vol. 10, num. 6 :: 2011.03.25 — 2011.04.07
Snow melts and the leaves that piled up in the corners reveal themselves. Eagerness for summer boils over into a closet cleansing. Is a clean house a prerequisite for or an impediment to hospitality? To peace of mind? On the ways in which cleaning leaves us weary or satisfied, annoyed or at ease.
When does cleaning become more than a healthy habit?
On scrubbing consumerism's stain out of our cleaning rituals.
A beginner's guide from the shopkeeper of Love Your Mother earth-friendly goods.
Attempting to invoke patience one closet at a time.
Of sanity and hospitality in a home that's dirty enough to be happy.
Within the folds of clean clothes, a mother discovers something about her own mother.
On finding God in the dish water, vacuum cleaner and toilet.
What is the sound of one hand washing again and again and again?
Caroline Langston on keeping the house mindfully.
Worship is a world-making endeavor. By singing songs of praise to God, we proclaim the source of ultimate sovereignty in the world. By singing the poem of Colossians 1:15-20, the early church subversively announced that Christ, not Caesar, is Lord. By singing that song today, we proclaim that Christ – not the global market, not he president of the United States, not Microsoft, not military might – is the Lord of our lives. In the face of empire, “what is needed is imaginative, liturgic world-making that enacts a world more credible than the world of empire.”* By reciting these stories to each other in worship, we shape our imaginations in a way that engenders an alternative praxis, a character shaped in the image of God.
Brian Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
* - Walter Brueggemann
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