The story of Stuff

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this is a terrifying quote by economic aid for Eisenhower, Victor Lebow.  the image is form a clever 21 minute film by Annie Leonard called "The Story Of Stuff." 

It is a brilliant critique of the linear system of extraction>production>distribution>consumption>disposal!  You need to give yourself the full 21 minutes to watch it. The only criticism I'd give is that, while light hearted and whimsical, 21 minutes of all bad news can be discouraging.  BUT IT IS DISCOURAGING!  and then the site offers great encouraging ways to get involved.  And thinking in sustainable and relational ways that are not linear begins to seems the best response.

I'll be exploring some issues of sustainability at the Southeastern Regional Emergent Conference

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Here's the description of my breakout group for Sunday afternoon:

Adaptive Re-Use: Using Everything We've Left Behind

As the modern world changes many old buildings, neighborhoods, and consumer products have become neglected and fallen out of use. What do we do with that old warehouse or the huge cast iron vacuum cleaner? Our neighborhood has been asking this very question. Designers, architects, and other artists are responding to this change by learning such arts as adaptive reuse, found art, folk art, and re-design.

What if we used such categories from architecture/design as metaphors to explore sustainable emergent church practices? What if we met the challenges of underutilized church boundaries, values, practices, and assets asking how they could be re-cylced faithfully into materials for the emerging work of the kingdom of God. Can we avoid the wasteful alternatives of abandonment, demolition, or sprawl? Our breakout group will play by exploring an integrated approach to church through these metaphors touching on overviews of missiology, creation theology,

So if your in FL, or planing to be at the event, look me up and we can chat about this.