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What is Truly Unjust?

February 4, 2008

So here’s something we should all consider: the Gaza strip borders Israel and Egypt, yet it is not recognized as a part of either country. There have been and continue to be wars over the ownership of this land. It is presently being controlled — dare I say ruled — by Hamas, a group that has been described as “a murderous terror organization.” Israel, an ally of the United States, has decided to cut off power to the Gaza Strip as a form of “economic warfare.”

Pause here to think about everything we use electricity for. There will be no electricity in homes, schools, hospitals and public places. The Gaza strip has 1.5 million residents that include innocent civilians — men, women and children; sick, healthy and dying. They all need electricity to purify their water, incubate their babies and run their dialysis machines, among other things. What is truly unjust? Yes, we can take a stance even in such a long-standing problem. Find out more about the war, make petitions, talk about it, raise awareness — but most importantly, PRAY!

-Ibukunoluwa Akinboyo

Links to Justice

February 4, 2008

During Justice Week we are engaging people that are on different levels of knowledge about injustices around the world. After learning and dealing with these issues during Justice Week, we hope that people will be motivated to respond to their calling. Below is a list of just a few organizations in which you can get involved in to help further the cause for justice:

Campus Coalition Against Trafficking (CCAT)
This is a university campus movement that seeks to build the anti-trafficking movement by training emerging leaders, fostering youth empowerment, raising awareness about human trafficking and encouraging linkages among social injustices. (www.ccatcoalition.org)

He Intends Victory
This organization has been active since 1990 and has worked to promote the hope of Jesus Christ to those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. He Intends Victory is committed to sharing the hope of Christ as a cure for the hopelessness that comes with HIV/AIDS. (www.heintendsvictory.com)

ONE:: The Campaign to make Poverty History
ONE is Americans of all beliefs and every walk of life united to help make poverty history. As ONE, we are raising public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease and efforts to fight such problems in the world’s poorest countries. As ONE, we are asking our leaders to do more to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty. Everyone can join the fight. (www.one.org)

The Micah Challenge
Micah Challenge is a global Christian-run campaign. Our aims are to deepen our engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities; and to challenge international leaders, and leaders of rich and poor countries, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, which could halve global poverty by 2015. (www.michachallenge.org)

There is a long list of Justice Organizations with which you can get involved. A few more to add to this list are: Not for Sale, The Simple Way, Trade as One, Compassion, International Justice Mission, Free the Slaves, World Vision, World Relief, Acting on AIDS, The Salvation Army, Tearfund and Bread for the World.

-Katie Martin

David Batstone — Not for Sale (2007)

April 18, 2007
The current hot topic of justice is the subject of David Batstone’s “Not for Sale.” Offering detailed accounts of slavery found in the United States and in outside countries, the words flowing from the pages touch close to home. This is not an easy read. Although it is intriguing and heart wrenching, it is also scary, holding stories of which we would rather claim ignorance.

The official book of the Amazing Change campaign, this book both challenges and offers hope. Batstone skillfully networks together the different abolitionist efforts such as International Justice Mission and Free the Slaves, showing that this is a joint effort that needs more energy. He writes with passion and high expectations as he challenges readers to become abolitionists, a vocation that he believes still continues. This book tells stories of college students who have made successful efforts towards abolition.

Read this book. I challenge you to read it and to not feel a fire burn inside of you as you read of children soldiers in Uganda, of little girls being enslaved, of women continually tricked into prostitution. My hope is that after reading “Not for Sale” you will be unwilling to except the sight of injustice without digging past the surface.

–sk

God Loves Film (Got a Light?)

April 18, 2007
I’ve been making short films since the summer before my Senior year of High School. Since then I’ve made over 70 short films. As to why I make films on my own, instead of just for classes, it’s mainly because I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. I believe this is what I was meant to do.
I always think of Eric Little from Chariots of Fire when I think about making films. He says that he feels God’s pleasure when he runs, and he can’t stop running because God made him fast. I feel the same way about making and watching films. When I see a film by directors like Wong Kar Wai, Jia Zhang Ke, Chan Wook Park, or Hou Hsiao Hsien I not only see God in the humanness and artistry of those films, but I feel God calling me to go out there and do the same.

God loves films. He loves new innovative styles and cinematography. And I love films because I see God’s beauty and truth in them. He made me to love films, and I’m just doing what he created me to do. That’s the amazing thing about movies–they capture God’s creation. Films capture humans in God’s world, and we can experience so much of God’s love, truth, and beauty in his creation through films. And the cool thing about it, is that we experience them through a film in a new, fresh, unique way that we could never do in real life. A minimalist film like Last Life in the Universe shows a real-life situation in Bangkok. But the style of the film makes it extraordinary. The music, the cinematography, the pacing– all of these things add to this world that would not be there in every day life. Films celebrate the possible beauty of everything! As Christopher Doyle says, “maybe–just maybe–by celebrating the possible beauty in things, films can change the world just a little.”

The other huge reason I make films is because I think (I hope at least), that I have something to say that will mean something to someone. I want people to walk out of my films asking big questions. I want people to love people more after watching my films. I want people to love God more after watching my films. I want to challenge people in the messages I bring across.

I hope my latest film Got a Light accomplishes some of that. I hope I showed the beauty of God’s world and God’s people in this film. The film is showing on at 7 p.m. on April 21, in John White Chapel in Old Main, but people can show up as early as 6 for refreshments.

–Mark Sanders

Light for Darfur

April 18, 2007
The Light for Darfur Project arose from the desire of students to raise awareness about the situation that has been going on in the Sudan for the past four years. The project will culminate with an event in Johnson Gym on Saturday, April 21st from 4-7 p.m.

During the first hour, attendees will have the opportunity walk through a pictorial history of genocide. Dr. Ali Dinar, a native of the Sudan and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will be speaking at 5 p.m. Students have been hard at work to create a multimedia experience that will challenge you to move from being a bystander to an active participant in the fight against the injustice of genocide. There will be opportunities for prayer support and also monetary support through donations and the purchase of t-shirts. Come and be educated, informed and challenged.

For more information on the Light for Darfur Project, visit our website at http://www.geocities.com/lightfordarfur.

-Rachel Veydt

A First Hand Look

March 22, 2007

Too often we define the city of New Orleans, by the devastating affects of hurricane Katrina. My perception was proved wrong, after returning to New Orleans for the second time on the spring break missions trips.

The people of New Orleans are filled with a spirit of hope, and a commitment to rebuilding their lives and communities. They are not defined by the storm, but rather by their incredible culture, and their perseverance to embrace change and continue the progress being made.

There still is a huge need for volunteers, so if you are interested in volunteering and visiting a unique culture Google Trinity Christian Community, Hollygrove, New Orleans. Or email me at kllandes@geneva.edu.

–kll

The Well Fund Update

March 14, 2007


Donations: $1,216.70
Matched by The Call: $500.00
Total: $1,716.70

Cost of a Well: $5,390.00
Still Needed: $3,673.30

We’re going to take this opportunity to yet again say THANK YOU. We’d have zero bucks without you.

However, we still could use some more. Keep it coming. It’ll help.

Why culture. ish. Part II

March 14, 2007

Why culture. ish.?

Because that question has to be asked. In an atmosphere where every action is expected to be circumscribed and propped up by mission statements that read like the credo printed on top of bathroom hand dryers, where every endeavor is required to submit a financial plan and detailed cost analysis, where some new and trendy vision of the beloved community is always around the corner, asking to be made immediately real, culture. ish. seeks to make its place somewhere else.

We don’t aim to be in conflict with those things, but to exist outside of their tightly-knit world, subsisting in joyous practice. Our aim is not to communicate facts and bits of data. Rather, if we are looking to educate, it is in a deeper and more interactive sense – a mutual education that is found in sharing of ourselves and earnestly listening as we seek to practice a Christian relationship with art and culture, and in drawing those around us into that same ecstatic dance.

–ap

Why culture. ish.?

February 26, 2007

culture. ish. is about education; the habits of knowing and doing. Education here means “being transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:1). So how does this happen? Contemporary college students, and the colleges that are supposed to serve them, have fallen into a horrible dualism (taken something whole and divided it into separate and disintegrated parts). On the one hand, is “Christian” education and the classroom that is suppose to teach students a Christian worldview, and on the other is the culture that surrounds students in all areas of their life, “it is the air we breathe,” the water we swim in.
We often separate knowing from doing. These are not two separate entities, with labels like “good” and “bad,” sacred/secular, etc. Rather, “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” ( Ps.24:1). Culture.ish. longs to see life holistically, like the Biblical narrative teaches. This does not, however, mean that Culture.ish. is a priest that baptizes and makes holy everything that it reviews and talks about so that students will know that it is safe and pleasing to God. Culture.ish. is the beginning of a conversation about what it means to live in God’s world, to see the world and hear the world the way God does.
It is deism to say that God doesn’t listen to U2 and watch <em>The Office</em>, because the Christian God is a God who is involved in our redemption, on a very physical level… “lowering himself…”(Phil. 4). God redeems us by making us discerning participants of this world, to be culture critics, culture lovers, and culture makers and shapers. Culture.ish. places its hopes in God being able to transform Geneva students from a view of a legalism that damns them to a view of God’s grace manifesting itself in all the places we sometimes fail to look. The Christian God is huge; we are merely the small and finite creatures. Hopefully Geneva College can be a place where people are known for having “eyes to see, and ears to hear,” and hearts and minds to practice wisdom and resurrection. Culture.ish. is an attempt to step faithfully into God’s world.

Why culture. ish.? Introduction.

February 26, 2007

Every Wednesday afternoon the culture. ish. contributors gathers on the third floor of Old Main for planning and conversation. Because one of our hopes in producing culture. ish. is to encourage conversation about popular culture, maybe getting at the “why” of our cultural participation, we thought as a group we should ask the question “why culture. ish.?” Over the next few months the black box will include individual and collect responses to the question “why culture. ish.?” and more fundamentally “why engage culture?” As always we encourage your contributions to the conversation online at www.culture-ish.com.