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July 2013 Synchroblog – Light Summer Reading

2 Jul

It’s the dog days of summer … really hot in some places, really not in others.  We think some light summer reading is in order this month.  So … we’re asking you to tell a story.  Not just any story, but tell a story of your favorite prank.  Maybe you were the prankee.  Maybe you were the prankster.  Maybe you just heard about the prank from friends.  Whatever manner you know about the prank … we’re looking forward to reading the story of the best prank you know about.

The date of this month’s synchroblog has changed to the 3rd Wednesday of the month, July 17.

If you wish to participate, leave a comment below with your name, and the link to your blog post.  Please do this by the evening of Tuesday, July 16 to make sure you’re included.

April Synchroblog Link List – What If … ?

17 Apr

ImageWhat If … ?

When I was young, I loved to play the ‘what if’ game. It went like this: I would imagine an unlikely scenario and present it to my mother to find out what she thought. Since I had an active imagination, I engaged in this til I drove her to distraction and she would declare, “No more ‘what ifs’!!” Now that I’m older, I’ve discovered there is a whole group of people who play the ‘what if’ game. They’re called philosophers!

This month we invite you to play the ‘what if’ game with us. Try to imagine that some or all of the Bible narrative is not necessarily true history, but is myth of one sort or another. What sort of effect would that knowledge have on your faith? What effect might it have on the larger church? How would it change you? Would it change you and how you view the world?

We recognize that this might make some or all of you uncomfortable and while we recognize the struggle involved with that sort of discomfort, please feel free to blog about that fact as well. The ‘what if’ game can involve some prickly feelings and we welcome that as well.

Here are the links for for those participating this month:

April 2013 Synchroblog – What If … ?

3 Apr

ImageWhat If … ?

When I was young, I loved to play the ‘what if’ game.  It went like this:  I would imagine an unlikely scenario and present it to my mother to find out what she thought.  Since I had an active imagination, I engaged in this til I drove her to distraction and she would declare, “No more ‘what ifs’!!”  Now that I’m older, I’ve discovered there is a whole group of people who play the ‘what if’ game.  They’re called philosophers!

This month we invite you to play the ‘what if’ game with us.  Try to imagine that some or all of the Bible narrative is not necessarily true history, but is myth of one sort or another.  What sort of effect would that knowledge have on your faith?  What effect might it have on the larger church?  How would it change you?  Would it change you and how you view the world?

We recognize that this might make some or all of you uncomfortable and while we recognize the struggle involved with that sort of discomfort, please feel free to blog about that fact as well.  The ‘what if’ game can involve some prickly feelings and we welcome that as well.

Publish your posts by Tuesday April 16th and share your link here, and we’ll post the final link list on Wednesday morning, April 17th, to add to the bottom of your posts.  If you know other bloggers who might also want to participate, feel free to pass this invitation on.

Advent 2012 Link List – Tell Me A Story

12 Dec

Below you’ll find the link list for this month … but first, a reminder about our stories:

We find a lot of comfort in the story of Christmas, as we should. Advent is that time each year when we slowly make our way through the journey of that wonderful birth so long ago. Very often we, as the larger community of Christ, consider this season from the perspective of expectant waiting. But Advent is about much, much more … it’s about the harbingers of Jesus’ ministry on earth … hope, and love, and joy, and peace. What are your stories of hope, love, joy and peace? How do you remember them and pass them on to your family or your neighbors? Can you see the shadows of Jesus in them? Since it’s Christmas, won’t you please tell us all a story about Advent in your everyday life. Share your story on your blog this month. Post your links in the comment section by 6pm on Tuesday December 11th and a link list will be published on Wednesday December 12th.

A special thanks to Sonnie for answering the Synchroblog survey and inspiring the December synchroblog theme by reminding us that the best posts include people’s stories.

Our contributors for this month are:

Carol Kuniholm writing at Words Half Heard

Jeremy Myers tells us about Santa Clausette

Liz Dyer celebrates Dreams Do Come True

Leah Sophia digs in with Planting Hope

Glen Hager reveals a story of Christmas Surgery

Kathy Escobar wrestles with holiday expectations

Wendy McCaig  ponders storytelling in  Once Upon A Time

December Synchroblog 2012: Tell Me A Story

30 Nov

December: Tell Me A Story

We find a lot of comfort in the story of Christmas, as we should. Advent is that time each year when we slowly make our way through the journey of that wonderful birth so long ago. Very often we, as the larger community of Christ, consider this season from the perspective of expectant waiting. But Advent is about much, much more … it’s about the harbingers of Jesus’ ministry on earth … hope, and love, and joy, and peace. What are your stories of hope, love, joy and peace? How do you remember them and pass them on to your family or your neighbors? Can you see the shadows of Jesus in them? Since it’s Christmas, won’t you please tell us all a story about Advent in your everyday life. Share your story on your blog this month. Post your links in the comment section by 6pm on Tuesday December 11th and a link list will be published on Wednesday December 12th.

A special thanks to Sonnie for answering the Synchroblog survey and inspiring the December synchroblog theme by reminding us that the best posts include people’s stories.

July/August Synchroblog – Follow

20 Jul

In August Synchroblog will be partnering with Provoketive magazine. Provoketive will be hosting the Synchroblog for the month of August as we consider the concept of Following Jesus.

In order to for an article to be considered for this endeavor the author should sign up to be a writer for Provoketive first.  If you have already done this, you do not need to repeat the process.  It is very easy, and all of the instructions are below.

The topic:  Follow.  In August we are going to consider the idea of following.  Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me,” and that has powerful implications in the way we live.  How does that affect you?   We believe the power of voice has tremendous capacity to inspire and encourage people. Provoketive is a space to explore our humanity, who we follow, and who is following us.

Here are the instructions for August only:

1. Sign up to be a writer on Provoketive.  Click here <http://provoketive.com/writing-for-provoketive/>  and fill out the form.  We’ll send you all the instructions to add your post. This step is unnecessary if you have already registered.

2. Write and submit a 500-1,000 word post on the subject of following.  Some things to consider writing about include: what are the rules for following Jesus?  Are we going somewhere when we follow Jesus? Has your journey changed over time? Is there more than one way to follow Jesus?  What are the markers of a person following Jesus?

You may post the article on your own blog if you wish, but wait for the schedule to be posted after August 1st.

3. All posts must be submitted to Provoketive by August 1.

4.The articles will be posted on Provoketive each day throughout the month of August.

5.  A schedule will be provided in early August so that authors know when they will be featured on Provoketive’s website.

Link List – March 2012 Synchroblog – All About Eve

21 Mar

UPDATE! Due date for posts has changed to 6 p.m. EST on March 20, 2012

Women’s History Month Observance Poster (Defense Department illustration: Peter Hemmer)

It’s Women’s History month and International Women’s Day is March 8. Women’s rights have been all over the news recently, from bills in Congress and state representative bodies to crass “jokes” by national broadcasters. The idea that women are or should be equal to men has become a polarizing topic of discussion on the national stage. So we thought Synchroblog might jump right in. Anything concerning women in general, women and the church, balancing women’s rights with religious freedoms, the differences between men and women … these are all good topics for blog posts.

There is one caveat, we are asking that the Synchroblog be a voice of moderation and temperance. You may have strong beliefs on this subject and that is good. Giving voice those beliefs in a spirit of cooperation and bridge-building is also good. We would like these posts to step in that direction.

Here are a couple of great examples of moderate writing on women’s issues to prime your writing …

–> An Apology From Limbaugh, But The Damage Is Done by Denny Burke -

–> And now…on the other side (critique of extreme complementarianism) by Roger E. Olsen

This topic idea brought to you by Wendy McCaig and Katherine Gunn (aka Jeannette Ailtes) … thank you for your help, ladies.

The link list is below …

Michelle Morr Krabill – Why I Love Being a Woman
Marta Layton – The War on Terror and the War on Women
Ellen Haroutounian – March Synchroblog – All About Eve
Jeremy Myers – Women Must Lead the Church
Carol Kuniholm – Rethinking Hupotasso
Wendy McCaig – Fear Letting Junia Fly
Tammy Carter – Pat Summit: Changing the Game & Changing the World
Jeanette Altes – On Being Female
kathy escobar – replacing the f-word with the d-word (no not those ones)
Melody Hanson – Call Me Crazy, But I Talk To Jesus Too
Glenn Hager – Walked Into A Bar
Steve Hayes – St. Christina of Persi
Leah Sophia – March Syncroblog-All About Eve
Liz Dyer – The Problem Is Not That I See Sexism Everywhere…
Sonja Andrews – International Women’s Day
Sonnie Swenston-Forbes – The Women
Christine Sine –
It All Begins With Love
K.W. Leslie – Undoing the Subordination of Women
Carie Good – The Math of Mr. Cardinal
Dan Brennan – Ten Women I Want To Honor

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