Archive for October 2008

Trick AND Treat: A Social Experiment

We at The Purple Door seem to have developed a bit of a Halloween tradition.  For the third straight year, we went out to the UW campus to do our Trick AND Treat social experiment.  It’s a super simple, but fun approach to helping people think outside of themselves, and pay quality attention to others.  In years past here’s what we’ve done.  We set up a table on campus, with a big banner that says “FREE CANDY” on it.  We’re supplied with several cases of full-sized candy bars.  Most students are highly skeptical of course – wouldn’t you be?  We have to convince people that the candy really is free, but once we do, the fun begins.  We tell them, “O.k. there actually is a catch, but it’s a fun one.  We’re not going to give you one candy bar, we’re going to give you two.  One is for you […]



Happy Halloween from your friends at The Purple Door



Tweet of the week

Lots of the clever and pseudo-clever bloggers out there have themes they post on – “Music Monday,” “Top 3 Tuesday,” “Phriday Photo,” etc.  I don’t have the creative energy to maintain something like that week in, week out.  But if I did, I think I’d do a “Tweet of the Week” . . . or perhaps I’d call it “Tweek” for short.  This would just be my favorite post by someone I follow on Twitter.  I know, a lot of you don’t do Twitter, which is fine – I’m not trying to convert you (but if you are on Twitter and want to look me up, here I am).  For the uninitiated, a post on Twitter is referred to as a “tweet,” and must be 140 characters or less.  So here’s my favorite tweet of the week: From my friend, Eliacin (Twitter here, blog here): reflecting on the imagery that […]



Emergent Village Shifts

For the record, I’ll probably hate myself later for even blogging about this, but here goes anyway . . . Yeah, so this morning, like many others, found this letter on the Emergent Village blog, which discusses some changes in focus and direction for the organization.  They plan to “decentralize” their organization, phase out the employment of their National Coordinator, and focus on helping facilitate regional cohorts, etc. I’ve not read any of the comments on the EV blog, or any other commentary on this.  I’m sure lots of smart people are saying lots of smart things about this.  Me?  I must say I greet this news with essentially the same ambivalence that I greet any other news that comes out of EV.  Here are my opinions, in no ranked order of importance: 1. The phasing out of the National Coordinator position is a good thing.  I never actually thought […]



Nickelsville Benefit Concert



Giving people what they don't want (yet)

In a world where people believe they are not hungry, we must not offer food, but rather an aroma that helps them desire the food that we cannot provide.   Peter Rollins, How (Not) to Speak of God, p. 37



Make Something Day!!

  I’m super excited to pass the word along to you, dear readers that the Make Something Day website is now live. The Ecclesia Collective out of San Diego has been doing this for the past few years, with increasing amounts of attention, so they’ve taken their project to another level.  Make Something Day is sort of an extension of the Adbusters Buy Nothing Day . Make Something Day aims at something better: We believe that giving is a central part of being human. So, we replaced the negative with something positive: Make Something Day. Go ahead and give gifts this holiday season. As they say, giving is better than receiving. But that doesn’t mean buying something is. So, we encourage folks to avoid shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Instead, stay home, put a log on the fire and try making something for someone. Even for those of us […]



A taste of Halloween

Here’s what you get when it’s Halloween season and you’re in one of the great coffee cities of the world: Thanks Trabant!



Who speaks for the Emerging Church?

A couple of days ago, I sat with a couple of friends enjoying coffee and conversation.  All of us have been connected with the so-called emerging church at various levels for several years.  I’d drop their names here, but I don’t want to make the mistake trying to speak for them (for reasons that will become obvious in a minute) – let’s just say that they’re both fairly well known in this mini-movement, but not celebrities.  All of us have spent significant time with the celebrities, though.  We talked at length about where things are within this movement, how things got the way they are, and what we think needs to happen. Later that day, for research and writing purposes, I began plowing through a book on the movement, written by one of the celebrities.  I didn’t read every word on every page, but did go through it thoroughly enough […]



100 Thing Challenge

Michelle recently told me about an old friend of hers from her college days that found her on Facebook.  Sounds like a cool dude.  She told me about this, so I thought I’d pass it along to my readers. So, this guynameddave – Dave Bruno – is preparing himself to launch out into a thing he calls the “100 Thing Challenge.”  This is a way for him to personally confront consumerism in the world.  Beginning on November 12 – about a month from now – he will have eliminated the stuff of his life, and will live with only 100 personal things for one full year.  So, he’s getting rid of a bunch of his other stuff – tools, extra computer, clothing, sporting goods, etc.  By the time he starts, he’ll be down to 100, and on his way. Sounds very intriguing – definitely a challenging thing.  He’s got his […]