So, Tom Livengood and folks at The Living Room took the initiative to help people connect to their neighbor in Atlanta. They started by listing agencies they knew of in the atlanta area on a google map. Trey Tucker with Roov.com designed artwork for a re:connect page. And then one of the TLR peeps, Amy Anderson, built this site to facilitate the google map and to introduce folks to Roov.com. "Thank you, Tom, Trey, Amy and others."
The Re:CONNECT weekend was an invention of Nate Ledbetter, Melvine Bray, and Leroy Barber and myself. We wanted folks in Atlanta to meet other people doing justice and to learn about justice/social community work. The weekend rocked! We had a panel discussion on Friday night and the panelists included (I'll add more as I have their blogs):
Rusty Prichard : Evangelical Environmental Network
Mark Anthony: Pastor, Jesus for Justice
Carlos: Mentoring and Public Speaking
Daniel Hombrich: INnocence Atlanta
Nate Ledbetter: Charis Housing
Deborah: Mothers and children
Chris Capehard: ROOV.com
They described their work and they answered questions including:
- How do others’ passions contribute to the reach and focus of your ministry?
- How do you meet Jesus in doing your work?
- What has your work taught you about engaging civil government?
- How do local neighbors and the contexts of individual neighborhoods play a roll in the kind of ministry you do?
- How do church congregations help or hinder the work you feel called to?
The next night we had Shane Claiborn, Chris Haw, and Scott and Jay from The Psalters come and perform "Jesus for President." It was an unbelievable synthesis of narative theology, liberation theology, political imagination, and John Howard Yoder with some deep country Tennessee thrown in. I felt like I was simultaniously at a Tom Wait's show, a Toni Morrison poetry reading, Walter Bruggemann seminary class, and post modern theatre. My friends Ryan and Holly Sharp also known as the Cobalt Season, were the artists behind the book design and the multimedia support- they nailed it!
The whole weekend was a huge success. The AJC wrote about it, we had folks from Auburn and Columbia, SC. And we had a huge crew of volunteers from the Atlanta Emergent Cohort, Marietta Presbyterian Church, and Mission Year.
If you're from the ATL go to Re-CONNECT.us and keep the movement going!