vol. 11, num. 6 :: 2012.03.16 — 2012.03.29
The word “organizing” might conjure up the rearranging of an exploding closet into neat stacks and rows or the filing of a desk full of flying papers. But it also refers to a group of people collaborating and strategizing to meet a specific goal. This issue will contain stories, models and heroes for both kinds of organizing—and if we’re lucky, maybe even make some creative connections between the two.
Taking stock of life’s clutter with joy and gratitude.
Considering what’s emerging for *cino after the spring thaw.
What happens when the mess in the house becomes a metaphor for the mess in other parts of life?
A disorganized collector reflects on human and divine nature.
Thinking about getting organized during Lent.
A review of The Virtue of Dialogue by Christopher Smith.
How our housekeeping tendencies can shape our identities in relation to others.
Rediscovering play as a young adult in a new city.
A list of links to organizations that are modeling the Acts community today.
Charlie Todd shares some of the ideas behind Improv Everywhere.
Jad and Robert explore one of the artifacts of community organizing: cities.
With small towns shrinking and services eroding, many Dakotans retain an appalling innocence about what it means to be rural in contemporary America. The year we lost our J.C. Penney store, young people were quoted in the town’s weekly newspaper as saying they’d like to see a McDonald’s or a K Mart open in its place. Somehow they have not grasped that in modern American capitalism, which they defend vociferously in the annual American Legion Auxiliary essay contest, the market is everything. Since there is no market here, nothing that counts demographically, we don’t exist.
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