Video introduction: The Framework for Mystery

by Chris Lorensson on 18 May 2011 with comments

The Framework for Mystery on Vimeo.

Sharing the lamp-oil

by Chris Lorensson on 11 May 2011 with comments

This is something I wrote after the 12th annual Schloss Mittersill Arts Conference.

As each year previous, we have each been shocked with light in conversations which will effect immediate and lifelong change, and yet we also make the sad journey home. This journey is the red flag we are forced to stake in order to continue in life, but it represents a physical and almost vicious tearing away from what we hold dear- community, creativity, and ultimately the experience of meeting Jesus again and again with each new conversation of art. Read the rest of this entry »

Trike Campaign in Portland

by Chris Lorensson on 5 May 2011 with comments

If you don’t already know, CJ and the Wrench Raiders in Portland have launched their Tricycle Campaign to get enough donations for the next step in their intiative of helping homeless and less fortunate people get bikes and get their bikes fixed (as in repaired, not hipster-ified). They’re a bunch of nice folks who go around helping people. How awesome is that? But they need your help to make it happen, by donating to their tricycle fund.

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Community member investment

by Chris Lorensson on 5 May 2011 with comments

This post is about the philosophy of personal buy-in — the idea that, unless one has invested into something in some way, the commitment and “buy-in” will not be significant enough to make a difference.

In communities, this means that each individual member should invest into the community, or have a previous investment into it before ‘joining’. Using my involvement with the LoveBristol Community as an example, their ethos or vision paralleled with my own in some areas. The fact they’re focused on local social regeneration in a practical and spiritual way was something into which I already had a deep personal investment. I also shared the desire to be a part of growing a new community through action, as well as the journey of learning together. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Organic’ Community- my experience

by Chris Lorensson on 1 May 2011 with comments

Let me talk a little bit about one of my other community experiences, which I will simply call the men’s bible study. I want to talk about why this experience made me lean toward ‘organic’ community models, as opposed to communities which have been thoughtfully created, or intentional community.

My men’s bible study, as I mentioned in a previous post, was completely un-planned. There was no goal, no vision, no strategy, no hierarchy. But there was a schedule. Saturday nights. A lot people who believe the same things as myself about community would think that even having a schedule would kill it, but in this case, it didn’t. Actually, it simplified things and made it a bit easier to thrive. Read the rest of this entry »