is in its fourth year of existence
and was held in Paris for the first time. Previously, the course has been taught
in Binfield, England and Florence, Italy.
 
Article: "Paris
in the Summer: Honors students study art abroad"

View Photos & Blog: Beauty/Paris
2006

Adventist Blogs - Question

Reflecting on the Pew survey of American blogging, it seems clear that blogs could play an increasingly important role in Adventist communication as well.  Connecting people, fostering throughtful conversation, highlighting issues and motivating action. Well ok, actual action may be stretching it. . .

Use the quick and easy comment button and let's share all the interesting Adventist blogs we know and if you want, what you enjoy about a particular site. There are some lists of Sevy bloggers out there, but I'd like to know who you like to read.

Spectrum will then create a gateway site for the Adventist blogosphere.

Commenting below, which Adventist blogs do you read?

Room for Blogger Progress

By: Alexander Carpenter
                              The Pew Internet & American Life Project just released its survey of bloggers and their habits.

Interestingly, only 11% of bloggers focus on politics and only 2%
write on religion. The report points out that most bloggers use their
platform for self-expression. With so few people posting on public life
and even fewer on faith, this gives progressive bloggers significant
voice compared to other forms of mass media such as radio or
television. There's room for forward-thinking folks to write on how
their faith informs their public values and doing so just might make a
difference.

Also, in thinking about the future of media coverage of faith and
public life, it's important to note that more than half of all bloggers
are under the age of 30 which suggests that the blogosphere will grow
in importance both as a tool for information and mobilization in the
years to come.

Read the press release here.

And read the entire report here.
                           

Art: Expression with a Purpose

By Sharon
Fujimoto-Johnson

Katherine Dreier: "The function of art is to
free the spirit of man and to invigorate and enlarge his vision."

Marc Chagall: "Art must be an
expression of love or it is nothing."

Here's a quick look at ways in which art is
being used to make a positive difference:
 
Art for the World, associated with
the United Nations Department of Public Information, strives to create a bridge
between art and society. Its mission is to "create, through the universal
language of art a meaningful and enduring dialogue among diverse peoples,
cultures, and world views in order to encourage tolerance and solidarity and to
foster education as a human right."
 
One of Art for Humanity's projects is to
provide art supplies to artists in Honduras and facilitate the sale of their art
in the U.S.


Art Without Borders
focuses on "helping artists transcend their own self imposed borders or actual
geographic borders, economic barriers and allow the rest of us outside these
'borders" to see a different perspective of our world." Recent activities
include a traveling exhibit of "New Orleans Artists in Exile."In Jacksonville, Florida, artist Daniel Wynn
was one of six local artists to receive a grant that will allow them to transform
a neglected neighborhood park into an "art oasis."

 

The "Call for Peace" Flickr group
invite members to post photos that represent message of peace. Other Flickr
groups of interest include "Humanitarian Aid," which defines
itself as "a clearinghouse for aid/relief workers to share their experiences
through photographic expression," and Global Poverty, in which
members post photos of poverty around the world.
 
Celebrating Peace aims to
enrich the lives of children through the pursuit of peace. It includes an online
gallery for children's artwork on peace, as well as ideas on encouraging
children to care about peace.
 

The Origami Peace
Tree
was started in Russia to connect people around the world in friendship
and to promote a peaceful world through the art of origami. Around 1,500
participants from 53 countries have participated in the Peace Tree Festivals.

Art with a purpose allows us to face the
sometimes troubling reality of our world, to open our eyes to new and
challenging perspectives, and to engage in envisioning change for the better. As
such, I think it goes hand-in-hand with progressive faith.

Defining Progressive Faith

During the Progressive Faith Blog Conference, I attended a panel discussion by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (left in picture), Dr. Bruce Prescott (right) and Pastor Dan (center).

Pastor Dan operates the DailyKos interfaith blog community Street Prophets where he is continuing the conversation about what progressive faith means.  He suggests that defining progressive faith should include:

  1. Support for the separation of church and state
  2. Modernist or heterodox faith beliefs
  3. Getting something out of Martin Buber (this one wasn't entirely serious)
  4. Counterweight to the Religious Right
  5. Social Experiment

What do you think--using this definition--would Adventism fit as progressive? Do you think that he neglects something in his definition? Feel free to comment below. 

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