Homemade hospitality with Trinity Episcopal Church

On Sunday, April 28, members of the *cino community enjoyed sharing coffee, tea, juice and homemade cinnamon rolls between and after worship services with members of Trinity Episcopal Church. Since the summer of 2010, *cino has been renting Trinity’s rectory to house an intentional community, which includes volunteer staff and summer interns.  The church has…

catapult editor contributes to March 2013 Comment

Kirstin, *culture is not optional co-director and catapult magazine editor, has an essay in the newest issue of Comment magazine, which highlights persuasion. Her piece, entitled “Slow Organizing for Kingdom Come,” explores community development as learning how to listen, persuade, negotiate, compromise, and reconcile — all toward the common good. Unfortunately, it isn’t available online; but with contributions from Marilyn McEntyre, Calvin…

Jubilee 2013

Every year since 2004, Kirstin and I have made an annual sojourn to the beautiful city of Pittsburgh in February for the Jubilee Conference, an extraordinary gathering of college students, professionals and others interested in fully living into a Kingdom vision for all areas of life.  In past years, we’ve had a display table in…

*cino 2012: A year in review

Left to right: Rob, Chad, Deborah, Liesje, Kirstin, Jordan, Stephanie, David and Emily Happy Advent!  Even as we set aside time for expectation for the future, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look back at what the past year has been like for the folks connected with *culture is not optional.  There are about…

Family Fun Nights: Ceremonial Play

This summer, *cino has been hosting Family Fun Nights every Thursday from 5-7 pm at the Huss Project in Three Rivers, Michigan. Attendance was a bit sparse the first couple of weeks, but over the past month we’ve managed to attract a fairly consistent group of folks from the neighborhood for crafts, gardening, snacks, and…

Summer storytelling and potluck

Join us at the Huss Project this Friday, August 10, for our third storytelling night of the summer. We’ll start with a potluck at 7:00 and then start telling stories at 8:00. Our theme for the stories is Ordinary Radicals. Join us as we share stories of our heroes — not the heroes we see…

The 2012 *cino intern program theme song

It seems that every summer since we started our intern program in Three Rivers a song emerges that captures the spirit of our time together as a group — musically, lyrically or both. In 2010, the song was “Blood” by The Middle East; its uplifting, group-singing chorus was an anthem for us to sing/yell along…

Practicing Resurrection 2012 cancelled

After much conversation with our *cino staff and board members, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Practicing Resurrection conference. We’re generally not very good at failing to follow through on things we’ve said we’d do and we were all really excited about having so many wonderful people all in the same place…

Storytelling: That thing I love

As part of the commitment to model creative communities in this place, *cino periodically hosts storytelling nights as an opportunity for people in this community to tell their stories. Each night has a theme and everyone is invited to come to either tell a story or listen to the stories of others. Sunday, June 17,…

Announcing Practicing Resurrection 2012!

Join us August 9-12 at The Huss Project for our fourth biennial Practicing Resurrection conference. With a theme of “The 100-Mile Imagination,” the conference is moving right here to Three Rivers, Michigan! Come celebrate the delights of place by camping out on the Huss Project’s four acres and enjoying a variety of workshops for all…