Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category


Turning Prophets into Products

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21
Jan
2013
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Shouting at the Sea!

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19
Dec
2012
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My Take: The Church of England

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11
Nov
2012
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Happy Holidays from Spencer

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20
Dec
2011
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LWA FoodShares: People Changing Their Neighborhoods

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16
Jul
2011
LWA FoodShare Participant
Things change when neighborhoods work together to feed one another. It galvanizes everyones dignity and humanity.

Sometimes programs that ‘help’ people while feeding their belly’s strip their dignity. I’m happy our FoodShares encourage not just taking food but building community thru sharing food resources LWA connects them with. I’ve witnessed the personal transformation of men, women and children who were once skeptical, stand-offish and disenfranchised…become community stalwarts inspiring those around them.

Our FoodShare strategy is simple.Connect people willing to work to feed their neighborhood with socially responsible grocery stores who want to partner with Love Without Agenda.

Here is how it works. Stores like Trader Joe’s donate unsellable goods to Love Without Agenda. LWA partners with community houses, social responsible organizations, local innovators and good hearted churches. Each partner is assigned a day, store and pick-up schedule. LWA Read more...



About Rob Bell and the importance of asking questions.

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26
Feb
2011
When we as people fear people asking questions we have lost something very deeply human. Let’s learn to respect questions and strive to respectfully disagree and work together to act like Jesus. Let us be a part of the solution—not a part of the problem. Lets practice loving others who disagree with us theologically without agenda.

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Sometimes real needs are silent, when love looks like a vacuum

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10
Feb
2011
Sometimes.. The way we organize and systematize “Love”, usually in the form of primary care, is not bad, but seems to cause people to go on some sort of “care auto pilot”, and weaken our muscles of empathy and compassion. Sometimes when we think “help” we think of people in certain organizational categories “homeless”, “needy child”, “elderly”. Of course this is true, helping orphans, widows and the like, is good. But it seems that it can become hard to REALLY listen, to someone outside of the “weak box” who is REALLY hurting, and not just send them off to the ‘Democratic Dept of people who help you with our tax dollars’. Because we may get THAT feeling too. The one that cares. The Read more...



A Disney-ABC executive’s Love without agenda

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28
Jan
2011
It was hot, loud and crowded at Cornerstone Festival in Illinois. Young artists lined the streets to play loud but purposeful and passionate music, hardcore stuff. A lot of black clothing, a lot of tatoos and piercings, a lot of life wanting to burst forth. I love young people. The LWA kids were painting on second run t-shirts the word “Stop Consuming..”, when we met “Mama Dawn” A rocker herself, she was in a band called Crumbacher as a young adult. Now a single mom of teens and a Senior Management executive at Disney-ABC in California using her musical talents. The kids that hover around her call her Mama Dawn, she appears to have 20 or so kids. In listening to her amazing story, we found that she got her name Mama Dawn by sharing her “free Read more...



4 Men and a House

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23
Jan
2011

I am super lucky enough to know some great men, very great men, the kind of men that women dream of being around, the kind of men that they think are never to be found. They live with profound purpose and values, they get crap done, they are conquers for good, smashing the bad stuff all around. They protect, they model, they sacrifice, they are patient and disciplined. They are true, passionate and yet faithful. They don’t throw away money and come home drunk, they engage with all people in real ways. They do not lay around on couches with their hands in their pants, they work hard, for others. They do not wear khaki pants and fear making changes and confrontations in life, they are strong in the right way. They are generous. They are not perfect. They do not cover Read more...



One Woman’s Love Without Agenda

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22
Jan
2011
liz
She is up at 5 am every morning. First, to take care of a few pets, her paying job. Then, to take care of her family. Finally, to take care of people around her in need of a little help. She wants no pay, no prize, no pictures, no converts, no business connections. Liz is part of the food redistribution process. This is what that looks like: 7am every Friday freezing rain 100 degrees pick up truck strong arms the food and the people wait Using her husbands pick up truck, off we go to Trader Joes. Outside, 20 heavy garbage bags await. They are filled with unsaleable food, still healthy but not fully fresh. Huge bags of over ripe bananas, too much weight for the bag to carry, almost too much weight for our arms to pick up. Sometimes, we knock over the grocery cart to Read more...