Publishing

NEW *cino book! Eat Well: A Food Road Map

The second book in *cino’s Road Map Series is now available. Eat Well: A Food Road Map features essays, artwork and resource lists that introduce ideas about what faithfulness might look like in the area of food–growing, producing, purchasing and eating.
You can purchase a copy for only $7.50 (plus shipping) directly from the book’s companion web site.

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Workshops

Workshop: Rock and roll (and race)

Rob and Kirstin led a workshop this morning titled “Rock and roll and race” at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The workshop looked at the history of rock and roll, focusing specifically on movements and moments in which race played a significant role in shaping music culture–with particular attention given to significant African-American artists.
While certainly still a work in progress, you can check out our workshop resource page to get an idea of what we talked about or to continue the conversation.

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People

Interview with Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma, catapult editor and *culture is not optional co-founder, participated recently in a series of interviews conducted by Comment, the journal of the Work Research Foundation in Ontario. You can read her interview here and then, while you’re there, check out the rest of Comment.

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Event

Announcing Practicing Resurrection 2008!

*culture is not optional and Russet House Farm are happy to officially announce Practicing Resurrection 2008!
The dates for this year’s event are August 11-17. Informal camping with field trips, bonfires, swimming and more will take place August 11-14, with the Practicing Resurrection conference August 15-17. We’ll gather again at Russet House Farm in Cameron, Ontario. Our conference theme this year will be Home Economics, with various workshops and activities surrounding that theme, from home building to bread baking, for agrarians and urbanists alike.
Registration is now online. Space is limited, so try to register early if you can. You’re encouraged to come to as much as you can, but we welcome short visits as well. We look forward to seeing you on the farm this summer!

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Publishing

Food art: a contest of sorts

We’re working on editing a new *cino book on food, adding to the Road Map Series that now includes Do Justice. We need a cover image, as well as a color photo for the back and at least one or two black and white images for the inside of the book. If you have a painting, photograph or drawing on the theme of food that you’d like to be considered for Eating Well: A Food Road Map, please send us three things by Friday, March 14: a print quality image file that’s at least 4″ x 6″, a 50-ish word bio and your mailing address. You can use our contact form to get in touch or send Kirstin an e-mail. If your work is selected, you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the book when it comes out in April. Delicious!

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Publishing

Do Justice review

Byron Borger at Hearts & Minds Books reviewed our new book, Do Justice: A Social Justice Road Map, about a week ago and was very complimentary. Check it out and then buy a copy from him (he’s got a free shipping deal going now). Thanks, Byron!

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Publishing

NEW *cino book! Do Justice: A Social Justice Road Map

We’re very excited to announce our first book!
*culture is not optional has just published Do Justice: A Social Justice Road Map, the first in a series of books that we hope will be entry points for conversation about how the Christian community can act faithfully in several different areas of life. Do Justice collects catapult magazine articles, a few original pieces, photographs and resource lists from students, professors, booksellers and practitioners into a 140-page resource that we think you’ll find both enjoyable and challenging. You can purchase a copy for only $7.50 + shipping ($1.00) at the companion site for the book.
Look for more additions to the series over the next several months. We’re planning a food Road Map for the month of April and a music Road Map for this summer.

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Online

Welcoming Hearts and Minds Books

*cino is very pleased to welcome Hearts and Minds Books into the *cino blog network.  Hearts and Minds is a bookstore in Dallastown, Pennsylvania started and run by Byron and Beth Borger with a wonderful and comprehensive understanding of reformatinoal Christian worldview.  They’ve long been involved with the CCO in Pittsburgh and one of the highlights of CCO’s Jubilee Conference in February is the huge Hearts and Minds book table.  Byron regularly updates his blog with passionate reviews of new resources; we encourage you to check out his posts and support his store!

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Online

Improved discussion boards

Several months ago, we were forced to have all new *cino discussion board registrations approved by a board administrator in order to keep malicious users from posting spam and wreaking havoc on the site. Then we were overwhelmed by bogus registrations–at least 25 a day–until we were no longer approving any registrations, which obviously runs contrary to the kind of invitational community we’re trying to foster here.
Well, we have made a significant breakthrough today by adding Akismet authorization to everything posted on the board, from new registrations to discussion posts. Akismet is a service that checks information submitted against a vast database of confirmed spam criteria, returning either a positive or negative value back to our site that it can use to confirm or reject a user or a post automatically.
Users can once again register without a moderator’s approval simply by confirming an e-mail address after registration.
We apologize to many of you who tried to register over the last several months and were unable to have your account activated for use. We tried to find and activate legitimate registrations in the 900 or so unactivated accounts we recently deleted from our database. If we missed your account, we hope you’ll see this message and register again to participate in the *cino community!

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Event

^camping is not optional 2007!

^camping is not optional 2007 is once again being brought to you by *culture is not optional and Russet House Farm. Unlike Practicing Resurrection, the conference we organized last year, this summer's events will be much more informal. From outings to local farms and businesses to discussions and jam sessions on the farm, this year's event will remind ^camping veterans of outings past. From August 6-12 you are invited to come to Cameron, Ontario for a week (or as much time as you'd like) of camping, exploring the Kawarthas, campfires, communal worship, reflection, play, swimming, and farm activities. While we are not organizing a full scale conference for this year, we will facilitate a potluck dinner in the camping area on Saturday night and communal worship on Sunday morning. Other activities like bible study, evening prayer, yoga, interpretive dance, capture the flag, metaphysical support groups, group therapy, poetry readings, salon-style conversations on whatever people want to talk about, and other crazy ideas will emerge from the midst of the camping community. Register now!

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