vol. 8, num. 12 :: 2009.06.05 — 2009.06.19
Those in the twenty-first century, industrialized world are increasingly dependent upon virtual realities for everyday tasks. Even the practice of typing on a typewriter has less direct mechanical relationship than that of typing on a computer keyboard. In this context, what is the value in choosing to do something by hand, in person, the old-fashioned way?
A life tapestry woven of baking bread and growing food and bearing children.
Spring rolls around again with broken earth and broken promises.
A new movement among women is going back to the basics.
Short film juxtaposes images of destruction and handmade creation.
Chronicling one week of creating something out of something by hand.
On the beauty of choosing the "by hand" way, while honoring the divine purposes of all human activity.
A practical guide for creating a useful craft from days of old.
Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about making things by hand.
The question of whether Google is making us "stoopid" may only begin to assess what we stand to lose.
A reflection on the purposes of hands and how technology can both enhance and hinder those purposes.
On skills, creativity and dependence.
A tradition of boating finds its current home in longing.
The journey of a skill from a hobby to a spiritual discipline.
Brian Dijkema reviews Richard Sennett’s book The Craftsman.
So do you want to make culture? Find a community, a small group who can lovingly fuel your dreams and puncture your illusions. Find friends and form a family who are willing to see grace at work in one another’s lives, who can discern together which gifts and which crosses each has been called to bear. Find people who have a holy respect for power and a holy willingness to spend their power alongside the powerless. Find some partners in the wild and wonderful world beyond church doors. And then, together, make something of the world.
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